Star of the Republic Museum

23200 Park Rd. 12
Washington, TX 77880

For ten years, from 1836 to 1846, the Republic of Texas proudly but precariously existed as a separate and unique nation.


The Star of the Republic Museum was created by the Texas Legislature and is administered by the Texas Historical Commission as a cultural and educational institution. Its purpose is to collect and preserve the material culture of the Texas Republic (1836-1846) and to interpret the history, cultures, diversity, and values of early Texans. The Museum strives to inspire interest, understanding and appreciation of Texas heritage for students, teachers, scholars, and the general public through exhibits, tours, programs, web activities, and outreach.


Since 1972, the Star of the Republic Museum at Washington-on-the-Brazos has held the highest honor a museum can receive: accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), being one of the first museums in the state and nation to be so designated. Accreditation certifies that a museum operates according to standards set forth by the museum profession, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality service to the public. Of the nearly 8,500 museums nationwide, approximately 800 are accredited. AAM is based in Washington, D.C. and has served the museum profession since 1906. The Museum was re-accredited in 2010.

Museum History

In 1965, when Gus Mutscher was a State Representative from Washington County, he introduced a bill appropriating $800,000 for construction of a “Worthy Museum, at the Birthplace of Texas that would be a Star upon a Star.” In 1969, Speaker of the House Mutscher, sponsored HB 634 of the Sixty-first Texas Legislature transferring ownership of the museum to Blinn College and appropriating an annual operating budget. The museum was dedicated and formally opened on March 1, 1970. It is the only museum in the state created by the Legislature for the exclusive purpose of interpreting the republic period of Texas history and its material culture.

Upcoming Events

October 1

Texas Pioneers Badge

What was it like to be a girl in the Republic of Texas?  Join us as we present a 2-hour program specially designed for Girl Scouts and Heritage Girls to explore life as a pioneer in Texas. Once completed, girls will receive their badge/patch.  ...

October 15


Join us at the museum to try your hand at activities and skills needed by kids during the Republic era. This month, we’ll be making both handcut Native American Spiral Snakes and Mexican Talavera Tile Magnets from 11-4 or until supplies run out....

October 21

Tombstone Trail

As darkness falls along the banks of the Brazos River we invite you to travel with us down the Tombstone Trail.  Your journey will wind you through the heart of Old Washington where ghostly tales from Texas's past will come to life.  From the...

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