Best Texas Museums

New Perot Museum of Nature & Science in DallasTexas has hundreds of museums and here is our list of the best museums in Texas. Texas is home to a wide variety of museums from one room museums in West Texas with a bird nest and some western artifacts to the brand new 180,000 square foot $185 million Perot Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas with 5 floors of fun stuff to see and learn about. In Texas you'll find some of the nations best art museums, nature museums, science and history museums, and specialty museums for cars, sports, Holocaust, oil, Texas Ranger, children's, printing, and more. On a hot summer day or a cold blustery rainy afternoon, it's hard to beat spending a few hours in some of the best museums in Texas. This page is brand new and we'll be adding new museums as quickly as possible. Let us know about your favorites museums in Texas.  

If you like Texas music, you should check out our list of Texas Music Museums which pay tribute to musicans like Selena, Buddy Holly, Tex Ritter, or Roy Orbison and more.

Best Dallas and North Texas Museums

Sci-Tech Discovery Center


Bubble machine

The Sci-Tech Discovery Center's mission is to provide a dynamic educational experience to inspire all ages to embrace discovery and innovation through the active exploration of science, math, and technology. Read about our fun visit to the Sci-Tech Discovery Center.

The Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture

New Braunfels

The Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture

The Museum showcases the woodworking craftsmanship of European immigrants to central Texas in the mid 19th century. Located on a beautifully wooded 11 acres in historic New Braunfels, the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture houses a stunning collection of structural and domestic artifacts from some of the first European migrants who settled in the heart of the lone star state.

Sid Richardson Museum

Ft Worth

Sid Richardson Museum

The Sid Richardson Museum features permanent and special exhibitions of paintings by the premier Western artists, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. The works, reflecting both the romance and reality of the American West, are the legacy of the late oilman and philanthropist, Sid Williams Richardson. The collection also includes works by Oscar E. Berninghaus, Charles F. Browne, Edwin W. Deming, William Gilbert Gaul, Peter Hurd, Frank Tenney Johnson, William R. Leigh, Peter Moran and Charles Schreyvogel. Admission is free.

National Videogame Museum


Playing Pong

If you love videogames from the days of their creation in the 1970s (remember Pong) up until Nintendo and later than you'll love this museum as it steps you through the history of videogames and includes several you can play plus a video arcade with over 40 machines with games like space invaders, donkey kong, pac man and more. Read about our fun visit to the National Videogame Museum.

Perot Museum of Nature & Science


Perot Museum of Nature & Science

The new 180,000 square feet $185 million Perot Museum of Nature & Science opened in late 2012 and it is spectacular. Five levels with 11 permanent exhibits with everything from building and programming a small robotic vehicle to 3 D state of the art movies to life size dinosaur skeletons to an earthquake simulation. Great for everyone from 3 to 93 and lots of hands on and digital displays about science and nature.

Best East Texas Museums

Texas State Railroad


Texas State Railroad

This 'rolling museum' takes passengers on a journey through the impressive Piney Woods and 135 years of history inside vintage 1920's rail cars pulled by steam or diesel locomotives. Flanked by a Victorian and Iron-Ore depot, each rider is given a glimpse of what it would have been like to catch a train in the golden age of rail travel.
Today, passengers traverse over this historic iron passage, with narration provided throughout the trip giving a glimpse into the legend and lore associated with this scenic railroad of a century in passing.

Best San Antonio Museums

Witte Museum & South Texas Heritage Center

San Antonio

Two good museums for the price of one. The Witte Museum has historic artifacts and photographs, Texas art, textiles, the world-renowned Hertzberg Circus Collection, dinosaur bones, cave drawings, Texas wildlife dioramas and the four-story H-E-B Science Treehouse. The South Texas Heritage Center tells some stories about cowboys, cattle, chili queens, oil, and outlaws of South Texas.

Best Hill Country Museums

Texas Basketball Museum


Texas Basketball Museum

The Museum will feature a rich history of Texas High School Basketball, with the Hall of Fame room, and trophy cases full of exhibits of Texas Basketball legends that have achieved their fame as a player, coach or contributor. See the players that were Mr. & Miss Basketball from across the STATE. Follow the rise of champions and the players that went from High School, to College, and to the PRO's.

Hill Country Science Mill

Johnson City

Hill Country Science Mill

Discover the fun of science at the Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City! Housed in an 1880s mill, this non-profit science center offers a fun, interactive learning environment for the whole family.

Visit for more information on hours, special events, field trips and summer camps.

Best South Texas & Rio Grande Valley Museums

Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History

Corpus Christi, Texas

early kitchen

The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History is home to more than 90,00 square feet of exhibits and displays that are unique to Corpus Christi and the surrounding area. You'll get to walk through 500 years of Texas history from shipwrecks of early explorers to decorative arts from historic Corpus families to a children's science center.

International Museum of Art & Science

McAllen, Texas

One of the art exhibits at IMAS

International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is a Smithsonian Affiliated museum that is regarded as the premiere art and science museum of South Texas.

You can participate in hands-on science exhibits and an interesting and unique playscape, learn about original works of art, and enjoy a number of revolving art and science exhibits each year.

Museum of South Texas History

Edinburg, Texas

exhibit at Museum of South Texas

The Museum of South Texas History features exhibits on the history of the Rio Grande Valley, as well as the rest of South Texas and Northern Mexico. You can walk through very well done exhibits starting with the giant prehistoric mosasaur and an ice age mammoth followed by the native indians, the colonization and exploration by the Spanish, the Mexican War and US Civil War, and then the eras of the steamboat, cattle kingdom, and the coming of the railroad followed by south Texas most recent history. Very interesting, well done, and informative.

Panhandle Museums

The Devil's Rope Museum


Devil's Rope Museum

Everything you want to know about barbed wire and fencing tools. This museum explores the history and breadth of barbed wire, which is the fencing that settled the West. Exhibits and vintage tools shed light on the often overlooked contribution that barbed wire made to Texas history.

Best Motorcycle Museums

Lone Star Motorcycle Museum

Vanderpool, Texas

Lone Star Motorcycle Museum

Since the museum is located in the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country they take advantage of the great motorcycling roads all around. They display over 60 wonderful collections of machines from all around the world dating from the 1920's to modern.


The South Texas Motorcycle Museum

Edinburg, Texas

South Texas Motorcycle Museum

Their mission is to educate the public by celebrating and preserving the rich culture, engineering, art and history of the motorcycle. This amazing museum of motorcycles include about 99% american made (Harley, Indian, Ace, Henderson) in great and unique staging.

The Haas Moto Museum

Dallas, Texas

The Haas Moto Museum

With 180 cycles spanning 12 decades, from 1901 to the present housed in the Museum and the Dragon Gallery. This is a revival of a cultural phenomenon.  The Haas Collection has no equal anywhere, with its seemingly endless array of truly unique cycles embedded in two venues.


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