Looking for more things to do in Edinburg or around the Rio Grande Valley? Take a look back in time and find out how the RGV has changed over the years. From Native Americans to the Spanish Conquistadors, your property is a part of the rich history that has helped make what the Valley is today. Find out more about the history of the region by visiting the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg or others just minutes away!
Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg
Trying to preserve the rich culture and history of the 1910 old Hidalgo County Jail, the museum was founded in 1967 as the Hidalgo County Historical Museum. After a $5.5 million, 22,500 square foot expansion, it was renamed the Museum of South Texas History in 2003.
Today, the museum preserves and presents the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico. Visitors can find prehistoric plants, animal fossils, native people and European colonization exhibits, a steamboat replica, the old jail and so much more!
Events often take place at the Museum of South Texas, including:
- Sunday Speaker Series
- Puppet shows
- MOSTHistory Happy Hour
- Read Aloud
- Crafts Days
Of course, living in the Rio Grande Valley means being just minutes away from other cities! Each has its own rich history that adds to the RGV. If you want to explore more outside of Edinburg, here is a list of museums that will interest your whole family!
International Museum of Art & Science
The International Museum of Art & Science was formally opened to the public on October 26, 1969 with a 5,000 square foot building. It was developed through the efforts of the McAllen Junior League to increase the quality of life for citizens of the Rio Grande Valley and to provide activities in arts and sciences that are meaningful, educational and available to the public.
On July 4, 1976, a new building was completed as a Bicentennial Project and the museum moved to 1900 W. Nolana Ave., its current location. A new expansion, partially funded by the New Millennium Capital Campaign, was constructed and completed in 2001 that added an additional 17,259 square feet to accommodate three classrooms, an artist studio, cafe, gift shop, theater and a hands-on exhibition space called the Children’s Discovery Pavilion.
That same year, the museum completed its “Community Big Build” project and unveiled “RioScape: A Children’s Discovery Park” that incorporates play in an outdoor learning environment to reflect scientific and environmental concepts specific to the Rio Grande River. The Museum currently has over 50,000 square feet of exhibit space and public access areas. Look for events happening at IMAS by visiting its Facebook event page.
McAllen Heritage Center
McAllen Heritage Center Museum of McAllen History & Culture opened to the public in June of 2008. It provides a place to exhibit and assist in the preservation of sites, works of art, documents, papers, pictures, records and writings of historical, traditional or cultural value. The MHC perpetuates these customs of the people, traditions and folklore, which beautify and enrich the community life of McAllen. The MHC cooperates with other persons, groups, organizations and agencies in accomplishing these objectives by educating the public with the knowledge of inherited regional values. Admission into the MHC is FREE! For more information, visit its website here.
Mission Historical Museum
Opened in 2002, the Mission Historical Museum has since added so much to the Rio Grande Valley’s rich culture. This museum maintains both long-term and temporary exhibits, and presents a range of events and programs for all ages.
The museum is housed in two historic buildings in downtown Mission. The Shary Building, which carries a Texas historical marker, was built by Valley pioneer John H. Shary in 1939. The structure was transformed into a museum after serving as the city hall for many years. The post office was built in 1940 and houses an original WPA mural, the only one still existing in the Valley today.
The Weslaco Museum
At the Weslaco Museum, the sights and sounds of the past come alive. With historical exhibits, look back into the RGV’s history with early Native American cultures, the arrival of Spanish Conquistadors, the Tejano culture, revolutions and wars, the founding of Weslaco and the local culture that has shaped the city. Admission is free on the first Saturday of each month! For more information, visit the museum’s website here.
The Alamo Museum
In Alamo, there is a BIG collection of approximately 1,800 angel figures created by Shirl Pfeiffer over a period of 30 years! Shirl and her husband, Paul, are from Wisconsin and were Winter Texans for some time before settling in Alamo. Shirl later offered the collection to the city. For more information about this unique collection, click here!
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Living in Edinburg has many perks for you and your family. Find the perfect property that’s minutes away from museums, restaurants and so much more! Santa Cruz can help you find the perfect property for your family by calling 956.239.2491 or reaching out to us online.