TEXAS HERITAGE MUSEUM
112 Lamar Drive
Summer hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
What’s there? Extensive exhibits on American wars since the founding of Texas complete with period weaponry; Historical Research Center with deep Confederate history collection; State Medal of Honor Memorial to native-born Texans; short films on Texas history, Hood’s Texas Brigade in the Civil War and World War II hero Audie Murphy; Hill College Press, with 47 published books.
Don’t miss: Medal of Honor Memorial with names of all Texas MOH recipients; Vietnam War exhibit with Viet Cong weapons, wooden sampan boat and helicopter nose cone; 7-foot plaster statue of Robert E. Lee by sculptor Pompeo Coppini; letter signed by Lee during his pre-war Texas command; battle flag of Parsons’ Brigade, 12th Texas Cavalry; Civil War band instruments; dioramas of the Battle of the Alamo and Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg; hardtack and “Remember the Maine” candy dish from the Spanish-American War.
Gift shop: Yes, with books, posters, Texana, stuffed animals and “Come and Take It” T-shirts.
For Thursdays in July, we’re profiling some of the smaller museums in Central Texas for summer day trips, educational visits or simply contact with the new and different.