For more than five years, a group of community supporters and leaders worked tirelessly to turn a dream into a one of the Hill Country’s top destinations. Built on eight acres, a 14,000-square-foot building was filled with exhibits for people to explore, experience, educate, and enjoy.
The spark that ignited the campaign to build the Bandera Natural History Museum began with Juan Carlos lnfante’s vision to create a place for all people, regardless of age or special needs, to experience and learn about the world’s amazing wildlife. A Board of Directors was formed in 2011 with the mission of establishing and operating a museum for educational and charitable purposes in the name of Bandera Exotic Wildlife Museum. By early 2015, property had been acquired within the city of Bandera and construction began for 14,000 sq. ft. building. In that same year, the Board changed its name from Bandera Exotic Wildlife Museum to Bandera National History Museum to more accurately reflect the broader scope of our display and our education mission. The museum is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes and is a nonprofit business with 501(c)(3) status. The facility opened its doors June 18, 2016.