Celebrate our 5th anniversary and grand opening of the New Spain Art Collection!

We’re open on Monday, June 14 to Sunday, June 20 this week.

Special events include:

  • Monday, June 14 and Tuesday June 15–Free gift bags for youth (while supplies last)
  • Wednesday, June 16, 11:00 a.m.–Birds of Prey
  • Friday, June 18, 11:00 a.m.–Happy Tails Exotic Animals Petting Zoo
  • Saturday June 19, 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.–Family Fun Day with music, games, sidewalk painting and youth piñatas

Special thanks to our sponsors BEC and Spirits of Texas!

What’s new?
We’re pleased to announce the New Spain Art collection is open. There are more than 150 pieces from the New Spain period (1521 to 1820) that are on permanent display at the museum.  Some of the artists in the New Spain exhibit include: Juan Correa, Miguel Cabrera, Cristobal de Villalpando, Jose de Ibarra and Morales Van den Eynden. This art collection is the first of its kind in the United States thanks to the generosity of Juan Carlos and Mary Vargas Infante.

When you enter the art hall, discover how the Manila Galleons played a critical role in transporting New Spain art on its trade route. The Manila Galleon Isabella model ship displays a detailed diorama of life on a ship as imports from Asia were transported from Manila, Philippines to Acapulco, Mexico.

What’s included in the wildlife exhibits?

Trixie is the triceratops that was used in the “Night at The Museum” film. The “Jurassic Park” reproduction company made 16 life-size dinosaurs and ice age animals plus four educational play stations. In the International Hall, six dioramas representing six regions of the world were painted by university artists from Mexico City.

Other museum collections:

  • Over 100 full body animal mounts
  • Unique art pieces such as ceremonial masks from Latin America
  • 2,000 lb. jade tiger from Taiwan
  • 50 ft. Bas Relief wall mural depicting 500 million years of life from the Precambrian period to the present
  • Italian bronze casting by Ettore Pascalini
  • Isaac Carrasco wood carvings
  • Life size replica of a flying “Quetzalcoatlus” with a 36′ wingspan
  • Authentic 20,000-year-old femur bone from a mammoth
  • Texas Hill Country Master Naturalist Chapter is working with the museum and planted native plants that attract butterflies and birds

What amenities are available for visitors?

  • Free parking
  • Gift shop for adults and youth
  • Twiga Cafe and covered patio seating with snack and beverage vending machines
  • Knowledgeable tour guides to answer questions about wildlife exhibits and New Spain Art
  • Original background music composed for the International Hall and New Spain Art hall to enhance your visit
  • Zoological tour on our webpage with details about each animal
  • Sensory Safari Program for sight challenged groups


When are you open?




What are admission prices?

You can visit the Wildlife or New Spain Art exhibits, but we recommend you buy an ALL ACCESS PASS to see it all.

Or consider becoming a member to see everything all year long.  You’ll get free admission to the museum and events.





ADULT $15 $10 $10
YOUTH (4-12) $8 $6 $6
SENIORS (65+) $12 $8 $8
GROUP PRICES (8 or more)
ADULT $12 $8 $8
YOUTH (4-12) $8 $5 $5
Group visits

We offer unique opportunities to student groups for an enriching day outside of the classroom or for birthday parties. Also, we have had reunions and anniversary parties for adults. To schedule a special visit, please call (830) 328-5090 or email