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Museum of the Big Bend

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Address: sul Ross State University Campus, Alpine, TX 79832-0001
Phone Number:
+1 432-837-8145
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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great local history and strong art collection.

Get museum curator Matt Walter to tell you about the map collection! Not only was I amazed, but was able to share the knowledge later on at another Map Collection! Trappings of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Alpine, Texas
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Alpine, Texas
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8 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Get museum curator Matt Walter to tell you about the map collection! Not only was I amazed, but was able to share the knowledge later on at another Map Collection! Trappings of Texas is an amazing exhibition of Contemporary Western art, and the other shows are extremely strong as well, with Plein Air and regional landscapes that are breathtaking!

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We felt like we discovered a gem when we visited this small, well-curated museum on a whim. Having arrived early for our hotel in Alpine, we took a drive over to sul Ross and decided to pop in to burn a few minutes of time and ended up staying until closing time. With an 8 year old and a 12... More 

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Albany NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Top notch artifacts, graphics and art. Gives the visitor a broad view of the area, its history and its geography. On the beautiful Sul Ross Campus, that also has statuary nearby. The museum building itself is also beautiful.

Thank global2e
San Marcos, Texas
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We have not visited since remodel, and we're so glad we did. This museum is great for all audiences as there are many interactive aspects. Handicap friendly with lots of benches and plenty of space to maneuver wheelchairs. A lot if information about the area without feeling overwhelming. A must if you visit the area. Its free, so make sure... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed visiting this museum on Sul Ross University campus. We learned a lot about the history of the area. We liked the interactive components and artifacts. We couldn't believe that there was no fee to visit this attraction either. Make sure that you look up toward the ceiling to a replica of a bird dinosaur that was recently... More 

Thank houstonnative47
Blanco, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not a real big museum but a nice informative place. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Enjoyed the fossils and arrowheads. Really tied things in the area together. It is free or by donation. Nice book selection in the gift shop.

Thank tffarms03
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed this museum very much. It gave us lots of information about the area. Really enjoyed the pterodactyl display.

Thank Juliana M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

small, museum but enjoyable. free admission. would definitely recommend this museum at Sul Ross university.

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Poplarville, Mississippi
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Nice local museum. Nothing fantastic, but a few interesting displays. Easy to get to and free to the public.

Thank DYK640
Fredericksburg, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Located on the beautiful campus of Sul Ross State University, the Museum is a must visit if you want the full picture of the Big Bend area. In a relatively small site it presents a terrific picture of the archeological and societal history of the Big Bend. From dinosaurs and pterodactyls through the early native tribes, the coming of the... More 

Thank Mike E

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