San Jacinto Museum of History

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San Jacinto Museum of History

San Jacinto Museum of History
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The San Jacinto Museum of History is housed in the base of the San Jacinto Monument. Special treasures can be found from Mexican Texas, the Texas Revolution, and the Republic of Texas. But the Museum also holds art and artifacts from Pre-Columbian Mexico to the Civil War and beyond. From books to bayonets, swords to sketches, there’s something here for everyone. The Museum is housed in the base of the San Jacinto Monument, the tallest column monument in the world. Take an elevator ride to the top to look out over the Houston Ship Channel. View the Texas Forever!! movie for a quick review of the Texas revolution. The multi-facetted destination state park is also home to the Battleship Texas which is the only dread-naught battleship in existence and was used in both world wars. Picnic spots abound in the beautiful state park. A Boardwalk will take you on a fascinating nature walk out into the marsh habitat of birds and alligators. Stop by our annual San Jacinto Day Festival in April.
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ksufan88
Wichita, KS3,977 contributions
Huge monument and interesting museum
Jun. 2020
We were driving through Houston and detoured over to this attraction based upon a friend’s recommendation. It is located in a very industrialized area (chemical and petroleum products) but inside the State park, it is very wooded and attractive. Near the entrance to the park there is a very scenic photo op with the monument at the end of a long reflecting pool. The ticket price of $10 for adult and $5 per child gives you access to the 35 minute historical movie about the battle as well an elevator ride to the observation area at the top. The movie gave an excellent overview of the issues leading up to the battle and the battle itself. The room opposite the theater on the first floor contains lots of displays about prominent Texans and their impact on US and International events. We spent about 75 minutes at this monument.
Written 4 July 2020
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Veronica Chagolla
Chicago, IL6 contributions
The Battleship!
Aug. 2019
Absolutely loved the it! A lot of walking but the monument and all the history behind it was worth it. Definitely recommend going at least once.
Written 23 December 2019
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James M
Milton Keynes, UK189 contributions
V V Big
Sep. 2019
The monument at the site of the battle is amazingly big. The museum is small but interesting. The site appeared to have no geographical markers for events during the short battle. The location is adjacent to oil installations yet was still pleasant.
Written 8 October 2019
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Deborah Paris
Round Rock, TX19 contributions
Interesting and full of History
Sep. 2019 • Couples
Pick a cool day this fall to visit and bring a picnic. The Battleship is an interesting tour and the Monument is something you do not want to miss.
Written 7 October 2019
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shmoracle
Vienna, Austria105 contributions
Very interesting historical museum within the San Jacinto monument building.
Sep. 2019
Very interesting historical museum within the San Jacinto monument building. Several objects and documents dating from the XVI century onwards related to the history of Texas and the San Jacinto battle.
Written 15 September 2019
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173rdtheherdfoun2016
La Porte, TX144 contributions
WOW so old but good for history!!
Aug. 2019 • Family
May be my last visit. They are now closed for renovations. They may be gone ☹️ for us and not return. The updeck is in good shape. The renovations is need below. Major Dan would go back tomorrow with granddaughter. A lot of history.
Written 28 August 2019
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lonewulf44
Springville, IN264 contributions
Great little museum worth visiting for trip up the tower alone.
Jun. 2019 • Family
Great to visit the battlefield, and you have to go up the tower to take in the field as a whole. They have a concise but well thought out museum of Texas history and I only wish they had a bit more devoted specifically to the San Jacinto battlefield itself. Still great and historic place to visit.
Written 5 July 2019
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MNice
Bloomington, MN2,271 contributions
A great summary of Texas history
May 2019 • Couples
The museum currently is part of a 3 part tour; the monument, the movie and the museum. Currently, there is a Shell Oil exihibit that discusses Shell’s history, education on refining and the port, and Shell’s commitment to the community. There is a gift shop. The movie is brief, about half an hour in the beautifully re-done theater. The museum itself includes biographies of famous Texans, sample weapons and battle information not just from the battle of San Jancinto, but also information about Texan’s commitment to other United States conflicts. You will learn about the Texas railroad system and paintings of the final moments of Texas’s quest for independence from Mexico. This area of the museum, the monument, and the USS Texas take a minimum of 3 hours; you could easily spend all day.
Written 28 May 2019
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Cathleen P
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN74 contributions
This Yankee Didn't Know!
Feb. 2019 • Friends
I am sure all native Texans know about the Battle of San Jacinto, but I had never heard of it. This battle was the defining moment of Texas independence. Without going into all of the history, I suggest that you visit the Museum. There are three main elements to this museum: glass cases filled with memorabilia and stories; a theatre that relives the history through video; and a ride to the top of the monument offering a view of the surrounding battle ground. They also have a traveling exhibition, but I skipped this one. Of course, there is a gift shop with some interesting items for sale -- you can get that Texas shaped cake pan that you've always wanted. The park nearby has markers which point out the actual places where the Texans and the Mexicans were camping as well as the spots where the battles took place. All in all, it was a fun way to learn and I left with a real understanding of what had occurred on these grounds.
Written 6 May 2019
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Dave N
MN367 contributions
Not Advertised Enough
Feb. 2019 • Couples
My wife & I had heard about San Jacinto but didn't know that much about it, so while we were in Houston visiting family, we decided to go the San Jacinto Museum. It was well worth the time. In order to get to the museum, we had to drive over the Fred Hartman Bridge which is very beautiful but also very high; I was more than a little nervous driving over it. We arrived at the monument which is very imposing and went into the museum. First we looked at most of the exhibits from the time period of the San Jacinto battle; then we watched the movie at the monument's theater ($5.50 each), the movie was titled: "Texas Forever! The Battle of San Jacinto." The movie was interesting and made the various battle sites that we visited outside the monument afterwards, more relative. On the way out we stopped and saw the Battleship Texas and then took the Lynchburg Ferry to get across the Bay/water to pick up I-10.
Written 25 April 2019
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