Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:30pm
Tuesday - Saturday: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Closed July 4th
Closed November 25 – 26
Closed December 24 – 27
Closed December 31 – January 2
Includes same-day admission to the Memorial Museum, Walker Education Center and all historic houses and outdoor sites. There is no extra charge for entrance to special exhibitions.
Seniors (65 and older): $4.00
SHSU Faculty/Staff: $4.00
Children (6-18): $3.00
Children (5 and under): Free
SHSU Students with ID: Free
Friends of the Museum Members: Free
At the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, students and patrons alike can experience rich Texas history and explore the legacies of General Sam Houston. We offer programs for public, private, and homeschool groups, as well as organizations of all kinds. Please contact us for special program options including virtual tours.
As we (hopefully) emerge from COVID-19, the Education Department will offer in person tours on the lovely grounds of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum. Over the past year, we have experimented with giving tours in a different way than we have for the last several years and are moving away from doing our “traditional” rotation-based tours.
You’ll still get to interact with our knowledgeable interpreters dressed in 19th century clothing. You’ll still get to watch and participate in entertaining and educational demonstrations and hands on activities. The main difference is that we won’t be working on a rotation basis where each group goes to a station and 15 minutes later moves to the next one and so on. Rather, we will have our staff out on the grounds spread out between our historic homes and demonstration areas and each group will travel from spot to spot on your own timeline, taking in what interests each group the most. We have discovered that this style of tour works quite well and allows for the greatest amount of flexibility and interaction giving you more bang for your buck – and your time.
Demonstrations available for you to see will include: 19th century toys, hearth cooking, blackpowder, primitive fire starting, blacksmithing, spinning and fiber arts. Contrary to how we would previously schedule tours where there was a set fee per person and then a demonstration fee per demonstration – there is now a flat $4 fee per person and your visit will include at least two of the listed demonstrations. Picking which demonstrations you see can be up to the group leader and we will do everything possible to accommodate your request.
Now... I know that some of our long time, veteran teachers will be likely a bit worried over changing things up – after all… we’ve been doing this a long time! And if that’s the case, never fear – we will continue to offer our “standard” tours, which will operate on a rotating schedule if that’s what you would prefer. Just let us know when you schedule your visit if that is what you would like to do.
About the movie... I’ve been recommending to our teachers for the last couple years to watch the movie that we’ve traditionally shown in our auditorium here – at school. It saves us considerable time on site and gives us more time to work with your group out on our historic grounds. I will continue to recommend this but if you would rather watch the video here on site we can do that – but be cognizant of the time we spend inside watching the video is time we won’t be spending outside seeing the history first hand.
And, if you’ve made it this far, as of summer 2021, the University is not mandating any special COVID-19 restrictions; that being said, as we have learned over the last year or so, things can change quickly. If you book a tour and there’s a change we will let you know ASAP.
To schedule a group visit or tour, please contact our Education Department who will be happy to coordinate your visit.
Email: Derrick Birdsall, Curator of Education
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The museum will offer guided, in person tours for the 2021-22 season. With the new style of tours, it works best if you subdivide your group into smaller groups of 10-12 people prior to arriving at the museum. Your tour will include visits to the historic homes on the museum grounds (the Woodland Home and Steamboat House), the Main Museum, and a minimum of two demonstrations. Demonstrations available can include: hearth cooking, blackpowder, fire starting, 19th century toys, fiber arts and blacksmithing)
School tours are aimed at 4th and 7th grades, but all grades/ages are welcome.
The cost is $4.00 per guest with no charge for teachers. Plan to spend a minimum of 1.5 hours from start to finish of tour.
The Museum offers tours especially designed for seniors all year long. Wheelchair access is available for most, but not all, of the tour areas. There is walking required across gravel paths and uneven terrain, and in some areas, the ability to climb steps is required to see every part of the Museum. Our tour consists of a movie about Sam Houston, guided access to the Steamboat House where Sam Houston died, the family's Woodland Home, Sam Houston's Law Office, and Eliza's Kitchen before visiting the Main Memorial Museum. The cost is $4.00 per person.
If you are unable to visit the museum due to time or travel constraints, we are still capable of providing a quality experience for your group. Utilizing a combination of YouTube (for tours through our historic structures) and either Zoom or Google Meet (for live interaction) you are able to see much of the museum, and still have live access to one of our knowledgeable staff to talk about all things Sam Houston.
Cost of a virtual tour is $1 per person.
The Museum offers demonstrations on a rotating basis nearly all year long. There are Saturday demonstrations during the fall and spring, and then in the summer months we offer a series of different historical themes each day during the week. Please visit the events section of our website for the Museum events calendar or our Museum Facebook page to find out what is taking place.
Most programs WILL continue regardless of the weather as long as it’s not dangerous with lightning or extremely cold temperatures. However, if your group chooses to continue with the scheduled event, substitutions for programs may be made at the discretion of the education department. If you are hesitant about coming to the museum on your scheduled day due to inclement weather, please feel free to call the education department at (936) 294-3153 and reschedule your event for another day.