Due to Covid 19, we’ve made some changes to our regular programing that will take effect during the fall tour season of 2020 in order to ensure that our public programming is as safe as possible for our visitors and staff. As we reach the end of the calendar year we will re-evaluate and determine how best to proceed with on-site tours in the spring of 2021. We appreciate your patience as we move forward in an ever-changing environment!
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.
To schedule a group visit or tour, please contact our Education Department who will be happy to coordinate your visit:
The museum will offer guided tours for the 2020 fall season that can accommodate up to 50 people total – which includes students and teachers/adults. Please have your group divided into smaller groups of 10 people prior to arrival 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 two demonstrations. (choose from two of the following: hearth cooking, blackpowder, 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.
Virtual tours offered at no charge for the fall of 2020.
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
Your tour will begin at the Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center, located at 1402 19th Street. Please have your group assemble in front of the building. A member of your group can notify the personnel at the front desk that you have arrived. We recommend your group arrive 10-15 minutes early.
We recommend that your group arrive earlier than scheduled or on time. Please be aware that if your group is late, your tour could be shortened and your group may not have enough time to participate in all that you requested. If you know you are going to be late, please call the education department at (936) 294-3153 and let us know.
Museum visitor parking is available at the Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center and is designated with signs. Buses will drop off at the front doors of the Education Center and be directed to park on 19th Street in front of the white gazebo..
At the Education Center there is a gazebo with lots of green grass to picnic. You may also choose to picnic on the museum grounds or near Lake Oolooteka. When visiting the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, please keep the grounds and facilities clean. Please remind all the students that all plant life, wildlife, historic structures, and artifacts are state property and protected by law.
The Wigwam Neosho Museum Store is available for a wide variety of educational materials and other items related to Sam Houston. We encourage only one class visit the gift shop at a time. Many inexpensive gifts are available. Proceeds will benefit educational programs.
Most programs WILL continue regardless of the weather. 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 your 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.