Bandera Natural History Museum

Bandera Natural History Museum

Visit one of the best museums in Central Texas. Learn about dinosaurs and interesting facts about the history of Central Texas.

Whether you’re an animal lover, a history buff, or an art curator, the Bandera Natural History Museum provides something for everyone. This museum has something for all visitors with a collection of life-size animal models, as well as a stunning display of art and much more.


More than 100 mounted species from across the globe are on display at the museum, including gazelles, lions, leopards, springboks, and a 17-foot-tall giraffe. This museum also features life-size replicas of some of the most spectacular creatures to have ever lived on the earth, such as dinosaurs and ice age animals.

Some of the museum’s models have even appeared in movies, such as Trixie, the triceratops in “Night at the Museum.” The Bandera Natural History museum also provides a Sensory Safari allowing visually impaired visitors to explore wildlife through sight, sound, and touch. There are also several playhouses and a pollinator garden to keep guests entertained for an entire day.


The Bandera Natural History Museum, in addition to housing ancient artifacts, also exhibits art from around the world. At the moment, visitors can check out the New Spain Art Collection, the first of its kind in the United States. More than 150 antiquities from the New Spain period (1521-1820) belonging to prominent artists such as Miguel Cabrera, Juan Correa, Jose de Ibarra, and others are on display in this exhibition. The New Spain Art Collection also includes polychrome sculptures, Talavera pottery, furniture, and ivories belonging to the same era. 


On a visit to the Bandera National History Museum, one can also find unique artifacts. Some of these include ceremonial masks from Latin America and a 50′ tall mural showcasing 500 million years from the Precambrian period to the present. Additionally, the museum also features a 2,000 pound carved jade tiger and numerous animal wood carvings. 


The museum remains open for visitors from 10 AM to 5 PM on all days except Mondays and Tuesdays (12 PM- 5PM on Sundays).

So, what are you waiting for? Feed your curiosity about the natural history of the world by visiting Bandera, Texas today!

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