810 San Marcos Street   Austin, Texas 78702

(Next door to the THC French Legation)



Mission Statement:

The mission of The Republic of Texas Museum is to preserve the heritage of The Republic of Texas historic period and to educate the public about the history and culture of that time.



2023 - 2024 Annual Art Contest 

In order to promote Texas Heritage and history, the Republic of Texas Museum sponsors an Annual Art Contest for school age students across Texas.  Entries from out of state should connect to their relative’s district.

 For additional contest details, please download the Republic of Texas Annual Art Contest Brochure. Deadline for submissions      March 1st, 2024

Once upon a time (this is not a fairytale) members of the William Barrett Travis Chapter collected items from many of their family members who had been a part of the Texas Revolution and started a museum in some of their homes.

In 1903, those items were relocated to one room in the State Capitol. The Republic of Texas Museum collection of Republic era artifacts grew rapidly through the dedicated efforts of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT). To no one’s surprise they out grew that one room.



Now the newly named Republic of Texas Museum presented by the Nelson Puett Foundation is in the new Republic of Texas History Center’s state-of-the-art facility located at 810 San Marcos Street in Austin. Our self-guided museum tour is for all ages. Learn about the Republic of Texas and the challenges people endured as they faced historic battles, the Runaway Scrape and the birth of a new nation. Our “Special Exhibit” room will have additional history to observe and will change quarterly to bring new insight to our past.


In 1916, when the Land Department moved from the Old Land Office Building located on the Capitol grounds, a portion of the structure was turned over to DRT for use as their museum. The DRT Museum occupied the second floor of the building until 1989 when restoration of the deteriorating structure began. Four years later, during the centennial year of the DRT, the Daughters purchased a building at 510 East Anderson Lane, Austin, to house the museum and the organization’s headquarters.

This year, we are celebrating our 130th birthday of one of the oldest museums in the state of Texas. We welcome you to our beautiful building and the treasures stored inside.  

Give us a call, we look forward to meeting you.