The Marfa and Presidio County Museum
This gracious old house (the Humphries House) is located at 110 West San Antonio Street (Highway 90). The museum contains a fascinating and rich collection of artifacts that includes fossils, native American and early settler tools as well as information on the area's early ranching, rural life and military history. An extensive collection of photographs detailing the history of this region is also displayed. The museum is a source of local pride and the collection is beautifully displayed.
Admision is free, but donations are suggested and appreciated. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, year round from 2-5 p.m. For more information, call 432-729-4140.
GIANT Museum at the Hotel Paisano
In 1955 Warner Brothers chose Marfa as the location for the filming of the epic movie Giant. In June of that year the cast and crew including James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson made the El Paisano Hotel (now called the Hotel Paisano) their headquarters. Today, the hotel still has many visitors that come to see and remember Giant. James Dean's hotel room here is one of the most popular that they have to offer. There is also a small viewing room off the lobby where guests can watch the movie (it runs all day long) and there are several kiosks and wall hangings with memorabilia from the set. The gift shop offers many GIANT related souvenirs, including a wide range of James Dean inspired products.
For more information, call 432-729-3669.
Museum of the Big Bend
In 1926 the West Texas Historical and Scientific Society was founded for the purpose of creating a museum for the Big Bend Region. With funding from the Texas Centennial Commission and the WPA, the Museum was constructed in 1937. In 2006 the structure was completely renovated and new exhibits designed and installed. Located in the Emmett and Miriam McCoy Building, the Museum opened in August 2007 and is the only native rock structure left on the Sul Ross State University campus. The new Museum has been recognized with awards from the Texas Historical Commission, Preservation Texas and Humanities Texas.
The Mission of the Museum of the Big Bend is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret the materials that relate to the prehistory and history of the Big Bend of Texas and northern Mexico, with an awareness of the region's cultural diversity.
On the campus of Sul Ross State University in Alpine.
The museum is handicap accessible.
Admission is free. Donations are always welcomed
Open 9am - 5pm Tuesday through Saturday
Open 1pm - 5pm Sunday
For more information, call 432-837-8143 or 432-837-8730