What's Happening Downtown

Posted on: September 21, 2017

Step into the Past

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Start at the Visitor Center (open 10-3) to pick up a brochure about the attractions and plan your day. Many sites are within walking distance in Downtown Brenham. 

The Barnhill Center at the Simon Theatre – Originally opened in 1925, the historic Theatre has been completely restored and is now being enjoyed by many for music, movies, weddings and more. Visitors can see the movie, The Dawn of Washington County, in the beautiful theatre most Saturdays at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children.

Glissmann Drug Store Museum – A fascinating pharmacy that looks exactly like it did in 1924, complete with medicines and equipment used in that era. A short movie will introduce visitors to Carl Glissmann and his processes for mixing medicines by hand. Admission is free of charge.

Brenham Fire Museum – Visitors can see up-close three antique fire trucks from Brenham’s past, two of which are rare – the only ones in Texas of their kind. Tourists will also learn the exciting history of the Brenham Fire Department and the annual Maifest celebration. Admission is free of charge.

Brenham Heritage Museum – New exhibits and three short movies have been added to the gallery for Step into the Past. The five-minute movies introduce guests to important Brenham forefathers and the German heritage of our county – including Maifest. New interactive activities for children are popular. Admission to the Museum gallery is $3 for adults and $1 for children. (NOTE: The museum is currently closed for renovations.)

Toubin Park – Opened in 2011, the park is part of Step into the Past for its original cistern built around 1878. Toubin Park displays give details about the Washington County Railroad, the Burning of Brenham, and the city’s Texas Archeological Landmark – a system of historic cisterns. Admission is free of charge.

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