The 1869 home of Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig was saved and deeded to the City of Austin in 2003. Joseph Hannig built this home in 1869 for his new wife, Susanna Dickinson. She survived the Battle of the Alamo and carried the news of its fall to Sam Houston, which ultimately led to Houston's defeat of Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto and won independence for the Republic of Texas. For this deed, Susanna Dickinson became known as the "Messenger of the Alamo." Her home was saved, restored and opened as a museum on March 2, 2010, Texas Independence Day.Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Austin Edition.
The museum is the only remaining residence of Susanna Dickinson. The home is considered a “rubble-rock” house, a style of architecture brought to the Texas Hill Country by German immigrants. Inside the museum are rare Dickinson family artifacts, as well as furniture produced by Joseph. The couple lived in this house for six years, until 1875, at which point they moved into the area of town known as Hyde Park. Please stop by and let our docents show you the house and recount the vivid stories of the survivors of the Battle of the Alamo.
The Museum is part of Brush Square Museums, three historic museums consisting of the Susanna Dickinson Museum, the O. Henry Museum, and the Austin Fire Museum. The Dickinson and O. Henry Museums assist in running the Austin Fire Museum, operated by the Austin Fire Museum Hook & Ladder Society.
All content and comments posted to this official City of Austin, Texas, Facebook site are subject to public disclosure laws. Posted comments do not necessarily reflect the views or position of the City.
This social media site shall not be used to submit open records requests to the City of Austin. Please direct open records requests to http://austintexas.gov/pir.
Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum Reviews
The staff were engaging and helpful to describe and tell the history of the former occupants of that era. It was great to see the contents of the house and see the exterior of the house in a relazing ... more »
This small Museum was quiet but informational. With no prior knowledge of Susanna Hannig, I followed her interesting story of being a survivor of the Alamo, and her consequential relationships. I reco... more »
Excellent puzzle piece of Texas history discussed more broadly at the Bullock Texas History Museum. Bart was well-versed on the subject matter in addition to providing easy banter on Texas history. Finally, great location along with having air conditioning which is significant in July.
When you walk in, you are greeted with a smile. The two ladies that was there today was AWESOME! They were nice enough to give me a brief but detailed overview of the history of the Dickinson house. The quilt on the bed is what I found to be so amazing, as it is signed but all the living descendants of the survivors of the Alamo. If you get the chance please go check it out.
Plan your trip to Austin
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all >
Kid-friendly things to do in Austin
Side trips from Austin
View all >
Hidden gems in Austin
Plans to Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum by other users
60 days in Austin BY A USER FROM BRAZIL February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 24 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, culture, outdoors, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 25 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Austin BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 23 days in Austin & Amarillo BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium