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Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, Brownsville

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In 1935, in the midst of the great depression, a group of eight women from Brownsville began meeting together in each other homes to discuss their passion for art. Those early meetings would lead to the formation of the Brownsville Art League, comprised of men, women, students, and young children from Brownsville, Matamoros, and the surrounding communities. It is said that the founders and the early members of the Brownsville Art League were known to meet in all types of sundry places, including backyards, churches, and even the old morgue at Fort Brown.



In the late 1960′s, the Brownsville Art league commissioned one of their own members, a young architect by the name of Ruth Young McGonigle, to design a 4,000 square foot “fire-proof, air-conditioned studio to house permanent art collections”, McGonigle designed a single-story rectilinear building constructed almost entirely of concrete. However, due to budget and security concerns, all but a few windows were eliminated from the architectural program. After completion, this building served as the new home of Brownsville Art League.



In 2002, the Brownsville Art League changed its name to the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art and began focusing its efforts toward the development of a new museum facility that would be better suited for public exhibitions of art. Today, thanks to the efforts and contributions by of hundreds supporters, the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art has completed construction of a beautiful, 17,000 square foot museum. This facility, which is located in the heart of the Mitte Cultural District of Downtown Brownsville, provides a space in which all those who walk through it can learn and be inspired by the creative forces of the human imagination.
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  • Loved the featured art and artists. Easily accessible and within walking distance of other notable sites, like the Gladys Porter zoo, the visitor center, and costumes of the Americas. Reasonable... 
    Loved the featured art and artists. Easily accessible and within walking distance of other notable sites, like the Gladys Porter zoo, the visitor center, and costumes of the Americas. Reasonable...  more »
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  • Centrally located in downtown Brownsville (Mitte Plaza) the museum provides permanent collections and visiting artist exhibits. There is a restaurant within and a gift shop. On Weekdays-talented, local artists can be seen in action. If your going to the Gladys Porter zoo- it is across the street! Note: The museum is located in an area which will soon facilitate a new building for the city farmer’s market (See photos of the ribbon cutting On March 20,2022).
  • It's a small town museum and reflects that spirit. It is primarily 4 galleries and on the day we visited hosted a main exhibition by a national artist held in 2 galleries and in the ancillary wings, there was a group exhibition of local talents and a solo by a regional artist. Honestly wasn't expecting the Menil but assumed that the lights would of been turned on to view the paintings. Overall a cute and raw fine arts haven.

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