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Museum of South Texas History, Edinburg

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The Museum of South Texas History is located in Edinburg, Texas. It features exhibits on the history of the Rio Grande Valley, as well as the rest of South Texas and North Eastern Mexican States Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas.

The Museum, which opened in 1970 as the Hidalgo County Historical Museum, was originally housed in Hidalgo County's Old Jail, a Texas National Landmark, dating back to 1910. The Museum has since expanded to include three buildings in the town square. Visitors are given an overview of regional history from prehistoric times through to the 20th century.
Collections include a giant prehistoric mosasaur and ice age mammoth, and follow to Coahuiltecan Indians, the Spanish exploration and colonization, the Mexican War, the U.S Civil War, the Steamboat era, and the Cattle Kingdom.

In November of 2007, the final installment to the exhibits was unveiled, River Crossroads. The final stop on the tour, River Crossroads takes the visitor through the prominence of the "Citrus Era," the turmoil of the Mexican Revolution, and ends the journey with most recent area history.

The Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives house the Valley's largest collection of historical photographs, plus documents and maps, available for research in the expanded quarters.
The Museum Store offers the largest selection of South Texas history books and memorabilia in the Rio Grande Valley.
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  • This museum is remarkably put together. The displays are very educational and interesting. They cover a broad span of the area's history. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. 
    This museum is remarkably put together. The displays are very educational and interesting. They cover a broad span of the area's history. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  more »
  • The Museum of South Texas History was by far one of the best curated museums I’ve ever been to. This was better than some of the Smithsonian’s. The curator should win an award. We walked through... 
    The Museum of South Texas History was by far one of the best curated museums I’ve ever been to. This was better than some of the Smithsonian’s. The curator should win an award. We walked through...  more »
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  • Much improved over my last visit. The upstairs exhibits were the most interesting to me. Great place to take family or friends that may be visiting this summer.
  • This museum tells the South Texas story, from the geologic prehistory to the present day. It doesn’t just display a bunch of artifacts, it connects them all with a coherent story, told extremely well. I tried to read just about everything in the museum, and I spent about four hours there doing so. Of course not everybody will want to spend that much time there. But in my opinion it was time well spent. You might want to take a sweater in with you, because the air conditioning works very well. I found it very useful to have my smart phone with me, which I used as a flashlight and a magnifier because some of the items would have been hard to read otherwise, since my eyes are not as good as they used to be.

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