Alvin Historical Museum


About Us

Since the successful bond issue of 2001, the City of Alvin has renovated the former post office to house the Alvin Historical Museum. Located at 300 W. Sealy, Alvin, Texas, the museum is a major on-going project of the Alvin Museum Society. Exhibits have been designed and fabricated, first-class movable shelving has been installed, offices have been outfitted with furnishings and basic computer equipment, and a breakroom for volunteers has been completed. Other exhibits are being designed and constructed. Except for the basic renovation costs, the Alvin Museum Society has paid for all other improvements through fundraising and generous in-kind gifts from individuals, local businesses and organizations.

The Alvin Historical Museum and Gift Shop officially opened to the public June 1, 2007. The museum and gift shop are open Thursdays, Fridays and the first Saturday of each month from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Admission is $3.00. The Alvin Museum Gift Shop provides a variety of books and other items.

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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Thanks to all of you who have responded to the letter concerning renewal of membership during this transition period. Members who have renewed by May 18th will be published in the Summer-Fall Newsletter. Those received after this date will appear in the next Newsletter. If you have any questions about renewing please call us(281-331-4469) or email us- Also a reminder that the Temporary Exhibit about Alvin artist, Robert Earl McKinney, goes through June 8th. Be sure to visit us an see the only time that the entire scope of Robert’s painting has been on exhibit. Our friend and valued Society member, Mona Travis, continues to recover from the stroke she suffered. Send her your wishing for wellness and keep her in your thoughts. Kathy Mattes

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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The Alvin Museum is excited to host an exhibit of the paintings of nationally known local artist Robert Earl McKinney. Robert was raised in Alvin where he attended Alvin High School and Alvin Community College in the 1950’s. His family lived on Sidnor Street a block from the high school. He was encouraged in his art endeavors by his art teacher Ms. Cherry Simpson. After serving in the military he returned to Alvin and taught art classes on House Street and later opened an art studio on Sealy Street. He travelled extensively throughout the west, Mexico and Central America, painting scenes as he went. Robert was selected to create three historically accurate paintings depicting the battle of the Alamo. As such, he spent a year researching records from the Alamo to determine the real stories to prepare for his work. Once completed, the three paintings hung in exhibit at the San Jacinto Historical Museum in 1982. It is also said that they were displayed at the Alamo Museum but this has not been verified to date. His work on the Alamo paintings was featured on the television program “Eyes of Texas”. Robert died in 1993 while still in his 50’s. His paintings are located all around the U.S. The Alvin Museum is proud to announce that it has collected twelve of his original paintings and eight of his prints from numerous sources to be displayed together for the first (and possibly only) time. This collection includes two of three prints of the Alamo paintings. Also view the “Eyes of Texas” segment which explored his work on the Alamo paintings. We welcome all of Alvin to come to the museum and participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity to view our nationally famous Alvinite’s work.

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Monday, December 08, 2014

Make a visit to the Alvin Historical Museum part of your holiday plans. The foyer is decorated with an old fashioned Christmas tree along with other nostalgic memorabilia. Holiday openings include Friday , December 26th, and January 2nd from 11:00-3:00.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Visitors to the Museum

Some photos taken from a tour October 29th. These adults with special needs were from a facility in Manvel called Way Makers. They were delightful and enthusiastic visitors.

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Friday, July 04, 2014

We have a new temporary exhibit titled "Pieces of Love" at the Museum. Stop by and see the craftwork of Jewell Richardson.

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Thanks to Winston's Dairy, we have an exhibit of Pleistocene artifacts discovered in Alvin, Texas! Teeth and horn fragments dug up while excavating a sand pit.

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Spring meeting was fun with Tom Stansel telling the history of the Santa Fe Depot, and Pat Klopp announcing the 2014 Garden Tour.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Our October meeting featured a presentation by Michael Bailey of the Brazoria County Museum, and Les Pettigrew of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. They gave us a presentation of the fortifications along the Texas coast during the Civil War. Photos are at the link below.

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