112 Lamar Drive, Hillsboro, Texas
Summer hours Tuesday - Thursday 8 am - 4:30 pm, Friday 8 am - 4 pm, Saturday 9 am - 4 pm
Fall, Winter and Spring hours Monday - Thursday 8 am - 4:30 pm, Friday 8 am - 4 pm
Admission free. Donations accepted.
The Texas Heritage Museum began in 1963 with the personal collection of Hill College history professor Harold B. Simpson. Today, the museum has grown to include the Galleries, the Historical Research Center, and the Hill College Press, which publishes works of original and interpretative history.
Through collections and personal stories of native Texans, the Galleries explore Texas and Texans during wartime and how those experiences affect us today. The theatre features several short films such as "Texas Heritage Museum – Remembering Our Texas Heritage," "The Best – Hood’s Texas Brigade," and "Audie Murphy – American Soldier." The museum is divided into sections:
Texas Revolution & Republic
Weapons Gallery This gallery houses larger weapons, mostly from World War I. Other wars featured in this section include the Mexican War, the Spanish-American War and the Punitive Expedition.
Outside, in front of the museum, is the Official Texas State Medal of Honor Memorial to Native-Born Texans. This memorial is a tribute to all 56 native-born Texans who have received this distinction, the highest award that can be bestowed on a member of the United States armed forces. The Memorial honors WWII Texas Medal of Honor recipients including Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier, Samuel Dealey, the most decorated sailor, and Hill County native James Harris.
The Historical Research Center, open limited hours, is nationally recognized as a Civil War repository. Included is an extensive collection of maps, photographs, soldiers’ letters, diaries, and unpublished manuscripts from all Texas wars. Also included is an extensive collection of books and manuscripts on the local history of Hill County.