The Bryan Museum
The Bryan Museum, located in the historic Galveston Orphans Home.
The Bryan Museum in Galveston, Texas, houses one of the world's largest collections of historical artifacts, documents, and artwork relating to Texas and the American West. With approximately 70,000 items in total, the collection includes 20,000 rare books; more than 30,000 documents in Spanish, German, French, and English; three dozen saddles; over 250 antique firearms; several hundred spurs; a large collection of fine art, religious art, folk art, and portraits; rare maps and artifacts; Native American stone tools and arrowheads; and a Spanish mission bell. The museum presents a chronological history of Texas and the American West with a special emphasis on the Spanish influences in the region. In addition to its permanent galleries, the museum includes space for rotating special exhibits, a library, and an archive.