Alpine, Texas Community Guide 2019/2020 | Page 12

Alpine, TEXAS 12 Museum of the Big Bend Exhibits trace regions history tarting with a single arrowhead in 1921, the Museum of the Big Bend has been telling the story of the rich history of the Big Bend country for almost a century. Built during the Great Depression, the Museum of the Big Bend is one of the few Texas Centennial Memorial Museums still operating as a museum. Designed by Sul Ross State University “Human Dynamo” Victor J. Smith, it is the only native stone building capped with a lamella arch roof on campus. A truly unique and stunning building! The Museum of the Big Bend tells the story of the Big and Davis Mountains region through permanent and temporary exhibits, special presentations, adult workshops and children’s programs. In 2018, a capital campaign was launched to expand the historic building with a Museum Complex that features an event center, mountainside patio, Tom Lea gallery dedicated to his historic beef cattle paintings and more. The Museum of the Big Bend, located on the campus of Sul Ross State University, is accessed at Entrance 4. Hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm and Sunday, 1- 5pm. Closed on Monday and major holidays. Free admission and parking. Donations are greatly appreciated. To learn more, visit or call 432.837.8730. S