Laredo Museums & History

Laredo Museums & HistoryExplore the history of this booming border town. Learn about Laredo's past, and the role it played within the expansion of Texas and the United States, as well as its historical and cultural ties to Mexico through the exhibits at one of these museums. Visit buildings that have been around for over two centuries and get a feel for what it is like to step through time.

Republic of the Rio Grande Museum
Located in the San Agustin Plaza, the Republic of the Rio Grande Museum traces its roots back to 1830. This preserved and restored house looks the same now as it did then, with the addition of several historic displays within the building. Learn about how Laredo residents lived back in the 1800s and about the history of this Recorded Texas Historical Landmark.

Address: 1005 Zaragoza Street, Laredo, TX - MAP
Phone: (956) 727-0977
Web: www.webbheritage.org

Border Heritage Museum
Once the home of two Laredo merchant families in the early 20th century, the restored Italiante-style residence is now the Border Heritage Museum. This museum showcases the region's history, culture, industry and populations through a series of changing exhibits and educational seminars.

Address: 810 Zaragoza Street, Laredo, Texas - MAP
Phone: (956) 727-0977
Web: www.webbheritage.org

Fort McIntosh
Established in the aftermath of the Mexican War and abandoned after World War II, Fort McIntosh served as a strategic guard for the Texas frontier. The fort is preserved as part of the Laredo Community College campus although the Laredo United States Army Reserve 340th Quarter Master Company continues to occupy the fort. It's definitely a sight to see for military history buffs.

Address: 1 W End Washington St, Laredo, TX 78040 - MAP
Phone: (956) 722-0521
Web: www.tshaonline.org

San Agustin Plaza
The historic San Augustin Plaza covers the downtown district that was the original city of Laredo. It contains historical monuments such as the Cathedral of San Agustin, the oldest building in Laredo since 1755, as well as the Republic of the Rio Grande Museum and the Border Heritage Museum. Architecture within the plaza consists of Mission, Spanish Revival and Greek Revival styles.

Address: 200 San Augustin Avenue, Laredo, TX - MAP
Web: www.nps.gov

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Imaginarium of South Texas

Address: 5300 San Dario, Suite 505, Laredo, TX 78041 - MAP
Phone: (956) 728-0404
Web: www.imaginariumstx.org