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The Republic of the Rio Grande® Museum

Notice to Visitors About Coronavirus (COVID-19) In light of new information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) released by city, state, and federal officials within the past 24 hours, we have made the decision to close the Republic of the Rio Grande Museum to the public until further notice. Staff will work remotely during this time and will ensure our programs proceed as smoothly as possible. If you have questions regarding a specific program, please reach out to the relevant staff person via email. A staff contact list is available on our website. For general questions, please send your email to heritage@webbheritage.org. This was a very difficult decision to make, but we know it is the right choice at this time in order to best ensure the safety of our visitors and staff. Given the evolving nature of the outbreak, we will carefully reassess the situation in the coming weeks and proceed accordingly. Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Repubic of the Rio Grande Museum soon.

The Republic of the Río Grande® Museum

The Republic of the Río Grande® Museum is housed in one of Laredo’s oldest structures located on San Agustín Plaza in downtown Laredo. The museum is a Mexican vernacular structure, constructed in 1830 with an 1860 addition. It was once the home of Bartolomé García, prominent rancher and mayor of Laredo. According to tradition, in 1840, the structure served as the capitol of the Republic of the Río Grande. The Museum is considered a historic house museum which features displays recreating an authentic c.1830 home in Laredo.

The building is a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark and a Contributing Structure to the San Agustín National Register District. Along with its neighbors, San Agustín Cathedral and La Posada Hotel, the museum forms a triangle of the most visited historic landmarks in the city.


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Students enjoying a guided tour of the Republic of the Rio Grande Museum

Guided Tours

The Republic of the Río Grande® Museum hosts guided tours for school age children and adults year-round. The museum also provides presentations on local history and preservation to schools, civic organizations, and visitors on a regular basis.

For reservations call Andrea Ordoñez at (956) 727-3480

Visit the Republic of the Rio Grande Museum Today!

Republic of the Rio Grande® Museum

1005 Zaragoza Street, Laredo, Texas, (956) 727-3480

Museum hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closed on Sundays and Mondays

Admission: $2.00