(956) 727-0977 heritage@webbheritage.org

The Villa Antigua® Border Heritage 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 Villa Antigua Border Heritage 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 at www.webbheritage.org. 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 Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum soon.

Villa Antigua® Border Heritage Museum

This restored two-story brick building constructed in the early 20th century, was once home to two early Laredo merchant families. With its size and pivotal location on the banks of the Rio Grande, this Italianate-style residence is representative of the grand houses that populated the San Agustín District in the early twentieth century. The block, with several historic properties, is located immediately east of San Agustín Cathedral, Laredo’s oldest landmark and San Agustín Plaza, which dates to 1767.

The home was abandoned for many years and survived numerous fires and initiatives aimed to demolish it. In 2002, the Webb County Heritage Foundation and the County of Webb acquired the home and undertook its historic rehabilitation. It now serves as the Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum showcasing the region’s history, culture, industry, and populations through a series of changing exhibits and educational seminars.


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

Guided Tours

The Villa Antigua® Border Heritage 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 Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum Today!

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

Admission $2.00

Villa Antigua® Border Heritage Museum

810 Zaragoza Street, Laredo, Texas, (956) 718-2727

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

Admission: $2.00