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The Villa Antigua® Border Heritage Museum

The Villa Antigua® Border Heritage Museum Protocol

At the Border Heritage Museum, we want to provide a safe, enjoyable experience for our visitors, so we have added some precautionary measures to make everyone feel comfortable during this time. Make sure you come prepared to visit us! Here are more details:


Staff is required to wear masks.

Visitors will be encouraged to wear masks during the visit.

Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance and visitors are encouraged to use it when entering and leaving the museum. Cleaning staff will also be sanitizing high-touch areas before, during and after hours of operation.
Maintaining Social Distance

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