Street Address
110 W. San Antonio St
Marfa, TX 79843
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 538
Marfa, TX 79843
phone: 432-729-7000
Hours
Monday - Saturday1 PM - 5 PM
Admissions
Free
Staff
Maggie Marquez, Museum Board President
phone: 432-729-7000

Description

The Marfa and Presidio County Museum is located along Highway 90, the main thoroughfare intersecting the west Texas town of Marfa. The Museum is housed in a historic adobe home built in the 1880s by local Don Juan Humphries.

History

Students in Lee Bennett's,Marfa history teacher , class began collecting items which were located in Presidio County courthouse. In 1980, a museum board acquired the old "Yler" house and volunteers began putting together exhibits and staffing the museum. In 1997, the museum opened in its new location, the historic John Humpries home.

Artifacts Collections

The collection includes a little bit of everything associated with Marfa and the history of Presidio County, including artifacts that cover ranching, local military history (courtesy of Fort D. A. Russell), geology, settlers, Native Americans, and the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert. In addition, a display of Marfa’s history is never complete without memorabilia from the Hollywood blockbuster “Giant”, the 1950’s epic starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rock Hudson filmed around Marfa.

Research Collections

Keith Studio collection of photographs spanning several decades. Keith Studio was located on Oak Street in Marfa.

Frank Duncan and Nancy Keith photography collections.

Educational Programs

Work with teachers in the gifited and talented area.

    Library

    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars

    Appointment required: Yes