Street Address
502 North Liberty Street
Victoria, TX 77901
Mailing Address
502 North Liberty Street
Victoria, TX 77901
phone: 512-575-8227
fax: 361-575-8228
$2 adults, $1 children, Association members are free
Museum Type(s)
Melissa McCann, Administrative Assistant
phone: 361-575-8227


The Nave Museum is the only fine arts museum in the Golden Crescent Region. We showcase 5 to 7 exhibits each year selected on the broad educational goal of displaying important contemporary work, exploring the possibilities of certain media or style and displaying works from the past that continue to bear relevance by offering the public a contemporary knowledge and understanding of art.

The McNamara House Museum was built in 1876 for William J. McNamara, his wife and four daughters. Opened as a historical house in 1961, this family home is a prime example of Victorian style and design, it was the recepient of the 2nd Texas Historic Landmark medallion awarded. The staff strives to interpret the life style of a typical middle-class South Texas merchant between 1876 and 1913. A major restoration project will begin in 2002, returning the McNamara House to its former glory.


The Victoria Regional Museum Association was formed in 1976 with the consolidation of the McNamara-O'Connor Historical and Fine Arts Museum (est. in 1960) and the Royston Nave Memorial. The Nave Museum, erected in 1930 to house the Royston Nave paintings and Bronte Club library, is the only fine arts museum in the Golden Crescent Region. The McNamara House Museum, a historic house museum, uses the McNamara family as the vehicle for interpretation of the social, economic and cultural lifestyle of middle class South Texans at the turn of the century.

Artifacts Collections

Archaeology: 21-100; Arms & armor/weapons: 1-20; Ceramics and glass: 21-100 Victorian Era; Film/sound recordings: 1-20; Furniture/wood artifacts/wood sculpture: 21-100 Victorian Era; Geology/mineralogy/paleontology: 1-20; Historic objects: 501-1,000 Victorian Era and earlier; Library/archival materials: 5,001-10,000 ca.1875-1940, personal and business papers of prominent individuals in the Victoria area, as well as other related materials (numerous papers relating to the banking and ranching fields); Metalwork/metal sculpture: 1-20; Musical instruments: 1-20 Victorian Era; Paintings: 21-100 Royston Nave: Photographic materials: 101-500; Science/technology/medicine, 1-20 Victorian Era; Stone artifacts and sculpture, 21-100 Textiles and costume, 21-100 Victorian Era; Architectural drawings: 101-500 Majority of these are by Jules Leffland

Research Collections

See Collections; available on a limited basis.

Educational Programs

Both locations: exhibitions, docent program, educational programs. One educational program, "Open New Doors" at the Nave Museum, introduces fourth grade students to the visual fine arts by giving them a general history of art of different cultures and familiarizing them with "art vocabulary," all in the museum environment. "A Day With the McNamaras" gives fifth grade students a glimpse into life as it was in Victoria in the late 1800s and an opportunity to experience role playing. Nave Museum: gallery tours. McNamara House: house tours and gallery tours.

Programs are not available for loan/tour at this time. Programs that are general enough to be used in other institutions are: Nave Museum: teacher packets containing classroom activities and exhibit information could be used; McNamara House: teacher packets could be used on a very limited basis. Fees for borrowing educational materials are to be determined on an individual basis dependent on the usage.


Quarterly newsletter, annual report, and educational handouts for programs.