Last updated: 12/17/2020
Vernon, Texas
Street Address
4600 College Drive
Vernon, TX 76384
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2004
Vernon, TX 76385
phone: 940-553-1848
e-mail: info@rrvmuseum.org
web: rrvmuseum.org
Hours
Tuesday - Friday10:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Sunday - Mondayclosed
Admissions
Membership options available
Suggested Donation for Adults: $10
Suggested Donation for Children (): $5
Services
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Sherry Yoakum, Executive Director
phone: 940-553-1848
Cooper Alexander, Marketing & Programming Director
Description

The Red River Valley Museum is a museum of history, science and art. The rich and colorful history of Wilbarger County can be traced over 10,000 years ago as evidenced by the artifacts found in the J. Henry and Ethel Ray Collection. Newest exhibit is the Western Trail Drover - an interactive exhibit with nine vignettes of the Western Trail. The Bill Bond Large Game Animal Exhibit consists of 137 large game animals collected in a period that spanned 40 years. The Waggoner Ranch Room comes complete with a replica of Electra Waggoner Biggs art studio. The history of the Waggoner Ranch - the LARGEST ranch under one fence is found in this room. Last but not least is the traveling exhibit room. You never know what you might discover.

Mission

To preserve, protect and present the history and exhibits entrusted to the Red River Valley Museum in an interesting and entertaining manner.

History

The Red River Valley Museum has had three distinct lives. The first life began in 1963 when the museum housed the J. Henry and Ethel Ray Artifacts Collection in an unused cloakroom of the County auditorium. There were no docents, no director, and few on-call volunteers. This continued until 1976, when an old hospital was donated; a director was hired; and the collections expanded.

In late 1985 William Bond donated his collection of 130 record-holding wild game trophy mounts from around the world. A 15,000 square foot modern, regional Museum was built adjacent to the Vernon College campus.

By late 1987, the Board of Directors resolved to move the museum into a more professional stance. At this time, there was no registration of objects, no Educational Outreach Program, and no Endowment Fund. From 1988 until the present, the museum has redesigned all exhibition halls, refined all exhibits, and instituted an outreach educational program and an Endowment Fund.

Artifact Collections

J. HENRY AND ETHEL RAY COLLECTION HOUSES ARTIFACTS UP TO 10,000 BC AND A CAPTORHINUS ESTIMATED TO BE 250 MILLION YEARS OLD.

Research Collections

The history of Wilbarger County from the day of the dinosaur to early 1920's. The Western Trail as seen through the eyes of of a drover. Bill Bond Big Game Collection - 135 animals collected in a hunting career spanning approximately 40 years. Many of these animals will not be seen in any other collection. The Waggoner Ranch - largest ranch under one fence in the United States.

Educational Programs
  • Traveling exhibits
  • Docent Program
  • Junior Docent Program
  • School tours
Governance

Non-Profit Entity Board of Directors

Library

Access: General Public

Appointment required: No

Publications

Quarterly newsletter

ADA

Wheelchair Accessible

Parking

Restrooms

Services

Rent a room or the entire Museum for your special event. Birthdays - Weddings - Reunions - Staff Parties - Conferences - Classes - Trade Shows - Markets - Galas

Gift Shop

Online Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Group Tours

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MUSEUM CONFERENCES
Wednesday, September 1 - Thursday, September 30, 2021 — Virtual
CANCELLED: Florida Association of Museums 2021 Annual Conference
Monday, September 20 - Sunday, September 26, 2021 — Virtual
American Craft Council (ACC) Atlanta Southeast Craft Week
Wednesday, September 22 - Saturday, September 25, 2021 — Virtual
American Association for State and Local History/AMA 2021 Annual Meeting
Friday, October 1 - Sunday, October 31, 2021 — Virtual
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Wednesday, October 6 - Friday, October 8, 2021 — Virginia City, Nevada
Nevada Museum Association 2021 Annual Conference
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Monday, November 29 - Wednesday, December 1, 2021 — Washington, District of Columbia
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