Last updated: 3/23/2016
Georgetown, Texas
Street Address
716 S. Austin Avenue
Georgetown, TX 78626
Mailing Address
716 S. Austin Avenue
Georgetown, TX 78626
Hours
Wednesday - Friday12 PM - 5 PM
Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday - Tuesdayclosed
Courthouse Tours: Friday-Saturday 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm and by appointment. Please call to confirm tours.
Admissions
Free. Donations Accepted.
Services
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Mickie Ross, Executive Director
Ann Evans, Curator
Danelle Houck, Educator
Emily Russell, Visitor Services Coordinator
Description

The Williamson Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established in 1997 to collect, preserve and exhibit items relating to the rich culture and heritage of Williamson County. We offer free and exciting hands-on educational programs to the public through innovative exhibits, tours and outreach including our annual Pioneer Day at Old Settlers Park.

Through our extensive educational outreach programs, our goal is to preserve the unique stories of the county for both present and future generations. In addition, the Museum provides insight and accurate historical information based on first-hand sources in a variety of areas. This focus allows the Museum to effectively educate, entertain and enlighten our visitors.

Mission

The mission of The Williamson Museum is to promote the culture and heritage of Williamson County through education, preservation, acquisition and exhibition.

The vision of the Museum is to become a benchmark for all museums by providing leading-edge historical and cultural education to the public.

History

The vision for a county museum began with the Williamson County Historical Commission. Commission members began gathering documents and artifacts when there was nowhere else for the materials to go. As the need became clear, they established an independent board to create a museum that could safely house and display what the commissioners had so carefully collected and preserved.

The Williamson County Historical Museum (WCHM), a non-profit corporation, was established in 1997 to collect, preserve, and exhibit documents and material objects relating to the history of Williamson County; to offer educational programs relating to Williamson County history to students and the general public; to guide the renovation and oversee the preservation of the Old Farmers State Bank Building, maintaining it as an historical museum open to the public; to generate through contributions, gifts, and special functions the funds necessary to support renovations, collections, exhibits, and programs.

In 2008 the Museum underwent a name change to The Williamson Museum and expanded its mission to include a larger amount of the cultural heritage of Williamson County.

Artifact Collections

The Museum is currently developing its artifact collections relating to Williamson County History. It is now soliciting and cataloging local historical materials from around the county that have been held waiting for completion of storage facilities in the Farmers State Bank Building.

Educational Programs

We offer educational programs for all ages on and off-site including a traveling trunk program, gallery tours, tours of downtown Georgetown, Summer History Explorer's programs, Pioneer Day, lecture series, docent programs, and teachers' workshops.

Governance

501(c)3 Nonprofit

Library

Access: General Public, Students, Scholars

Appointment required: Yes

Publications

Quarterly newsletter

ADA

Wheelchair Accessible

Restrooms

Services

Rent the Historic Williamson County Courthouse for Your Event

The Williamson County Courthouse has rooms and spaces available for rentals: the Commissioners' Courtroom, the District Courtroom, a Conference Room and Rotundas on three floors. These areas are available for special events and meetings Wednesday through Saturday.

Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Group Tours

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