Last updated: 5/2/2011
Beeville, Texas
Street Address
401 E. Fannin
Beeville, TX 78102
Mailing Address
401 E. Fannin
Beeville, TX 78102
phone: 361-358-8615
Monday - Friday9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday10 AM - 2 PM
Museum Type(s)
Tracy Saucier, Director
phone: 361-358-8615
Elizabeth Mylnar, Museum Contact

The Beeville Art Museum is dedicated to the concept of art as a positive force in the development of creative skills and thought. Toward this end, the Museum is committed to presenting exhibitions featuring the work of renowned Texas artists and collections from Texas museums, galleries and private collectors for the benefit of all people of Beeville and surrounding communities, with special emphasis to educational programs and activities designed to stimulate the imagination of Beeville's youth.


The Beeville Art Museum is housed in the beautiful Esther Barnhart House. The house was built in 1910 by the R.L. Hodges family and continued to be occupied by descendants of its original owners until 1975. In 1981, the Hodges house and adjacent acreage were purchased by Dr. Joe Barnhart of Houston. Dr. Barnhart named the Hodges house the Esther Barnhart House in honor of his mother. He then developed the land into a park to be used for the enjoyment of the community and named the park the Joe Barnhart Park in honor of his father. In 2002, an addition was constructed for an added 630 square feet of classroom and exhibit space.

Educational Programs

We offer docent-led tours for all area school children, Summer Art Camps led by faculty from the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and leading Texas artists, workshops led by exhibiting artists, an annual adult watercolor workshop lead by renowned artist and MFA,H instructor Arthur Turner, exhibits and exhibition literature, docent program, lectures for selected exhibitions, and educator guides to certain exhibits. Currently, educational materials are sent only to educators in the local area. These programs and activities are administered and funded by the Foundation.


private foundation [501(c)(3)]



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