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Texas Memorial Museum
Austin, Texas

2400 Trinity Street
Austin, TX 78705
on The University of Texas campus

by Sarah Reveley
Texas Memorial Museum Austin Texas
Texas Memorial Museum
Postcard courtesy Sarah Reveley

Austin Texas Memorial Museum

Ever seen a Centennial Half-dollar, sculpted by Pompeo Coppini? Today they are worth anywhere from $200 to $400! They were originally sold by the American Legion to raise funds for part of the construction of the Texas Memorial Museum.

A state museum at first, it was transferred to The University of Texas, and remains committed to being a museum for all of Texas. Built in the popular Art Deco style, the Texas limestone structure is 75 feet high, 116 feet long, and 80 feet wide. Inside the 35 foot tall Great Hall are the seals of the six nations that have ruled Texas.

In 1948 the "Mustangs" statue was placed in front of the museum. Sculpted by Alexander Proctor, he did part of the work at King Ranch, where he used wild mustangs as models.

The Museum is located at 2400 Trinity Street in Austin, on The University of Texas campus. http://www.utexas.edu/tmm/exhibits/

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Austin TX Centennial Texas Memorial Museum Dinosaur display
Interior
Photo courtesy Carol Noriega, 2008
Texas Memorial Museum Mustangs

The Mustangs

The ten ton statue was finished in 1941 but couldn't be cast until after WWII due to metal shortages. The inscription (written by J. Frank Dobie) reads: "Mustangs. They carried the men who made Texas." - Photo courtesy Alex Chen, 2008

Austin TX Texas Memorial Museum Exterior
Detail
Photo courtesy Todd J. Tubutis, 2008
More Texas Statues
Austin TX Centennial TexasMemorial Museum Cornerstone
Texas Memorial Museum Cornerstone
Photo courtesy Todd J. Tubutis, 2008
Austin TX Centennial Texas Memorial Museum Doors
Museum doors
From "Monuments Commemorating the Centenary of Texas Independence", State of Texas, 1938
Austin TX Centennial Texas Memorial Museum
Texas Memorial Museum
From "Monuments Commemorating the Centenary of Texas Independence", State of Texas, 1938
Austin TX Centennial Texas Memorial Museum  at night
Texas Memorial Museum at night
Courtesy Sarah Reveley
Sarah Reveley
Author's Note: As you continue along the Centennial trail, it is pretty obvious that my best descriptions are the ones of the museums I have seen myself. So, if you have been to any of these, please tell us about it! Please email Sarah Reveley. - Sarah Reveley


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