Tyler Texas Museums

Tyler Museum of ArtTyler Museum of Art

Tyler's lifestyle has the characteristics, feel, benefits and safety of a small town, but also has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with the advantages of a variety of arts and cultural activities including a diverse choice of museums.

The highly-respected Tyler Museum of Art, located on the campus of Tyler Junior College (TJC), showcases both permanent, rotating and visiting collections. The Museum is currently engaged in the design of a much larger facility.

Located adjacent to the famous Tyler Rose Garden is the Tyler Rose Museum, which showcases and documents the history of the annual Texas Rose Festival.

The Tyler Rose Museum
The Tyler Rose Museum

The Tyler Tap Railroad began operations in 1877, and later became part of the Cotton Belt Railway. The Cotton Belt train depot in Tyler was opened in 1905. The last passenger train in Tyler was in April, 1956, and the depot was later donated to the City of Tyler.

Today, the depot is the home of the Cotton Belt Depot Museum, and the Tyler Transit offices. Included in the museum's collection are four large model train layouts, photographs, uniforms, hats, etc. that have been donated by former employees of the railroad, and friends of the depot.


The museum has received visitors from all 50 states and 38 foreign counties, and is staffed by volunteers from the Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society. 

And if you're looking for a good place to take the children or school groups, tour the Caldwell Zoo, Brookshire's Museum and Country Store or the Discovery Science Place.

Brookshire's World of Wildlife Museum & Country Store on Old Jacksonville Highway and Loop 323, Tyler, Texas
Brookshire's World of Wildlife Museum & Country Store on Old Jacksonville Highway and Loop 323, Tyler, Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)

The Carnegie History Center is located at 125 South College Avenue in downtown Tyler, in a historic structure that originally housed a Carnegie Public Library. Although the old Library in-and-of-itself is a historical treasure, the exhibits housed within weave together the history of Smith County, Texas seamlessly through permanent and temporary exhibits.

This museum displays artifacts that reflect the historic, social, economic and political culture of Smith County. The building also is the home to the Smith County Historical Society.

A special exhibit opens on November 18,2017, and will continue into 2018. The new exhibit, “Wading Through Blood: The Great War & Smith County Men,” coincides with the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into World War I. 

The Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum, built in 1859, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and designated a Texas Historic Landmark.

This historic home is open for walk-in tours, while group tours, photograph sessions, meetings, and other functions must be scheduled in advance.

The home is located at 624 North Broadway just north of downtown, and is owned and operated by the City of Tyler.

Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum, North Broadway Avenue, Tyler, Texas

Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)

The Center for Earth and Space Science Education (CESSE) Planetarium, formerly known as the Hudnall Planetarium, has undergone a major expansion and renovation of its facilities on the main campus of Tyler Junior College (TJC).

The Historic Aviation Memorial Museum is a large regional aviation museum located at Tyler's Pounds Regional Airport, in the old passenger terminal building.

It includes a gift shop and library, a multimedia theater room, and provides a variety of educational programs. The hangar facility provides space for an aircraft restoration area and for the flying aircraft. read more about HAMM

The new American Freedom Museum is located just a few blocks from downtown Bullard on the Brookhill School campus.

The Museum contains 15,000 sq.ft. of galleries showcasing a collection of over 600 artifacts and documents about our nation’s history.

We recommend a trip to the museum, and exploring the Hall of Presidents and the Hall of Freedom. more about the Museum

The Center for Earth and Space Science Education (CESSE) Planetarium (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Center for Earth and Space Science Education (CESSE) Planetarium on the main campus of Tyler Junior College in Tyler Texas

Regional Museums of Interest

The East Texas Oil Museum in Kilgore on Highway 259 at Ross Street, on the campus of Kilgore College is highly recommended. The museum depicts the people and towns of the oil boom using a series of dioramas, movies, sound presentations and antiques. For details, call the museum at 903.983.8295.

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