Welcome to the Museum of the Big Bend!

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People, Places & Culture 2024

June 21-August 31

Mary Bones Endowment

Permian Basin Area Foundation is celebrating Mary’s remarkable legacy through the Mary Bones Endowment for the Museum of the Big Bend, established in her honor.

New Cultural Events Center

Available to rent for meetings/events

Opened June 2023!

Visit the new Emmett and Miriam McCoy Building at the Museum of the Big Bend and its new outstanding exhibits.

Going to Texas

Five Centuries of Texas Maps

Big Bend Legacy

Big Bend Legacy

The Big Bend Legacy exhibit
introduces visitors to the natural history,
human history and confluence of cultures
in the Big Bend region.


The Museum of the Big Bend is located on the Sul Ross State University campus in Alpine, Texas. Call 432-837-8730 for more information.

Tuesday–Saturday, 10AM–4PM
Closed major holidays

Click here for entrance fees, our pet policy & other visitor information

Pets are not permitted inside the Museum of the Big Bend except for service type animals that are specifically recognized by the ADA.

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Visit our Calendar to find out about upcoming Events, Exhibits and Workshops.


Visit the Museum’s Gift Shop, Big Bend Trading Company, for great books, gifts, crafts and clothing.

Director Mary Bones retired April 30th

Click to learn about Mary’s contributions to the Museum of the Big Bend and the endowment created in her honor.

Virtual Museum Walkthrough

Using Google Maps’ Street View feature, you can “walk” your browser through the entire exhibit area of the Museum of the Big Bend. Click here to give it a try!

The Mission of the Museum of the Big Bend, a Department of Sul Ross State University, is to serve and educate the public by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting the cultural, historic and natural materials that relate to the prehistory, history and cultural diversity of the Big Bend region of Texas and Mexico.