Museum of the Big Bend Complex

A MOBB Complex for the Future

Almost a century ago, an arrowhead was placed on a shelf in the Biology Department at Sul Ross Normal. From this humble beginning, the West Texas Historical and Scientific Society came into being with the purpose of collecting and preserving the history of the Big Bend. By 1937, these West Texas pioneers created a permanent home to tell this story in the Big Bend Memorial Museum.

In 2007, the Museum of the Big Bend underwent a complete renovation and restoration. Now we are ready to expand our ability to tell the story of the Big Bend. The Museum Complex will double the space of the Museum, which will include a temporary exhibit gallery, a dedicated Tom Lea gallery and an inviting interior event space with a connecting outdoor patio that highlights the panoramic view of the western mountains.

Come build the future with us!
Contact Mary Bones, Director, at 432.837.8145 or at to learn more.

  • Converts the current Museum into a cultural complex
  • New structure compliments the historic building
  • The scale, materials, and rhythm of the new building is seamless
  • Public entrance is moved, creating easier access for all
  • Historic Museum building will focus on history and cartography
  • New building will focus on art, archives and archaeology with nature
  • Historic Museum exhibits in the Great Hall will be updated
  • The Museum Complex will create two additional temporary galleries and one permanent exhibit space
  • A Texas Map Research Center will be established in the historic Museum
  • A Cultural Center featuring both interior and exterior spaces unlike any in the region
  • Tom Lea gallery featuring his historic cattle industry paintings
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