Georgetown Arts & Culture

The Williamson Museum

twm-C716 S. Austin Avenue, Georgetown, Texas 78626
(512) 943-1670

The rich story of this part of Central Texas is told by The Williamson Museum, and a visit to the museum begins outside on the sidewalk with the life-sized bronze of Robert McAlpin Williamson, or Three-Legged Willie. History lovers and families will enjoy a stop at the museum, which preserves the unique stories of Williamson County for present and future generations and promotes the culture and heritage of the county through education, preservation, acquisition and exhibition. The insightful exhibits and artifacts offer and interpret first-hand historical information and provide a fascinating glimpse into the local past. The museum educates, entertains, and enlightens residents and visitors alike.

Museum outsideThe museum, established in 1997, features interactive exhibits to engage visitors of all ages, and monthly history-related programs open to the public including The Salon, Hands on History, and First Friday offerings. Tours of the 1911 historic Williamson County Courthouse are offered weekly and tell the story of the county’s diverse past. Educational opportunities for families, teachers, and schools include the Hands on History and Traveling Trunk programs, tours, field trips, a Summer History Explorers Camp, special events, interactive primary sources through WWII Comes to Williamson County.

The museum also hosts annual special events including an annual Cattleman’s Ball and a Civil War Ball, and the Chisholm Trail Day event in San Gabriel Park. At Chisholm Trail Day, kids young and old can get up close and personal with a Texas hero and learn about the great cattle drives of the late 1800’s. This half-day event features historical re-enactments, real cooking chuck wagons, live music, interactive stations, and culminates with a real cattle drive down a portion of the original Chisholm Trail. These are a fraction of the lively events that the museum organizes to bring history to life. Stop in and explore Georgetown’s long and storied history.

The museum is on the downtown Square. It is open Wednesday through Friday noon-5, and Saturday 10-5 pm. Admission is free.

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