Artists, Galleries & Museums

Bryan Museum: Wine, Yoga & History Explored

Galveston Art League

At Bryan Museum This Month:

The Bryan Museum is located in the historic Galveston Orphans Home at 1315 21st St. Set in an exquisite Renaissance Revival-style building surrounded by beautiful landscaping in a historic neighborhood, The Bryan Museum is an oasis in the heart of Galveston.

Regular tours are a great introduction to the Museum. You will be guided through all of the permanent galleries where you will learn about the history of the West, the collection, and the historic building. Tours are given (no reservations needed) at 11:30am and 2:30pm. Tours are included in the price of the museum admission at no additional cost.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and military, $10 for students with valid ID, $5 for children 6-12, and children under 6 are free. The museum is open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm, and closed Monday-Tuesday. For more info call (409)632-7685 or go to

Every Wednesday (6pm): Yoga After Dark – Take a few minutes to intentionally breathe, stretch, and regain your sanity. Even if your downward dog isn’t a work of art, you’ll be surrounded by masterpieces during evening yoga at The Bryan Museum. Sessions occur in the grand library and provide exclusive nighttime access to the beautiful building after the property has been closed to the public. Join for a 60-minute vinyasa flow. Beginners are welcome. Registration is required. Please bring your own yoga mat. There is a suggested $10 donation, payable on site.

Every Thursday (3-6pm) and Sunday (9am-1pm): Galveston’s Own Farmers Market – Founded in 2012, Galveston’s Own Farmers Market is a weekly outdoor market hosted at the Museum that provides a direct connection to vendors creating and growing fresh whole foods, including farms, ranches, bakeries, cheese-makers, and specialty food producers.

March 14th, 21st, 28th (Second, Third, and Fourth Thursday, 3-6pm): Wine at The Bryan – In conjunction with Galveston’s Own Farmers Market, you can join the fun for a relaxing time and conversation with friends, family, and Museum staff. Wine, beer, and complimentary bar snacks will be served inside the Museum Shop. Please enter from the Guest Parking lot behind the Museum.

March 7th (5-7pm): After Hours in the Museum – Don’t miss Randy McDonald’s intriguing presentation featuring the “Printed Broadside, Hood’s Texas Brigade: Calcasieu: the 1st, 4th, 5th, Texas and 18th Georgia, Hampton Legion.” This discussion will reveal interesting details about how these recruiting posters appealed to the patriotism of young men in Texas. Enjoy beverages available for purchase. Also, Jack Evins will examine Elisabet Ney’s “Portrait of Lilley Haynie” and the artist’s impact on the Texas art scene. This is free to attend.

March 16th (4-6pm): Jean Lafitte: Legends of Galveston’s Privateer – Join Dr. Stephen Curley, featured Jean Lafitte expert on the History Channel, to explore the life of one of the most successful pirates and privateers of the early 19th century. Learn about Lafitte’s impact on popular culture, including images, relics, and music. This is free to attend but RSVP’s are requested.

On Exhibit

Through April 11th: Maxfield Parrish: The Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Murals – This exhibition at The Bryan Museum in Galveston combines wealth, beauty, and high-stakes art theft. In 1912, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, heiress, scion, and founder of Manhattan’s Whitney Museum, commissioned American artist Maxfield Parrish to create a set of murals for her Long Island mansion’s art studio. Nearly ninety years later, two of the nine murals were stolen in a daring and sophisticated robbery. Thieves entered a West Hollywood art gallery through the roof, disabled motion sensors, and alarms, and cut two of the paintings from their frames. The two murals are still missing and the heist is on the FBI’s list of Top Ten International Art Crimes. The Bryan Museum’s exhibition is your only opportunity to see all nine murals together, at least in spirit – prints of the two missing murals will be on display. These murals are arguably the finest works Parrish ever created. Originally installed in the reception room of Whitney’s art studio, the large-scale paintings were created from 1914 to 1918. Parrish’s paintings convey a sense of magic through their imagined and idealized neo-classical imagery. Parrish’s popularity was staggering, with one in four American homes displaying his art during the first half of the 20th century.

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