Artists, Galleries & Museums

Bryan Museum: FREE Teachers Day all of January

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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; seniors, students, and military are $10; children 6-12 are $4; 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 thebryanmuseum.org.

Every Wednesday starting January 16th (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 our beautiful building after the property has been closed to the public. Join Sunday and Wednesday evenings 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.

All of January: Texas Teachers Days – During the month of January 2019, The Bryan Museum is opening its doors and offering free admission for all Texas Teachers. All teachers must present a School District ID at the Museum’s ticket counter to enjoy FREE admission.

January 3rd, February 7th (5-7pm): After Hours in the Museum – Don’t miss Randy McDonald’s intriguing presentation at 5:45pm 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 such as white wine and beer (available for purchase in La Sirena). February 7th, join Jack Evins as he examines Elisabet Ney’s Portrait of Lilley Haynie and the artist’s impact on the Texas art scene. This is free to attend.

January Gallery Presentations – Join this series of presentations during January, 1-4pm. These are free to attend.

  • January 5th: “From Cotton to Thread” – Try your hand at turning cotton fibers into thread using hand cards and a spinning wheel.
  • January 12th: TBA
  • January 26th: Traditional Art of Gunsmithing – Learn the history and methods of the traditional art of gunsmithing

January 13th (12 noon-4pm): The Galveston Bridal Show – The Total Wedding Experience and The Bryan Museum would like to present to you The 2019 Galveston Island Bridal Show! The Lyceum of Galveston and The Bryan Museum are uniting to give bride’s the opportunity to tour not one, but two amazing Galveston Island venues. Come one, come all, come meet amazing bridal professionals who can help you plan the wedding of your dreams! Visit thetotalweddingexperience.com/january-2018-lyceum-bridal-show-reg to pre-register online and enter in one of three grand prize giveaways. Bride’s and their guests can pay at the door for $10 per venue or $15 for both venues. There will be a free shuttle to take the brides and their guests to and from venues.

January 19th, 17th, 24th, 31st (3-6pm): Wine at The Bryan – Everyone is welcome to experience the beauty of The Bryan conservation area 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.

January 19th (4-6pm): Historical Interpretation: Moving Beyond Trivia Historically Speaking Lecture Series – The Bryan Museum’s Historically Speaking lecture series kicks off with Dr. Bruce Winders as he tackles the idea of history being boring. Dr. Winders—a former classroom teacher, author, and museum curator—has devoted his career to finding ways to make history approachable, relevant, and exciting. Join us and get ready to discover how historical events are pieces of a much larger and connected story!

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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