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Children's Discovery Museum of the Golden Crescent

Since opening in 2002, the Children’s Discovery Museum has worked continuously to be a community resource providing interactive educational opportunities and engaging family experiences for residents and visitors. We have been a leader of learning through play in the Golden Crescent (counties Victoria, Bee, Calhoun, Dewitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Karnes, Lavaca, Refugio, and Wharton) region through our numerous immersive exhibits, special events, and educational programming. Come discover what CDM is all about!

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Five Points Museum of Contemporary Art

"Glimpses of the Past: Bessie Dean Parr"

OPENING SEPTEMBER 9, 2023 through February 4, 2024

This exhibit contains over 200 images that were stored and forgotten in open wooden ammunition boxes in a barn for almost 100 years in Collierville, once a small town and now a suburb of Memphis. The photographer, Bessie Dean Parr was revolutionary in her use of photography, opening her studio to access by everyday citizens from the area regardless of class or race. The result is a remarkable collection of work that presents the small-town South from the early 1900‘s in a way that can’t be seen via a modern lens.
Many of the glass-plate negatives that Parr used suffered extreme water damage and in many cases were completely gone, leaving just the blank glass-plates. Thanks to the careful cleaning and documenting by amateur photographer, Rick Broer, his wife, Jill, and eventually their daughter, Katherine Broer-Parr, this collection of photographs has been saved, giving us a glimpse of the past that resonates far beyond Tennessee.

Five Points Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 1201 North Moody in Victoria, TX. Normally, during exhibitions are open to the public 12-5pm Wednesday through Sunday. Admission at the museum is always free.

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The Nave Museum

The Peacemakers & Trailheads" by Felice House & Dana Younger

January 26th - March 9th, 2024

The Nave Museum presents College Station-based husband and wife duo, sculptor Dana Younger and painter Felice House, celebrating the Western landscape and reimagining the Western narrative in their thought-provoking artwork.

“For more than a century the West has occupied a special place in the imagination of Americans, with perhaps only one foot in reality,” the artists write. “By subverting expectations, House and Younger are questioning a genre, not only in its historical context but as a contemporary fantasy with roots so deep in American culture that they are quite possibly inexorable.”

Felice House is a figurative painter who strives, through her portrayals of women, to provide a counterpoint to the passive female representations found in art historical tradition. She projects contemporary women into iconic roles formerly played by Western movie icons such as John Wayne, James Dean, and Gary Cooper. By placing women in these roles, she points a finger at the limited access of women to power in culture. House is an Associate Professor in the School of Performance, Visualization, and Fine Arts at Texas A&M.

Dana Younger uses a wide variety of sculptural mediums to call attention to cultural heritage that warrants reexamination. His work juxtaposes romanticized Western conventions with real people and damage associated with westward expansion. Humor, beauty, and biting commentary combine in his work and invite the viewer to take another look.

The Nave's hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday 12 Noon to 5pm. Saturday & Sunday 12 Noon to 4pm
There is never a cover charge but donations at the door are always welcomed.

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Museum of the Coastal Bend

Exterior stone façade of a museum

Where Texas History Began

Discover the people, places, and events that make the Texas Coastal Bend unique. Check out the Education page for more information and resources to make your learning experience that much better, and the Group Tours tab for an introductory video to the virtual exhibit!

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Victoria Art League

community Art Center

Victoria Art League (VAL) mission is to provide a vital working organization for art education, creativity, art appreciation, and exhibition of visual arts.

If you are an artist, this is the place for you and your work! VAL members have a chance to host their own gallery exhibits as well as a prestigious place to display their works of art within the Harold Nichols Gallery. Mr. Nichols was an icon of Victoria whose art and legacy reaches far across Texas. The VAL is housed in the historic Thurmond Building built in 1898. It is affectionally remembered as the Old Farmers Co-op.

Looking for a historic and defined venue for your next event? Come take a tour of the beautiful Victoria Art League! Reservations are available.

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Victoria Regional History Center

University of Houston - Victoria Library of Regional History

History in the Crossroads: African American Influences
February 1 through 29, 2024

In observance of Black History Month, the Victoria Regional History Center presents "History in the Crossroads: African American Influences", a historic photograph exhibit. This exhibit is free and open to the public from February 1-29, during the UHV Library hours of operation. The exhibit is located on the 3rd floor of University Commons.

Come explore our region's history. Staff has built this exhibit to represent civic outreach, athletics, education, cowboy & ranching, church & ministry, and faces of the community.
For questions or further information, please contact Kevin Oliver at 361-570-4169 or email him at OliverKB1@uhv.edu.

Patrons may view the exhibit during operating hours of the UHV Library.

We are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the University Commons building at 3006 North Ben Wilson Street, Victoria, TX.

For more information about the exhibit or access, please contact Kevin Oliver at (361)570-4175 or OliverKB1@uhv.edu

This exhibit is curated by the VRHC and they are always looking to grow its photo collection; please reach out to staff if you would like to contribute photos. AskRegionalHistory@uhv.edu

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