Permanent Exhibits: Our permanent exhibit galleries are located on the second floor of the museum. Our permanent exhibits focus on railroad history with an emphasis on the Santa Fe and railroads in Texas. We also have a changing exhibit gallery, with new exhibits every 2 to 3 months. Our temporary exhibits explore general topics in U.S. history, as well as railroad history.


June 4 - August 17, 2024

Yosemite People
is a traveling exhibition from Exhibit Envoy and photographer Jonas Kulikauskas. 

"For the first time, a photographer is entering Yosemite as the WPA documentary photographers of the 1930s might, with a shifted priority on people rather than on nature."
Carol McCusker, Curator of Photography, The Harn Museum of Art

At Yosemite National Park, more than five million annual visitors are supported by thousands of local rangers, workers, and volunteers. Through Yosemite People, a new traveling exhibit, the complex and nuanced relationships between people and Yosemite’s natural wonders come to life
. Photographs from award-winning artist Jonas Kulikauskas – who brings his street photography sensibilities to the wilderness – reveal crowds clamoring to take the perfect selfie with Half Dome in the background and families cooling off in Tenaya Creek, while servers prep for diners at the Ahwahnee Hotel and rangers patrol the expansive Park. Traditions and history, too, are preserved through these images; Kulikauskas captures master basket weaver Julia Parker before her retirement, as well as Yosemite Valley Stables (where horseback riding tours are no longer allowed). Augmenting these images are text panels with oral histories from visitors to and workers in Yosemite, as well as historic images from Eadweard Muybridge, Ansel Adams, and Carleton Watkins to provide context for photography of the Park.

All together, the exhibit illustrates the ways in which people interact with natural resources and wilderness – even one as “pristine” as Yosemite National Park. Through this exhibit, your visitors will contemplate two essential questions: How can five million annual visitors experience Yosemite – and, by extension, our natural world – without harming it? How do our experiences with nature impact the way we understand ourselves?

In addition to the in-person exhibit at the Museum, you can also view our online exhibit to enhance your experience. 

Good for What Ails You: Temple’s Healthcare Heritage
August  9, 2023 - May 30, 2024

santa fe medical Temple is most widely known for two things—railroads and healthcare. This exhibit explores the intertwined story and how both contributed to making Temple one of the leading medical centers in Central Texas.

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