Exhibits

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.
 TEMPORARY EXHIBITS: 
Temple Room
September 3, 2022 - May 31, 2023
The Temple Room Gallery will highlight stories of Temple's past. This exhibit’s theme goes with going back to school, cooler weather, and the favorite fall sport----FOOTBALL! We’ve got uniforms, programs, and marching band items from Dunbar and Temple High.  This gallery will have some special collection items on display, including uniforms on loan from the Bell County Museum and Dunbar items from Temple Public Library.

Temple Room








QUANAH PARKER EXHIBIT: ONE MAN, TWO WORLDS
JANUARY 14, 2023 - APRIL 15, 2023

Quanah Parker Resized
The display contains more than 40 photos depicting Cynthia Ann Parker and her son Quanah's substantial life events. Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker are two important names in U.S. frontier history. Much can be learned from the dramatic story of these two courageous individuals. In 1836, a Comanche raiding party took Cynthia Ann from her family. Over the following years, she became a wife to a Comanche chief and mother to children, including Quanah. After Cynthia Ann was taken back by Texas Rangers, Quanah became one of the most important Comanche leaders both in war and peace. The photo exhibit tells this story of the lives of these two people caught between two different worlds.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission's Texas Lakes Trail Region.


DANNY LYON: BIKERIDERS
APRIL 22 , 2023 - JUNE 17, 2023

The Bikeriders features fifty photographs from the iconic series on biker culture that acclaimed photographer Danny Lyon produced from 1963-67. With this influential series of photographs, Lyon pioneered a new approach: he photographed his subjects from inside, rather than simply as an observer. In 1963, he joined the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club and, over the next four years, participated with the members on long-distance rides and at races, field meets and informal gatherings. Lyon became friends with his subjects and demystified a culture that was often stereotyped as a form of "low life." Lyon's book of photographs, also title The Bikeriders, was published one year before the film Easy Rider.

In addition to bikers, Lyon has photo-documented the Southern Civil Rights Movement, death-row inmates, street kids, and the changing urban landscape of lower Manhattan. He has also produced a number of films and is considered an important influence on contemporary photographers Nan Goldin and Larry Clark.

AWKWARD FAMILY PHOTOS
JUNE 30, 2023 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2023

Awkward Family Photos the exhibition celebrates the perfectly imperfect moments that come with the family experience and provides a place for people to take comfort in the fact that their family is not alone. The collection includes an assortment of classic Awkward Family Photos framed in vintage, era-appropriate frames, and hilarious 'behind the awkwardness' stories. The exhibition opened to record attendance at the Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on June 17, 2012 and has been traveling ever since.

UNSINKABLE: VOICES FROM THE STORM
SEPTEMBEER 16, 2023 - OCTOBER 28, 2023

Based on the Texas Monthly October 2017 cover story, "Voices from the Storm," this exhibition features the stories of sixteen individuals who survived, witnessed, and assisted others during the five days of rain brought on by Hurricane Harvey. Using story panels, audio, exclusive photographs, and content from more than a dozen Texas Monthly staff members who covered the hurricane, Unsinkable: Voices from the Storm gives viewers insight into what it was like for Texans affected by the storm.

Unsinkable: Voices from the Storm was created by the Bullock Texas State History Museum in coordination with Texas Monthly and organized for travel by Humanities Texas.

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