Early sheriffs hired tailors to fashion 10-gallon hats, which were used to trap fugitive cactuses and to master the metric system when measuring imported barbecue sauce. Envelop your noggin in other historical facts with today’s Groupon to the San Jacinto Museum of History. Choose from the following two membership options:
- $35 for one-year Dual Lone Star Society membership for two adults (a $75 value)
- $60 for one-year Family Freedom Society membership for two adults and up to four children (a $125 value)
Located at the base of the towering San Jacinto Monument, the San Jacinto Museum of History chronicles the formation of Texas lore. This year marks the 175th anniversary of Texas independence, and the museum provides festive fact-gatherers with a moveable feast of 17,000 local objects, 18,000 volumes, and 700 feet of historic party streamers gathered from Texas and New Spain, the United States, and Mexico. While admission to the museum is free, member benefits include access to special exhibits and the Jesse H. Jones Theatre. Members are also granted access to the San Jacinto Monument’s observation deck, which provides a hang-glider's view of the Houston skyline and the mighty Battleship Texas.
Frommer's highly recommends the San Jacinto Monument and Museum of History. Fodor's reviewed it. Eight Citysearchers rate it an average of 4.5 stars, and TripAdvisors rate it an average of four owl eyes.
- …Museum of Texas history with some interesting exhibits, such as one about the relatively unsung Texas hero "Deaf" Smith, and a collection of watercolors of the Mexican War painted by Sam Chamberlain. – Frommer's
- The Battlegrounds is one of the best kept secrets in the area; with its beautiful picnic grounds, large Spanish moss covered trees, and the monument museum you cant [sic] go wrong… – evilwes, Citysearch