Republic of the Rio Grande Museum®

The museum is a Mexican vernacular structure, constructed in 1830 with an 1860 addition. It was once the home of Bartolomé García, prominent rancher and mayor of Laredo. According to tradition, in 1840, the structure served as the capitol of the Republic of the Río Grande. The Museum is considered a historic house museum which features displays recreating an authentic c.1830 home in Laredo.

1005 Zaragoza Street

Museum hours:

Tuesday - Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Closed on Sundays and Mondays

Admission: $2.00


Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum

This restored two-story brick building constructed in the early 20th century, was once home to two early Laredo merchant families.  It now serves as the Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum showcasing the region's history, culture, industry, and populations through a series of changing exhibits and educational seminars.

810 Zaragoza Street

Museum hours:

Tuesday - Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Closed on Sundays and Mondays

Admission $5.00


Casa Ortiz

With its beautiful gardens and its amazing view to Mexico and the Rio Grande River, Casa Ortiz is a historical building, part of the Historical Center of Laredo. Built by Jose Reyes Ortiz between 1829 and 1830. Casa Ortiz was recorded Texas Historical Landmark in 1964 becoming one of Laredo’s most precious legacies. At present, Casa Ortiz is managed by Texas A&M International University, which is used for holding University events, seminars, tours, and for educational purposes. 

915 Zaragoza Street
(956) 326-3200

Operation Hours:

Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm or by special appointment

Admission is free


Washington's Birthday Celebration Association Museum

What started as a two day festival in 1898, now boasts 27 events in just over 30 days. More than 400,000 visitors attend the Washington’s Birthday Celebration, making it the largest, most diversified, fun-filled “fiesta” of its kind in the United States. Make sure to stop by the WBCA Museum, located next to La Posada Hotel. Get a close-up view of the extravagant and beautiful dresses used by the Society of Martha Washington or the Native American traditional dress of Princess Pocahontas Council. The museum is filled with one-of-a-kind and historical memorabilia, all located on the grounds of La Posada Hotel.

1000 Zaragoza Street, Suite 100 (San Agustin Ball room)

Operation Hours:

FREE Admission

Call Front Desk of La Posada Hotel for more information.