San Jancinto Museum of History

Photo by Crystal Akers / CC BY 3.0 / Collage from original

See through the Eyes of Texas

LIVE VIEW from the top of the San Jacinto Monument overlooking the Houston Ship Channel and Battleship Texas. For additional camera features, visit Earthcam to access an archive of footage from the past 24 hours and a “Hall of Fame” collection of the most spectacular user-submitted views. Then, relive time-lapse footage of a spectacular Texas sunset here.
Get a Lone Star view from the webcam atop the country's tallest war memorial.

History on the Highway

On the road again? Discover a bit of Texas history at our I-10 Rest Area exhibits.

Blue Star Museum Program 2015

This summer, active duty military and their families can visit at no cost

A Destined Conflict now on exhibit

Find out how a little-known conflict, beginning in Texas, impacted two nations.

Teaching Texas History

Learn how the Curriculum Guide can energize your classroom.

Dig Down Deep Into History

Explore our amazing online collections like never before - right here, right now.

Plans for Future Expansion

Find out about the museum's plans for expansion, now in their initial stage.

THE BIRTH
OF A REPUBLIC

Uncover the origins of the Lone Star State at the San Jacinto Museum of History. Discover how a decisive 18-minute battle for independence empowered a young nation and forever altered the course of world history. The story of America is infused with the legacy of Texian valor.

Learn about the Battle of San Jacinto


Featured Video

Play A Free Texas Video

A Free Texas

A dedicated soldier's letter to his family tells of tragedy and triumph as the battle draws close — and freedom even closer.

Visit our YouTube channel for more videos


Upcoming Events

April 21, 2015

2015 San Jacinto Ceremony

September 07, 2015

Blue Star Museum 2015

See all events


GUEST BOOK

  • August 21, 2015

    kathy hall, baytown

    going today since I was a kid so it's been very many years.


  • August 11, 2015

    Retta Absher, Pearland Texas

    I have been to several of the reenactments, unfortunately it seems they have had too much rain, but I keep coming back, I will see you in 2016.


  • August 07, 2015

    Cody Parish, Houston

    What a great way to show the kids their heritage. Texas is the GREATEST state of the union.......


  • July 25, 2015

    Susanna Patterson, Bedford, TX

    I will be visiting in a few weeks. I'm really looking forward to it!


  • July 07, 2015

    David Wallace, Houston, Texas

    Found out a few days ago that one of my ancestors, who was from Bastrop, TX fought in the Battle of San Jacinto. I'll have to come visit the monument.


  • June 15, 2015

    Rowland C. Estrada, San Antonio, TX

    My family and I visited this beautiful monument and showed them what it is to be a true Texan. Remember the Alamo!


  • June 09, 2015

    wayne a. livingstone, cranston, r.i. and woodland park, co

    remember Goliad!!


  • June 04, 2015

    Jett Ryan Smith, Forney, TX

    Toured the battleground for the first time last summer. I'll be back this summer! Remember the Alamo!


  • May 17, 2015

    Betty H. Bailey, Coppell

    A few years ago I acquired copies of 19th Century family papers from your library. It was a thrilling find. Thank you!


  • May 02, 2015

    Clyde Sayre, Houston Texas

    Today, my wife and I are coming to visit. Look forward to seeing the museum.


  • April 23, 2015

    Bobby J. Marshall, Nacogdoches

    I hope to make it to San Jacinto someday. My great, gr,,,,,, grandfather was one of the three men that found Santa Anna out in the field where a marke 


  • April 21, 2015

    San Jacinto S. Defnall, Carrollton, GA

    I was able to visit this museum about 17 years ago.. it is the only time in my life that I was ever able to find something with my name printed on it.


  • April 16, 2015

    Rev. Michael K. Graves, M.Div., B.A., West Orange, TX

    Thomas A. Graves was my great great grandfather. His brother Ransome was killed at Goliad. He was a surveyor and a Texas Ranger. He fought for Texas!


  • March 25, 2015

    JoAnne Eastman, Pueblo, Colorado

    I plan to visit during the 2015 Festival.  I am a great-great-granddaughter of General Sam Houston. My uncle is Sam Houston IV of Katy, Texas.


  • February 19, 2015

    Kimberley DelHomme Thompson, Houston, TX

    My family owned this land. The State of Texas condemned the Habermehl land so it could be part of the State Park.


  • February 12, 2015

    Jemima Gomez, Houston

    HI


  • February 06, 2015

    Susan Sexton, Arvada, CO

    My husband and I plan on visiting at the end of April. James S. Patterson is my 3rd great grandfather and I look forward to visiting the site.


  • January 28, 2015

    Dave, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    Very Nice web site


  • December 31, 2014

    M. Muller, Berlin

    Greetings from Germany, we wish you folks a happy new year!


  • December 30, 2014

    Miguel Soto, Houston, Texas

    Good day: the History Museum of San Jacinto and Battleship be open on December 31, 2914 and January 1, 2015? Thank You


  • November 16, 2014

    Shanda Ligon Harris, Bastrop La

    I'm a proud born Texan. I used to look at the monument from on top of our shed. I visited several times as a child. Always made me proud.


  • November 11, 2014

    Mickie Walling White, Ft Worth Texas Born

    I enjoyed your site, there are Wallings who fought in the San Jacinto War


  • August 18, 2014

    Nathan, montreal

    I enjoy the knowledge on your site. Many thanks.


  • July 30, 2014

    Charles R. Hallmark, Meadows Place, Texas

    My Great Great Grandfather Alfred Hallmark, a veteran of the battle of San Jacinto, also a delegate at the 1879 Texas Veterans Convention at the site.


  • July 26, 2014

    Hodges Boys, Dripping Springs, TX

    My young sons are looking forward to visiting with their Grandparents. They are 8th generation Texans and learning more about their family history!


  • July 18, 2014

    Frances Harvey, Houston

    I really enjoyed viewing your new website and web cam. This will be a great educational tool as well.


  • July 05, 2014

    Linda Reigard, Houston, Texas

    I can't wait for the Time Capsule that is buried their at the Monument to be opened. I am a Native TEXAN and proud of it.


  • April 25, 2014

    Michael Heintschel, Baytown, Texas

    I'm proud to be a native Texan.  While serving in the Army, I got to see much of the world, but no where on Earth did I find a place better than Texas!


  • April 25, 2014

    Darryl Jones, Originally Leavenworth KS now Houston Texas

    I was shocked to find my gggg-uncle William C. Swearingen had fought at San Jacinto and written a famous letter.


  • April 22, 2014

    Library of the San Jacinto Museum, La Porte, Texas

    We're happy to help with genealogical inquiries! Visit the Ask the Librarian page and be sure to include your email address.


  • April 21, 2014

    Jill Morrow McGuckin, Crockett, Texas

    How can I get information about my Great-Great-Great Grandfather Thomas Box who fought at San Jacinto/settled in Houston County?


  • April 21, 2014

    Robert E. Broussard TAMU '90, Pearland, Texas

    My great-grandfather, Reinhold Topfer, was an engineer/iron-worker who framed the Monument's Lone Star in 1930's. I am an Aggie and proud Native Texan.


  • April 21, 2014

    Chapell, Austin TX

    A great site for school


  • April 20, 2014

    Mary Haven, Visalia, CA

    I belive that my 3rd Great Grandfather, William Harrison Pate, was one of the soldiers at the battle.  Is there a way to document this?


  • April 20, 2014

    Anthony Seelig, El Paso

    Native son of Texas; born in July 1966.


  • April 18, 2014

    Roland N. Salazar, Houston, Texas

    Been re-enacting for last several years.  It's a blast! We welcome any one interested in reenacting.  Musicians welcomed/Contact sala.roland@yahoo.com


  • March 21, 2014

    Tahjanique Bradley, Huston, Texas

    Love Texas I have been living here for 7 months Im from Miami Florida and I love it here thers no beach but the spirit from fellow Texans is amazing


  • March 17, 2014

    annemarie, sugar land texas

    go san jacinto


  • March 03, 2014

    Veronica Luna, Friendswood Tx

    I love coming here. I learn something new everytime I come here. Makes me love my state that much more!!!!


  • March 01, 2014

    JB Murphy, Tyler, TX

    Proud Texan that finds much pride in a historic place where our future was defined by a few hundred brave Texan Men.  Strong/Brave Texan Men vs. Satan.


  • January 11, 2014

    Spencer Family, Houston, Texas

    After visiting the Monument and Battlegrounds, we have a deeper appreciation and pride for Texas and all those who fought and sacrificed.


  • November 26, 2013

    Sammi Sears, Decatur

    Wow, I am totally coming for my Birthday,


  • November 23, 2013

    Corey Householder, Georgetown, Texas

    Very excited to visit the battleground and museum when my deployment ends. Can't wait to go experience some of my history!


  • November 20, 2013

    Chubzz Santibanez, Tahoka

    very cool

  • November 13, 2013

    Denton Florian, Houston

    Very nice upgrade to the site! We'll get the word out on the film's Facebook page and web site.  Thanks for all you do.


  • November 13, 2013

    Joanna Friebele, Dublin, TX

    Love this website, you did a great job - very pretty, very functional... easy to look at and use.  Lots of info too...


  • November 13, 2013

    Sunny Taj, Houston

    Great Site!!


  • November 13, 2013

    Yvonne Pittman, Katy, TExas

    Great job on a beautiful new website for all to enjoy!


  • October 28, 2013

    Kathy Gause, Irving, Texas

    This past weekend, my husband and I visited the monument, museum, and battleground.  There is so much Texas history here! Recommend it to all Texans!


  • October 23, 2013

    Mrs. Wierick's Class, Arlington, TX

    We would like to visit! We are reading a Time For Kids article, A Tall Tale about the monument.


  • October 02, 2013

    Kim Borel, Groves, Texas

    I visited the monument in 2011 for the 4th annual Wheel House motorcycle ride.  I loved to learn all of the history of the battle.


  • September 26, 2013

    Amanda Keating, St. Louis

    Quote from my 12 year old.."At least these people know how to make a web-site! I guess that is a compliment:)


  • September 05, 2013

    Jeffery Dowden, Splendora Tx

    I love the site and I am making my plans now to attend the reenactment.


  • August 26, 2013

    Hack Fresse, Uschihausen

    Nice site you have


  • August 20, 2013

    Sunny, Taj

    Very Informative!


  • July 27, 2013

    Susan Hampton, Houston

    Texas Forever


  • July 23, 2013

    Hoppness family, Dallas, TX

    Here in remembrance and honor to Philip Walker.  Your sacrifice and those of your fellow "Texans" are appreciated and remembered.


  • July 16, 2013

    Sandra Salas Gutierrez, Houston

    22 yrs living in Houston, 1st time visiting.  A Pleasure


  • June 29, 2013

    Veronica Melendez Ayala, Monterrey, México

    It's awesome


  • June 29, 2013

    Bob & Barbara Jennings

    Wow!


  • June 29, 2013

    Charles & Debbie Henry

    Go Texas!


  • June 22, 2013

    J. Simien, Houston

    Texas Forever!!


  • June 16, 2013

    Louis C. DeAnue-Hall, Port Arthur, Tex

    Wow! Great!


  • May 11, 2013

    Mark & Thomas Babineck, Houston, TX

    "Remember Goliad!"


  • March 09, 2013

    Frank & Sandra Bianco, Pearland

    Great movie


  • March 02, 2013

    Frank & Becky Tirez, Houston

    Long Live Texas!


  • December 29, 2012

    Mimi

    Today is a windy day and I came here with my friends.  My name is Mimi and I had a great time.


  • December 09, 2012

    Ron & Donne Shaw, Corsicana

    History stands proud here!


  • October 09, 2012

    The Edwards, Santa Fe, Tex

    Excellent!


  • September 18, 2012

    Wei Wang, Houston TX

    Great place.


  • September 05, 2012

    Lindsay Wade, Flagstaff, AZ

    Loved it!


  • August 05, 2012

    Paloma Morin Morero

    Me gusto mucho el museo.


  • March 04, 2012

    Gracie Lujan, Lumberton, TX

    Houston Rocks!


  • March 03, 2012

    Gina Francis, Houston

    ♥ San Jacinto!


  • February 19, 2012

    Maya Perez, Texas


  • February 16, 2012

    Julio Munoz

    Rocks!

PLAN YOUR VISIT

PLAN YOUR
VISIT

Open 7 Days a Week

One Monument Circle
La Porte, Texas 77571
281-479-2421

Hours

THE MUSEUM
9AM-6PM
JESSE H. JONES THEATRE
10AM-6PM
OBSERVATION FLOOR
9AM-5:45PM
THE BATTLEGROUND
9AM-6PM
BATTLESHIP TEXAS
10AM-5PM
THE HERZSTEIN LIBRARY
9AM-4:30PM
FRI. & SAT. BY APP. ONLY

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"A Destined Conflict: The U.S. – Mexican War".

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