San Jancinto Museum of History

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When is the Museum open?

The San Jacinto Museum of History is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm seven days a week. The Museum is closed Thanksgiving Day, December 24, and December 25. See the Visit Us page for a listing of entrance fees to various attractions. For information on the fees for the Battleship TEXAS, visit the Texas Parks & Wildlife site.

When can I see Texas Forever!!, and how long does it last?

Texas Forever!! is shown on the hour beginning at 10:00 AM and lasts 35 minutes. The last show begins at 5:00 pm. Tickets should be purchased at least fifteen minutes in advance. Tickets may be purchased separately, or as part of a Combo ticket. See the Visit Us page for a complete list of entrance fees to various attractions.

How big is the reflection pool?

The reflection pool is 1,777 feet long, 219 feet wide, and 3 to 4 feet deep.

Where is the Battleship TEXAS located?

The battleship TEXAS is on Buffalo Bayou, at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Park, off of Route 134.

Where is the tree that Sam Houston sat under?

Due to erosion and the widening of the Ship Channel, the oak tree that the wounded Sam Houston sat under when the captured Santa Anna was brought before him after the Battle of San Jacinto no longer exists.

Are there picnic grounds with tables and barbecue pits?

There are a few picnic tables scattered throughout the park. See the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site for more information about park facilities.

Is camping allowed in the park?

No, but the hiking is terrific and there are many hotels nearby.

Are pets allowed in the park and in the museum?

Pets are allowed in the park if they are on a leash. Sorry, no pets in the museum. Contact Texas Parks and Wildlife for more information.

Where is the submarine memorial located?

The Seawolf Submarine Memorial is near the Battleship TEXAS. The SEAWOLF was commissioned in 1939 and lost at sea in 1944.

Does Metro offer bus service to the Monument?

No. Public transportation does not run to the monument.

Was the Battleship part of the Battle of San Jacinto?

No. The Battle of San Jacinto took place in 1836. The TEXAS was commissioned in 1912, and served during World War I and World War II. The battleship was decommissioned in 1948.

Can you tell me if my historic artifact is real, and what it is worth?

The best person to judge the authenticity and value of a historic artifact is an expert, and staff at the museum are not able to provide values. Contact an appraiser to help value your family treasure.

American Society of Appraisers: 800.272.8258

Appraisers Association of America: 212.889.5404

International Society of Appraisers: 888.472.5461

What made the holes in the Monument?

History itself made them! The walls of the San Jacinto Monument are made of shell limestone from Central Texas. The holes are the fossil remnants of the organisms present millions of years ago in what was to become Central Texas today.

Where is Vince's Bridge located?

The Vince’s Bridge marker is located north of Highway 225. Take Richey St. north. Stay to the left and continue due north over the railroad tracks and the low water bridge for Vince’s Bayou. The marker is located on the opposite bank, on the left.

How do I get to the Santa Anna Capture Site?

From Highway 225, take Shaver street north. Turn on the Pasadena Paper Mill entrance road at Washburn Tunnel, and turn right at the old plant gate. The marker is located on the right about 100 feet ahead.

Where are the Twin Sister cannons located? What happened to them?

Nobody knows. They were used in the Battle of Galveston on January 1, 1863. The last official mention of the Twin Sisters was in a February 8, 1864 letter to Col. John S. (Rip) Ford from Lt. Walter W. Blow, who intended to send the cannons to Ford for use in an expedition to recapture the Rio Grande from Federal troops.

It is not known if the Twin Sisters actually accompanied the expedition. Legend states that a group of Confederate soldiers buried the Twin Sisters somewhere near Houston or Harrisburg in 1865, to keep them from Union Army, but the truth of the story is not known.

What nations do the six flags represent?

The flags represent the six nations that have claimed sovereignty over Texas. They are the Kingdom of Spain, the Kingdom of France, the Republic of Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of America, and the United States of America. See the Monument page to learn more.

What does "San Jacinto" mean?

The English translation of San Jacinto is Saint Hyacinth. St. Hyacinth was a 12th century Dominican missionary who spread Christianity through northern Europe. The Battle of San Jacinto takes its name from its location near the San Jacinto River.

There are two versions of how the river was named: the first is that the river may have been discovered on St. Hyacinth’s Day, August 17. The second is that when the river was discovered, passage up the river was blocked by water hyacinths, an aquatic plant.

When was the monument built?

Construction on the monument began in 1936, and finished in 1939.

How tall is the Monument? How much taller than the Washington Monument?

The San Jacinto Memorial Monument is 570 feet tall, from the ground to the top of the star. It is 555 feet from the first floor to the top of the star. The Washington Monument is 555 feet tall.

How much did it cost to build?

Jesse H. Jones, head of the Federal Reconstruction Finance Corporation and a Houston financier, brought together $1,500,000 in Federal, State, and local funds to build the monument.

Who was the architect?

The monument was conceived by architect Alfred C. Finn and engineer Robert J. Cummins, from a design suggested by Jesse H. Jones. It was built by W. S. Bellows Construction Company.

What is it made of?

The Monument is made of structural steel, concrete, and Cordova shellstone.

How tall is the star? How much does it weigh? How many points does it have?

The star on the top of the monument is 34 feet high, and weighs about 220 tons. The star has nine points, and was designed so that five points would be visible from any angle.

What was the name of the restaurant that served all you can eat, I remember eating there in the past?

The San Jacinto Inn, first opened in 1919, was well known for its family-style dining, but has been closed for several years. It was located near the Battleship TEXAS.

Additional Phone Numbers:
The Battleship TEXAS: 281.479.2431
Besaw’s Restaurant: 281.479.9113
The Lynchburg Ferry: 281.424.3521
The Monument Inn: 281.479.1521
The Port of Houston Tours: 281.670.2416