Back for its eighth year, the Museum of South Texas History presents Summer Nights at the Museum June 14, June 28 and July 12 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The three-night series brings history to life with hands-on activities, living history re-enactors, music and entertainment.
There will be interactive scavenger hunts designed to guide families through the galleries. Children completing the hunts will be entered in a drawing for a nightly prize from the museum store. Those participating in all three hunts will be entered for a grand prize drawing.
The River Frontier exhibit will be the focus for June 14 and showcase the heritage of South Texas and northeastern Mexico from prehistory through the Spanish Colonial era to the end of the Mexican War of Independence. Favorite activities such as atlatl throwing, the archaeological dig pit and rebozo wrapping will return this year. Learn how Spanish explorers struggled to survive in a new land and how they navigated the seas to come to the New World.
June 28, the River Highway exhibit will feature the history of South Texas and northeastern Mexico from the beginning of the Texas Revolution through the steamboat era on the Rio Grande through the United States Civil War and cattle kingdom to the end of the 19th century. The steamboat and wharf will be loaded with tradesmen, musicians and stocked with cotton to trade. Guests will learn about vaquero skills such as roping, cattle roundup and cattle branding.
Finally, the River Crossroads exhibit will be featured on July 12 when families will discover the great technological feats of the 20th century. Dress like a Mexican revolutionary, learn the impact of the railroad lines, and use a decoder to decipher secret military telegraphs. Be transported into the WWII era by learning to spot enemy planes, working on a recycled goods drive, and looking through a German U-boat periscope.
Admission to Summer Nights at the Museum is the regular admission price, passes and coupons excluded: Adults (ages 18+) $7; seniors (ages 62+) and students with ID (13+) $5; children ages 4 to 12, $4; children ages 3 and under are free. As a participating museum in the Blue Star Museums, starting Memorial Day, all active duty military personnel and up to five family members receive free admission to all three Summer Nights at the Museum.