Recollect In New Braunfels

Museums & Tours

Though much has changed from 1845 to today, the core principles set forth by the founders—hard work, progress, civic pride, and family devotion—have remained a steadfast way of New Braunfels life. Book a guided tour of our “burg”, visit one of the many museums, or literally “step back” in time with our walking tour.

New Braunfels Museums & Tours:

Historic Outdoor Art Museum
New Braunfels Historic Outdoor art Museum was founded in 1996, to enhance New Braunfels’ historic district while teaching and celebrating local history and heritage through art for local and visitor alike. As 501 (c) (3) organization, our mission is to instill the belief that historic outdoor public art can “unite business and art to revitalize and generate economic diversification of the Historic Downtown District.”

McKenna Children’s Museum
Discover a world of arts and creativity, science and technology, culture, health and history. Welcome to the McKenna Children’s Museum a stimulating environment dedicated to promoting the overall well-being of children. Experience close encounters of every kind. See, touch, smell and taste in an atmosphere especially designed to build healthy young minds and wholesome bodies. Watch them live large. Learn lots. Laugh out loud. And let their imagination do the rest.

Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture
A tour of the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture will introduce the visitor to the artistic beauty of handcrafted Biedermeier furniture as constructed by German cabinetmakers who settled in New Braunfels and nearby communities.  Over seventy pieces of these primarily black walnut and pine pieces were crafted between 1845 and 1880, the simplicity of their design is timeless.  Costumed docents (delete the word “will) guide you on a tour that will include the main house, the Reininger log cabin, the Cabinet Shop, the Summer kitchen/smokehouse and the soon to be restored Breustedt kitchen.  Although most tours last approximately an hour, at your request a tour can customized to fit your schedule.

New Braunfels Arboretum
Thanks to the foresight and devotion of members of the Guada Coma Garden Club, Landa Park was designated as an arboretum in 1982. In 2007, the arboretum was named after William and Dolores Schumann, in honor of their endless devotion to this botanical jewel. The Delores and Bill Schumann Arboretum is home to over 80 species of trees making it one of the most diverse arboretums in Texas. This arboretum acts as a “living library” of trees, providing a classroom setting for the study of botany, arboriculture and other popular interest.

New Braunfels Conservation Society
On your next trip through the Texas Hill Country, stop by the New Braunfels Conservation Society and “step back in time.”See history come alive on our 3.5-acre Conservation Plaza.Every one of our 18 historic buildings tells a story of New Braunfels hospitality and heritage…Wake up to history in our quaint Bed & Breakfast, Lean against the bar of an old-fashioned saloon, Peek inside a garage holding a restored 1907 REO automobile, Tour the music studio where Stefan Haelbig gave lessons to generations of students, Sit in a desk in our 1870 one-room limestone schoolhouse, Get a shave and a haircut in the working barbershop, Compare five styles of fachwerk used in some of the oldest structures in New Braunfels. Plus you can see an original Sunday House, heirloom tools in the cabinet shop, and authentic two-seater outhouse! No matter when you drop in, we’ll give you a personalized tour! Or call ahead so we can set up a guided tour for you or your group–a journey through Central Texas history!

New Braunfels Fire Department Museum
Take a step back in time and hose yourself down with knowledge and history. The museum offers over 10 distinct exhibits, some dating back from the late 1800’s.

New Braunfels Ghost Tours
New Braunfels is a town rich in history with some spooky and colorful tales. Join us for a spine tingling, exciting and historic ghost walk through downtown New Braunfels. You will learn about ghosts, haunts and murderous pasts. See you soon on New Braunfels Ghost Tours. You won’t find these stories in the history books. Tours begin at 8:00 p.m. and meet at 7:45 p.m. in front of Naegelin’s Bakery (129 South Seguin Street).

New Braunfels Railroad Museum
The New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modelers Society (NBHRMS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of railroad artifacts and education. Our members have a diverse cross section of interests including railroad history, artifact collection, railfanning (Railfans are folks who love to observe trains in action), and model railroading in all scales. We have a variety of artifacts and photographs from the golden age of railroading on display. Many of them are directly related to past New Braunfels operations of the International & Great Northern, MOPAC, and MKT railroads. The museum is open to the public at NO CHARGE and all are welcome!

New Braunfels Walking Tour
Are you the Do-It-Yourself type? If so, we’ve got an award winning walking tour. Grab your smartphone, headphones and head out on the town!

Sophienburg Archives & Museum of History
In 1844 Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels and a group of emigrants set out from Germany to start a colony in the Republic of Texas. The Prince chose a site on the Comal River because of its abundant water, lush vegetation, and “a good omen.” On March 21, 1845, he and his band of pioneers founded New Braunfels, named for his hometown in Germany. Today, the Sophienburg help to keep New Braunfels history alive. With an extensive archive collection, chances are there’s something new to discover every day.

Spass Walking Tours
“Spass” in German means “fun.” Share a stroll in historic New Braunfels with friends and family hosted by Spass Walking Tours. Across the way, around the corner, in the next block – you venture into traditions both past and present. Spass Walking Tours is a fun way to see and experience the culture, history, and cuisine in New Braunfels.

Wurst City Run Tours
EXPLORE NEW BRAUNFELS, TEXAS IN A FUN & ACTIVE WAY! Wurst City Run Tour is a 5K running tour throughout downtown New Braunfels, Texas! 5K – 3.1 miles – 24 stops – 90 minutes – Fun Pace. We operate on most Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Regional Museums:

Dick’s Classic Garage
Dick’s Classic Garage is a part of the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History. Founded in 1980, the museum is dedicated to the preservation and display of the history of the automobile. Originally opened in Rosanky, the museum is now located in San Marcos, TX. We are a 501(c)3, non-profit organization whose goal is to provide an educational and entertaining experience for our guests. The mission of the museum is to develop an understanding of the history of the automobile and its relation to society. Dick’s Classic Garage will showcase vehicles and memorabilia from the 1900’s though the 1950’s. Considered the Golden Years of American automotive manufacturing, the Museum will take guests from the Great Depression through World War II and up to the rockin’ 1950’s. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 12 – 5 p.m.

Gorge Preservation Society
It took more than 100 Million Years to create this site! The Glen Rose limestone throughout Central Texas was laid down during the Cretaceous Era over millions of years. But within a few weeks following the Flood Event of 2002 the Power of Water carved a gorge into the landscape below the Canyon Lake Spillway.

Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country
A regional resource for fostering awareness of the unique natural and cultural history of the CanyonLake area, education through collection, preservation, interpretation and display. Open Daily from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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