The mission of The Bryan Museum is to bring the history of Texas and the American West to life. Through its world-class collections, exhibitions, and educational history and literacy programs, students of all ages get a chance to experience the stories of yesterday and write the stories of tomorrow.
The Bryan Museum arose from humble beginnings. At age ten, J.P. Bryan acquired his first two pieces, a Moore’s Patent Front Loading Revolver and a Sharps Patent Four-Barrel Derringer. Both firearms still reside in the collection today.
While attending the University of Texas, Bryan started a rare book and printing business with a friend. It was during this period that he began focusing his collecting on Texana. He started with rare books, in which he had a keen interest. Bryan’s uncle, Judge Lewis Wilson of Brazoria County, willed his impressive collection of Texas literature to Bryan, providing him with a strong foundation.
From there, the collection expanded both rapidly and eclectically. With a focus on artists who lived during the West’s Golden Age or when “the dust was still settling,” the museum’s art collection presents a unique opportunity for visitors to personally experience that period of history.
In October 2013, J.P. and Mary Jon Bryan purchased the old Galveston Orphans Home in Galveston, Texas. After a careful restoration of the historic structure, The Bryan Museum opened in June 2015. With 20,000 square feet of exhibit space and lush, manicured grounds, it has become a Texas destination.
Museum Board of Directors
J. P. Bryan
Melissa Williams Murphy (non-voting member)
Joe and Rebecca Jaworski, President
Blake and Lindsay McCrory, Secretary
John and Andrea Bryan
Susan Noe and Mike Wilson
Honorable Ken and Sara Wise
Honorable Geoff Connor
Dancie and Jim Ware
Honorable Peter and Diane Taaffe
John and Susan Schouest
David and Tiffany Montgomery
Armin and Gail Cantini
Rob and Katlyn Clark
Craig and Angela Brown
Ed McMahon and Hershey Grace
Hanson and Rome Street
Steve and Carmen Mataro
Honorable Jeff and Susannah Brown