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We invite you to visit The Bryan Museum’s virtual exhibit below and enjoy a unique selection of swimwear, sunglasses, beach bags, totes, hats, sandals, and other accessories through which vacationers and residents expressed their personal sense of style on our Gulf shore since the dawn of Galveston as a resort community in the 19th and 20th century. Click the buttons below to explore the different decades, more virtual exhibits within this exhibit will open in August and September.

This program is made possible with funding from Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the federal CARES Act.

Why is it called a Bathing Suit?

1880-1919

1920-1929

Galveston as a Beach Resort

1930-1939

1940-1949

1950 – 1959

1960 – 1969

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1970-1979

1980-1989

1990 – 1999

2000s