Summer Movies on The Lawn
Grab a Blanket and Watch a Movie Under the Stars!
Summer Movies on The Lawn are free to visitors. Please make sure to arrive early as we have a set limit of the number of guests we can accommodate on our lawn. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and/or blankets. Concessions and drinks will be available for purchase. No outside alcoholic beverages will be allowed. Alcoholic beverages will be available onsite for purchase.
Museum Movie Tour at 6:00 PM followed by film starting at 7:15 PM
Ruby Bridges – Thursday, June 17, Historical Film | 1h 36 min. (1998) PG
Ruby Bridges – PG Rated
We chose this powerful film for the Thursday before Juneteenth to recognize the heroic role that Ruby Bridges played in school integration in the southern United States. The Bryan Museum will contribute to the island’s Juneteenth celebration by hosting the winners of the Art of Equality: Art and Literacy Contest on Sunday, June 20th. The exhibit will feature the work of the talented middle, high school and college student winners of the spoken word poetry and art contest. This contest is in tandem with Reginald C. Adam’s new Absolute Equality mural now on display at 22nd St. and The Strand.
*Warning this movie contains racial slurs and scenes of verbal bullying that may be disturbing to small children*
National Treasure – Thursday, July 1, Action-Adventure | 2h 11 min. (2004) PG
National Treasure – PG Rated
This fun adventure film’s educational through-lines include highlighting the importance of primary sources and the way they allow the reader to be transported to a different time. The Bryan Museum is fortunate to have many original documents that hold strong historical significance including Moses Austin’s colony admission certificate to settle in Texas and a letter from Santa Anna to his commanders after the Battle of San Jacinto directing his soldiers to leave Texas immediately. Visitors will be encouraged to look at the primary sources in The Bryan Museum collection and think about what life was like in Texas from pre-colonization through the early 1900s.
*Warning this movie contains mild violence and profanity*
Big Bend: The Wild Frontier of Texas – Thursday, July 15, Documentary | 50 min. (2021)
Big Bend: The Wild Frontier of Texas
Explore the rich landscape and wildlife of West Texas through PBS’s new nature documentary on Big Bend National Park. This documentary is the culmination of over a year of near-constant filming of the scenery and wildlife in Big Bend National Park. The Bryan Museum collection includes landscape paintings from Texas masters such as Otis Dozier and Frank Reaugh. These landscapes will provide a medium for comparison to the Big Bend documentary and to the lived experiences of visitors. Now and throughout the history of the American West, the land plays a key role in the survival of its inhabitants..
High Noon – Thursday, July 29, Western | 1h 25min. (1952)
High Noon – PG
This iconic, Oscar-winning western is full of suspense and intrigue as the actors and the audience wait in real time for the noon train to arrive and a gun fight to ensue. High Noon features elements of cowboy culture through the saddles, chaps, guns, cowboy hats and sombreros. The film is set in a time when transportation was limited to horses or trains and focused on the arrival of a train that may change the future of the entire town. High Noon will challenge the viewer to think about the role of the Texas lawman as an individual rather than a stereotype. The viewer can decide for themselves about how they feel about the hero’s final action.