This exhibit, researched and designed in-house by Dr. Rebecca Ingram, focuses on the history and use of horse-drawn vehicles in the United States. From the Conestoga freight wagon to the piano-box buggy, the exhibit explores the wagons and carriages that helped shape American history. The core of the exhibit is the Knott Memorial Wagon Collection, a group of miniature horse-drawn vehicles. Created at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, this fascinating collection of models made its way to Texas A&M University in the 1970s and was recently gifted to the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History.
Alongside the Knott miniatures, early photos of the Brazos Valley, and a variety of other artifacts, the exhibit features three full-size, original vehicles. These include a funeral coach dating to 1860, on loan from the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, and a turn-of-the-century phaeton (a type of open carriage), used in the 2010 film True Grit, on loan from the Buggy Barn Museum in Blanco, Texas.
The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History is committed to promoting science and cultural and natural history with the integration of art in exhibits and educational programs. This exhibit was made possible in part through hotel tax revenue funded from the City of College Station & the City of Bryan through the Arts Council of Brazos Valley.
The museum is open to visitors Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-5pm. For more information about this adult program, exhibits and other displays, events, programs, and activities, contact the Museum at (979) 776-2195, visit them on the web at www.brazosvalleymuseum.org, or follow them on Facebook. Regular museum admission fees: adults $5; seniors/students/children $4; members and children three and under are free.