Whitney Area Museum, Whitney, TX

Whitney Area Museum

303 North Brazos Street, Whitney


Usually open 10 am – 4 pm on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from March through December. Admission free. Donations accepted.

Jailhouse Door




Located in the old post office building, Whitney Area Museum is a small treasure trove of memorabilia related to the town and to Lake Whitney.

The museum was established in 1990 by Fred and Jennye Basham, who were active community members.  At one time, they owned the Carver Homestead, and Fred was mayor during "The Battle of the Benches."  The Life Magazine issue that featured the famous "battle" is on display in the museum.

Doll Collection


Other exhibits you can find include

  • Whitney Jail House Door
  • Brazos River ferries
  • LBJ Dinner at Whitney
  • Dolls
  • Construction of Lake Whitney Dam
  • The Old Mill at Towash
  • Linotype
  • Fort Graham
  • Katy Bridge
  • The Battle of the Benches
  • Whitney Messenger Linotype
  • Antique Sewing Machines
  • Military memorabilia
  • High School Girl’s Basketball League of Texas
  • Pioneer Day Parades
  • Future Farmers of America
  • Lake Whitney Pageant
  • Local church, school and family history

On the south side of the building, there used to be a mural painted in 2001 by local artist Ray Istre featuring items of prominence in local history such as early settlers, fishing, boating, the military, and the dam.


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