The Williamson Museum might not be the first place you notice on the square, but it’s one of the most fascinating! The building sits unassumingly on Austin Avenue with a small, yet elegant facade. In fact, it occupies space formerly created and used by a bank. The charm of that bank is maintained, and creates part of the static display of the museum.
It may seem quite an old establishment, but only the building is old. The Williamson Museum is a newer endeavor to keep our county history alive. Created in 1997, and once encompassing a Round Rock location, they have worked tirelessly to continue to promote our culture and heritage through hands on experiences, compelling displays, and even beloved local events like Pioneer Days, Ghost Tours, and many seasonal events. They also host the Cattleman’s Ball, a Photography Festival , and an upcoming living history event!
Are you brave enough to take the Ghost Tour?
You might feel a step back into history just by wandering into this stately facility. A lot of the original architecture has been preserved, including the stunning penny tile floor, ornate ceilings, and the step up to the old teller booths. And it would not be a complete visit without taking a moment to peek into the old vault!
The exhibits change, of course, and the guides are very happy to answer any questions, and share extra bits of history with you. Law and Order in Williamson County is one of the current exhibits, and it is quite powerful…as well as a little amusing.
I was delighted to have some curious questions be satisfied with a deeply enriching conversation. They really do bring it to life! If history class had been anything like this, we might all be avid historians!
The Williamson Museum is located at 716 S. Austin Ave. Check the website for their hours, and be sure to call ahead to schedule a tour (per their Covid precautions).