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Veterans Day special at the Frontier Times Museum


To say thank you and to honor all who serve and have served in the armed forces, admission to the Frontier Times Museum will be free for all active duty military and veterans on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. Opened in 1933, the museum is Bandera’s oldest museum. As visitors walk through the museum’s doors, they are transported back to the days when museums served as cabinets of curiosities, displaying wonderful and weird treasures. The collection is housed in a limestone building, the walls of which are filled with fossils, petrified wood, crystals and historic relics.
Museum founder and luminary, J. Marvin Hunter Sr., never said no to a gift to the museum’s collection. He felt that if the artifact was important to the donor, then it should be important to everyone. This resulted in the museum’s eclectic and eccentric collection that has amazed visitors for almost 85 years. Among the museum’s displays are the Stalls of Fame: Bandera’s Homegrown Rodeo Stars, featuring rodeo champions such as Toots Mansfield, Ray Wharton, and Clay Billings. The museum also has the Doane Western Art Gallery and the Texas Heroes Hall of Honor with displays on past inductees such as Kinky Friedman, Kelly Scott, and Callie duPerier Apffel. There is plenty for kids to see and do as well, with the museum’s scavenger hunt and an interactive play area, the Discovery Corral.
The Frontier Times Museum is located at 510 13th St., just a couple of blocks off of Bandera’s Main Street. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Regular admission to the museum is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $2 for children (children ages 5 and under are free).