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History of Museum of East Texas

In 1972 seven women had a dream—a dream to transform the burned out shell of the former St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church into an arts and historical center for the children and families of East Texas. Since its inception in 1976, the Museum of East Texas has grown to become a dynamic cultural center. Originally housed in a historic 1906 church, the Museum maintains an extensive collection of paintings and sculptures produced by East Texas artists as well as American, Latin American and European masters.

The Museum offers a variety of public programs throughout the year and its commitment to visual arts education and cultural enrichment is the driving force behind all of its programs. Exhibitions, lectures, workshops, children’s events and fundraisers cover a wide range of interests and topics and are sure to appeal to everyone.

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Museum Policies


The Museum of East Texas staff is not permitted to provide evaluations or appraisals of artwork, or to answer requests for opinions on privately owned works of art.



Photography is permitted in the galleries, unless otherwise noted. Photography is not permitted in special exhibitions or areas designated as "No Photography." Works of art on loan from private collections or other institutions may not be photographed.  

The Museum reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises or to reproduce photographs of objects in its collection.

Sketching with pencil, felt tip, ballpoint, crayon, pastel, and charcoal is permitted in all galleries of the Museum. Inquire at the Information Desk regarding current special exhibitions in which sketching is not permitted. The use of ink, fountain pen, and watercolor is prohibited. While sketching, please do not hinder the normal traffic flow in the galleries. To copy works in the Museum’s collection with acrylic or oil paint, you must receive permission from the Executive Director.



The Museum of East Texas is a nonprofit organization. Information on this web site is presented purely for educational and informational purposes. MET strives to maintain accurate information on this web site. However, we reserve the right to change information without notice and are not responsible for costs or grievances incurred as the result of such changes.

The contents of this site, including all images, text, video, and audio, are for personal, educational, and non-commercial use only. The contents of this site may not be reproduced in any form without permission from the Museum of East Texas. Any form of image reproduction, transmission, performance, display, rental, lending, or storage in any retrieval system is prohibited without the written consent of the artists and other copyright holders. Your use of this website is subject to the provisions of this policy, as well as the terms and conditions set forth in the Copyright Policy.

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Facility Rental
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Facility Rentals

Our facility (excluding the galleries) is available for rental and is the perfect location for your wedding, reception, corporate meeting, party, or any other special event in your life. With a full kitchen available for catering and a beautiful setting, why don’t you plan your next big event at the Museum of East Texas? For information, available dates and rates, please call 936.639.4434

Facility Rentals are back! Call Sherry at 936.639.4434 for rates and availability of our chapel, loggia, and courtyard spaces.

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