Discover the Stories
Step into the past through our interactive and hands on exhibits that tell the story of Williamson County. Exhibits are updated on a regular basis, with new major exhibits annually. Monthly exhibits showcase local artists. Traveling exhibits are also available for rental, as are traveling trunks for classrooms and groups. Click here to learn more about our Traveling Trunks.
22 Sep, 18Upcoming
Places of worship serve spiritual and community needs. As a variety of groups immigrate to Williamson County, both past and present, one of the first things they establish is that place of worship. These establishments provide a familiar setting while people build connections with their new surroundings and community. Williamson County has long been a place of faith.22 Sep, 18Upcoming
Plein Air Round Rock was founded in July of 2016 by local plein air artist, Amie Gonser, who wanted to connect with other artists who shared her own love for painting outdoors. The group presently has 150+ members and about fifteen members who actively participate in monthly paint outs. Once a month, the group meets at locations in and around Williamson county to paint the beauty of our Texas landscape and architecture. Plein air painting offers many challenges. Artists must deal with changing light and shadow, unpredictable weather, insects and other animals, as well as curious onlookers. These are just some of the things that make plein air painting so exciting. Each outing is a new and fresh adventure, resulting in paintings which capture the story of a specific time and place.22 Sep, 18Upcoming
The war to end all wars sent shock-waves through the country causing lasting societal upheavals, many of which are reflected in Williamson County. Experience the stories of local war heroes, suffragettes, and crusaders for justice in this exhibit that explores WWI and its immediate aftermath in the early 1920s.
Current and Past Exhibits
Calling all Cowboys! Come on down to Willie the Longhorn's Kids Corral and enjoy some good old fashioned cowboy fun. We've got a chuckbox set up just like it would have been on the famous Chisholm Trail.
Historical photographs can say a thousand words, but a mural tells a whole story. With this project, the Museum captures the spirit, nostalgia and beauty of the 1930s and 1940s public art style with seven stunning history-themed murals.
Through the lens of Czech-Texan Jno. P. Trlica, early twentieth century Granger comes to life. “Where There Is Beauty, We Take It. Where There Is None, We Make It. We Take Anything.” True to his slogan, Trlica documented every aspect of life, from intimate moments to human events and natural disasters.
In 1848, 6 men met under a large oak to form Williamson County. Meet the early residents of the area including pioneers and Native Americans as you explore how Williamson County came into existence.
Sunday, December 7, 1941, changed the world with the attack on Pearl Harbor, launching the U.S. into the Second World War. Learn about the sacrifices and service of Williamson County citizens during WWII.
Taylor at the Turn of the Century presents rarely seen photographs from the Taylor Public Library Collection. Explore life in the early 20th century railroad boom-town of Taylor.
Why did the first Swedish immigrants come to Texas? What did they experience when they arrived? What hardships did they face? How did they adapt to the harsh Texas climate? Discover the answers to these questions and more with this traveling exhibit.
See the communities, people and places across Williamson County, with photographs and information from places like Liberty Hill, Jarrell, Taylor and Cedar Park.
Hard times, racial unrest and nostalgia offered the 1920s KKK a foothold in Texas. As Klan violence grew, Texans got scared. But, as that fear turned to anger, serious opposition to the KKK increased. In 1923, members of local Klaverns kidnapped a man, beat and tarred him, then left him chained to a tree in Taylor-- Dan Moody took action.
The Williamson Museum invited members of the county’s Hispanic-American community to donate family photographs documenting life in Williamson County throughout the last century.