Welcome to our guide to Abilene, Texas tourist attractions. Abilene.org
will be giving you detailed information on places to visit in the city,
and also general tourist information for the many thousands of visitors
that travel to Abilene each year, to help you plan your trip.
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress Street Abilene, TX 79601
Located on the corner of North First and Cypress Streets in the
heart of beautifully restored downtown Abilene and across the street
from the restored Texas and Pacific Railroad Depot, The Grace Museum
is actually three museums in one. There is The Art Museum, The History
Museum and The Children's Museum - all housed in an elegant, missions-revival
style building, which was originally built in 1909 as the Hotel
Grace to serve weary railroad passengers on the line between Fort
Worth and El Paso. After falling into decline and finally closing
in the 1970's, the building, listed on the National Historic Register,
was eventually restored to its former grandeur. With its extensive
permanent collections and special exhibits and events, The Grace
Museum is a major cultural and artistic center for Abilene and the
West Texas region. The museum is fully wheelchair accessible, with
an elevator for access to all floors. Plenty of free parking is
Contact The Grace Museum
The Center for Contemporary Arts
220 Cypress Street Abilene, TX 79601
The Center for Contemporary Arts was founded in 1989, when a former
department store in the heart of downtown Abilene was converted
into three beautiful galleries, classrooms and artists' studios.
The Center currently boasts more than 70 regional artist members
and rents ten studios. Four galleries, one devoted to photography,
present 24-28 admission-free exhibits of regional art and international
photography to more than 26,000 individuals each year. As well as
exhibitions, the Center also has a monthly 'ArtWalk' program, celebrating
visual and performing arts in the downtown district and an 'ArtReach'
program, providing free art classes for the special needs community,
with trained artist members and art instructors.
Contact The Center for Contemporary Arts
12th Armored Division Memorial Museum
1289 North Second St. Abilene, Texas
The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum serves as a teaching museum
for the study of World War II and its impact on the American people.
The exhibits on display include vehicles, equipment, uniforms, memorabilia
and World War 2 archives related to the 12th Armored Division, which
was formed in 1942 before taking part in the liberation of Europe.
The division sailed for England in 1944 and saw fierce combat in
its march across Europe, where they were dubbed "The Mystery
Division", before eventually helping to liberate the Nazi death
camps. The museum is preserving the history of the 12th Armored
Division for use by future generations, veterans and their families.
Contact the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum
Toll Free: 1-800-537-1418