The story of this Museum began in 1995, but the history we convey
covers the past 110 million years.
The Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country was incorporated in the state of Texas in November of 1995. It is a 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to the collection, conservation, preservation and display of materials associated with the natural and cultural history of the Texas Hill Country and the education of visitors using its collections.
In June of 1999, the Museum leased a 2.5 acre tract along FM 2673 which eventually became its permanent home. The immediate attraction of the location was a site of 275 dinosaur tracks, which were in need of conservation and protection from the elements. The formal opening was held in 2000, on March 2, Texas Independence Day, with flags raised and addresses by local and state dignitaries. February of 2003 saw the dedication of the original Museum property as the Burney Parker Heritage site to honor the father of John Parker, a benefactor of the Museum.
Operating Budget: Thanks to the dedication of volunteers and a small staff of paid personnel, the Museum is able to fund its operating budget with proceeds from membership dues, admission fees, honoraria from group presentations and a few major fundraising events (annual Dinosaur Day in April is just one!),
Projects and Improvements: The Museum is still dependent upon donations and grants for capital projects and improvements to the infrastructure.
The Museum has since expanded its property to over 25 acres giving it the flexibility to expand its attractions and facilities to include Heritage and Cretaceous Gardens, outdoor education facilities, and fossil exposures. A Track Pavilion, completed in December of 2008, was built to protect the larger part of the remaining tracks and to allow better display of the track site.
A long range planning effort is in progress to develop a site plan encompassing the entire site with the hopes that it will allow the Museum to secure funds to construct enhanced facilities such as a new display building, a classroom area, improved access and parking, and possibly a pioneer village containing various historic Hill Country buildings.