Museums and Educational

Swirling streams of color

Gregg County Historical Museum Front
  1. Gregg County Historical Museum

    214 N. Fredonia St., Longview, TX        
    903-753-5840      Website
  2. Long a fixture in the downtown Longview marketplace, the Gregg County Historical Museum resides within a historic bank building with a colorful past. Several permanent and new exhibits enthrall guests with the booms and busts of a town built by the railroad and put on the international map because of oil. With a heritage begun by Native Americans and expanded by settlers, the story of Longview is both rich in mysteries as well as blessed by the generosity of the human spirit.
LMFA gallery
  1. Longview Museum of Fine Art

    215 E. Tyler St., Longview, TX        
    903-753-8103      Website
  2. An artistic venture begun by the Junior League of Longview in 1958, the LMFA has grown into one of Texas’ jewel boxes for modern and regional art, with over 700 pieces in its permanent collection. Located in downtown Longview, the facility has also been home to nationally treasured traveling exhibits, and many special events. Art classes are available for adults and school age students at ArtWorks.
Library exterior with balloon
  1. Longview Public Library

    222 W. Cotton St., Longview, TX        
    903-237-1350      Website
  2. Located near downtown, the Longview Public Library houses more than 150,000 items for checkout,  plus computers, genealogy and research resources,  and free-wifi. The library hosts extensive regular programming and many special events throughout the year. 
WOW Legos
  1. Longview World of Wonders

    112 E. Tyler St.., Longview, TX        
    903-212-4969     Website
  2. Longview WOW is a creative, imaginative, and exploratory discovery center for children, designed to create a life-long love of learning. The educational environments offer hands-on discovery of Longview’s various career and technology fields through interactive play. Exhibits include Invention Garage, The Factory, The Market, Build-It, Build-It Jr., The House, and The Park, along with special events throughout the year.
Letourneau Museum interior
  1. R.G. LeTourneau Museum and Archives

    2100 S. Mobberly Ave., Longview, TX        
    903-233-3260     Website
  2. Honoring the life of one of Americas greatest inventors, educator, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists the museum and archives contain personal memorabilia of R.G. LeTourneau and scale models of many of his inventions. R.G. LeTourneau with his wife Evelyn co-foundered LeTourneau University. The museum is on the university's campus and it reveals the life of one of the most influential Christians of the 20th Century.
People look at names on the Veteran's Plaza wall, Longview, TX
  1. Veterans Plaza

    1234 E. Park Lane., Longview, TX        
    903-985-9365     Website
  2. The veterans plaza features unique, individual monuments honoring all veterans, all conflicts and all generations. The plaza is distinguished by a majestic 760 square foot United States Flag flying high above a hilltop. The hillside below is home to more than twenty monuments and engravings.
East Texas Oil Museum exterior
  1. East Texas Oil Museum

    1301 S. Henderson Blvd., Kilgore, TX        
    903-983-8295      Website
  2. 15 minutes from Longview, this fascinating museum houses the authentic recreation of oil discovery and production in the early 1930s from the largest oil field inside U.S. boundaries. Journey back to the early days to see just how people lived. 
Kilgore's Rangerette Museum interior
  1. Rangerette Showcase and Museum

    1100 Broadway Blvd., Kilgore, TX        
    903-983-8265     Website
  2. The Rangerettes are the world's best-known collegiate drill team, traveling from coast-to-coast and border-to-border in the United States and on several world tours. See where it all started, just 15 minutes from Longview.
ESPN truck at the Texas Broadcast Museum in Kilgore, Texas
  1. Texas Museum of Broadcasting & Communications

    416 E. Main St., Kilgore, TX        
    903-985-8115     Website
  2. This museum offers an eclectic mix of vintage broadcast memorabilia and equipment, which is sure to delight the young and old alike. Step into the yesteryears of the broacasting world, only 15 minutes from Longview.
Gladwater Museum exterior in the sun
  1. Gladewater Museum

    116 W. Pacific Ave., Gladewater, TX        
    903-845-7608      Website
  2. Only 20 minutes from Longview, this Gladewater museum features a fun collection of photos and interesting articles from the East Texas stay of Elvis Presley, including his rise to fame. 
Harrison County Courthouse
  1. Harrison County Historical Museum

    1 Peter Whetstone Square, Marshall, TX        
    903-702-7777      Website
  2. 30 minutes from Longview, this exhibit is rich with artifacts and stories and offers interesting ways for visitors to enter into the county’s history and see themselves as part of a continuum. 
Memorial City Hall
  1. Memorial City Hall Galleries

    110 E. Houston., Marshall, TX        
    903-935-8437 ext 1     Website
  2. This state of the art museum is a short 30 minute drive and includes the Steve & Penny Carlile Gallery exhibit, Service & Sacrifice Harrison County at War, and the Patricia A. Vaughan/The Jonesville Foundation Mezzanine Gallery with traveling and rotating exhibits. 
Paintings at Michelson Museum of Art
  1. Michelson Museum of Art

    216 N. Bolivar St., Marshall, TX 75670
    903-935-9480   Website
  2. The Michelson Museum of Art is a museum just 25 miles from Longview and was founded to house the works of the Latvian-American artist Leo Michelson. The museum houses a permanent collection of works; including over a thousand paintings, drawings, and prints by Michelson as well as many other artists.
New London School memorial
  1. New London Museum

    10690 Main St., Overton, TX        
    903-895-4602     Website
  2. Just 30 minutes from Longview in New London, the London Museum recalls the story of the tragic explosion that destroyed the London School on March 18, 1937.