- 102 Cypress Street
- Abilene, Texas
Hours & Fees
Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday, 5 - 8 p.m.
Adults: $6, Seniors (65+), Military Personnel (with ID), and Students (with ID): $3
Museum members, Active Duty Military, and Children under 3: Free
The Museum is open to the public for Free each Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Grace Museum maintains a unique position among West Texas attractions; it houses five art galleries displaying temporary exhibitions and works from its permanent art collection; a children's museum; and a history gallery with rotating exhibitions, a recreated boot shop and period rooms. Housed in a historically significant 102 year-old building, The Grace is recognized as an asset for its cultural heritage as well as its educational opportunities. Accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM), The Grace conforms to the highest operational and professional standards.
The historic building that currently houses The Grace Museum was built in 1909 as the Grace Hotel, a large full service hotel and the finest located on the railroad line between Fort Worth and El Paso. The hotel was renamed The Drake in 1946 and flourished until the 1960s as downtown Abilene declined, and as passenger train travel greatly diminished. The hotel closed permanently in 1973. By the 1980s the building was in ruin; however, a group of ambitious and creative civic leaders envisioned the building as a downtown museum. Historic restoration architect Rick Weatherl researched and brought back the look of the building in 1935 and planned a state-of-the- art museum facility out of the ruins of the old hotel. The new museum called the Grace Cultural Center opened to the public on February 15, 1992.