Downtown Tyler museums holiday open house

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 3:56pm

Holiday decorations, reenactors in period clothing, carolers, miniature trains, special exhibits and more will be offered to the public on Thursday, Dec. 13 as the Downtown Tyler Museum Alliance holds their annual Holiday Open House from 4 to 8 p.m.

During that time, the 1859 Goodman-LeGrand Museum, Cotton Belt Depot, Gallery Main Street, Smith County Historical Society and the McClendon House will open their doors to the public for free in celebration of the Christmas season. Each museum will feature its own special holiday theme, exhibits, entertainment and activities during this one-night event.

The Goodman-LeGrand Museum, 624 N. Broadway, will be decked out in period décor and filled with reenactors in period attire celebrating “A Victorian Christmas”. Carolers will sing traditional Christmas songs. Musicians and lovely Christmas Belles will add to the ambiance. Vintage-type refreshments will be provided and horse-drawn carriage rides available for a small fee.

The Cotton Belt Depot, 210 E. Oakwood, will have its traditional display of antique and miniature rail exhibits decorated for the holidays. Learn about the history of the railroad during this special time of year.

Gallery Main Street, 110 W. Erwin, will celebrate the opening of its Fine Arts Jury Exhibition. Visitors will be able to browse a special showcase of works created by Gallery Main Street’s Fine Arts jurors, who are responsible for the selection of the other artworks exhibited in the gallery throughout the year.

The Smith County Historical Society, 125 S. College, will have exhibits spanning more than 200 years of Smith County history, and will be beautifully decorated for the holidays. Hear an old Victrola while you enjoy complimentary refreshments.

The McClendon House, 806 W. Houston, will provide a glimpse into Christmases past dating from 1878 to the 1980s. The event will include tours of the home (with docents providing information), costumed carolers, musicians, reenactors and special exhibits.

“This museums event is always extremely popular,” said Beverly Abell, manager of the City of Tyler’s Main Street Department. “One of Downtown Tyler’s best-kept secrets is the marvelous array of museums we have, and this event is one way we can share these treasures with the public.”

Those who want more information should call the Tyler Main Street office at (903) 593-6905 or email


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