Arts & Culture

From the New York City National Opera to the Brazos Valley Chorale; from the Aggie Players to the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Bryan-College Station offers nothing short of cultural excellence. Its art galleries, museums and historical sights present daily opportunities for cultural indulgences. Regional theater and musical groups provide frequent entertainment, while Texas A&M University and the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater attract national and international acts. An even greater number of theater productions, concerts and intellectual dialogues have been made available since the spring 1998 opening of the Texas A&M Reed Arena/Special Events Center and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum which opened in November of 1997.

Art Galleries

Benjamin Knox Art Center 
404 University Dr. E., College Station
979-696-5669
Benjamin Knox, known as the University Artist and the artist for unique places, specializes in creating unique fine art and gifts. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


Benz Gallery of Floral Art
Texas A&M University
979-845-1699
Going hand-in-hand with one of the largest horticulture departments in the
nation is the Texas A&M Benz Gallery of Floral Art. The Benz Collection features tools used to create floral arrangements, while general arts are explored in changing exhibits. The gallery is located in the Horticultural and Forest Sciences Building on Texas A&Ms West Campus. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
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The Texas Gallery
2501 Texas Ave. S., Suite 105-C,
College Station
979-696-2787
Sponsored by the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley, Local Color celebrates Texas artists with rotating feature exhibits and selections from across the state. Paintings and other artwork are sold at the store. The Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

MSC Forsyth Center Galleries
Texas A&M University

979-845-9251
The Forsyth Centers two galleries offer a vast array of notable artwork. The Forsyth Gallery, on the first floor of A&Ms Memorial Student Center, houses the Bill and Irma Runyon glass exhibit and various touring exhibits. The student-run Visual Arts Gallery on the second floor of the MSC also
features rotating exhibits. Both galleries are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Wayne Stark University Center Galleries
Texas A&M University
979-845-8501
Along with the permanent focus on Texas art and artists in the Universitys collections, the Wayne Stark Galleries feature 14 different native Texan exhibits each year. Displays include a wide variety of traveling exhibits as well as local artwork. The galleries are located on the first floor of the Memorial Student Center. Their hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Museums

Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History
Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Dr., Bryan
979-776-2195
Live animal exhibits, visiting displays and year-round childrens activities make the Brazos Valley museum a place for the entire family. Along with fossils and skeletal remains found in the Brazos Valley, the museum also displays a profound mural painted by local artist Emma Stark featuring Brazos Valley life more than 12,000 years ago. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The Childrens Museum of the Brazos Valley
111 East 27th Street, Bryan
979-779-KIDS
Opened in 1997, The Childrens Museum of the Brazos Valley provides fun, hands-on exhibits in a learning environment. Children can shop for groceries, paint a car, build, and act as doctors and puppeteers in addition to learning about ancient history and basic physics. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Sundays are for birthday parties by appointment only.

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station
979-691-4000
The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is a research institution and academic environment with more than 40 million pages of official and personal papers, 2 million photos, 2,500 hours of videotape and 100,000 museum objects. Covering much of U.S. history since 1941, the library and museum feature a World War II Avenger Torpedo Bomber, a 1947 Studebaker, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and precise replicas of President Bush's Oval Office and Camp David offices. The library also features traveling exhibits which lends to an ever-changing museum to visit. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information visit their website at bushlibrary.tamu.edu.
 
Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center
Texas A&M University
979-862-2862
Texas A&Ms Corps Center pays tribute to the past, present and future of the nations largest uniformed student organization outside of the service academies. Highlights include bronzes of seven Aggie Medal of Honor winners, the Metzger Sanders Gun Collection and the Corps Center Library. Group tours are available by appointment. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and changing weekend hours.
 
 
Theater and Performing Arts

Theatre Company of Bryan-College Station
Manor East Mall, Bryan
979-779-1302

Since 1987, magination Station has been dedicated to producing professional, quality plays in an intimate setting at an affordable price for the families of the Brazos Valley. This seasons performances include: Annie Warbucks, Cabaret, and Youre a Good Man Charlie Brown.

AggiePlayers
Texas A&M University

979-845-2621
The spring and fall semesters at Texas A&M include topnotch entertainment by the theater departments production company. With works ranging from dinner theater musicals to French farce, the Aggie Players offer something for everyone.

Brazos Valley Chorale
979-MyLyric

From concerts celebrating Christmas and Independence Day to a Pops Concert in the spring, the Brazos Valley Chorale presents the finest in community musical entertainment year round.

Providing a series of concerts beginning October 15 to the annual outdoor Pops Concert on May 5, the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra brings instrumental grace to our community.

Brazos Valley T.R.O.U.P.E.
979-846-4903 979-694-9252
One of the newest theater groups to hit the local stage, Brazos Valley T.R.O.U.P.E. is a community acting guild centered around light, family entertainment.

Freudian Slip
Texas A&M University

979-458-3597
Prepare for side-splitting entertainment as Texas A&Ms own student improvisational group gives humor a whole new meaning.

MSC OPAS
Texas A&M University

979-845-1661
Bringing outstanding professional national and international performances to
the Brazos Valley, MSC OPAS features a unique collaboration between the university and the community. Founded in 1972, OPAS has expanded its original Main Stage Series in Rudder Auditorium to include OPAS Jr., a family series in Rudder Theatre, as well as the Intimate Gatherings Series, also held in Rudder Theatre. The distinguishing feature of the Intimate Gatherings Series is the audience/artist discussion held immediately following each program. The OPAS Season begins in September every year and ends the following April. Current program information for all three series can be found at http://opas.tamu.edu.


Stage Center Community Theatres
201-B W 26th St, Downtown Bryan
979-823-4297
StageCenter is the oldest live community theatre in Bryan-College Station, performing since 1965.

Sights

Brazos County Arboretum - Bee Creek Park
1900 Anderson St., College Station
979-764-3773
This preserved wetland focuses on the wonders of nature still present in the Brazos Valley.

Bryan
Historical District
979-821-3409
Bryan's rich heritage is reflected in its historical buildings and the stories of those responsible for building a strong community. These include the revitalized downtown buildings and the nearby homes and schools east and west of Texas Avenue. Many are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and some have historical markers.

Carnegie Library
111 S. Main St., Bryan
979-209-5630

Reopened in 1999 as the Carnegie Center of Brazos Valley History, Bryan boasts the oldest existing Carnegie Library in Texas. The structure was built in 1903 with funds from the Carnegie foundation.


Messina
Hof Wine Cellars
4545 Old Reliance Rd., Bryan
979-778-9463
The fastest growing and most awarded winery in the state is open daily for wine tastings and tours of the vineyards, historic winery building and barrel room. Other highlights include a guest center, a bed and breakfast and an Italian restaurant.

Texas
A&M University
979-845-5851
Campus tours of one of the nations largest universities feature not only views of campus but an insight into the schools rich history and traditions.