The Brenham Heritage Museum is asking the public for old photos to use for future exhibits that illustrate the history of Brenham and Washington County.

The museum will hold two public photo scanning sessions during which people can bring their old photos.  The first two sessions are scheduled for Saturday, August 21st and Saturday, September 25th from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bus Depot Gallery at 313 East Alamo Street.

A non-exclusive photo release must be signed to share the photos with the museum, and the rights to the images must be owned by the family bringing them.  The museum says high-quality family snapshots are well suited.

The goal of museum staff is to make high-resolution scans of the photographs while people wait, but if there are more than 20 images, or if turnout is especially heavy, then the owners of the photos can either leave the images for scanning and later pickup or they can make an appointment for a weekday in the future.  Two scanning stations will operate on the first two designated days.

Those who have a particularly large number of photos to share are asked to contact the museum to schedule a private scanning session.  If anyone prefers to donate the original old photos with local subject matter, the museum will discuss adding them to the collection.

The scanning campaign was set to kick off in early 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived.

To learn more, to donate or to contribute to the museum’s capital campaign, visit

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  1. Will the museum ever open again? I recall at one time they had a notice on the door saying it was temporarily closed due to flooding. (Thinking this was Harvey) However it’s been years now! What’s the hold up?

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