Learn about ancient Japanese customs, gaze at the artistry of Japanese kimonos, porcelains and even a rickshaw! Admire the beauty of artifacts from India, Sri Lanka, Japan, Hmong, Thailand, the Philippines, Korea, Taiwan, Laos and Myanmar. The treasures, stories and richness of each country’s people await you. Visit the Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Education Center to take a trip through Asia you will always remember!
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year! Regardless of when you visit the Museum, the festive atmosphere of this “most” important Chinese holiday will surround you. Beautiful Chinese artifacts and a collection of intricately-carved jade pieces (a symbol of nobility, perfection, consistency and immortality in Chinese culture) are sure to be among the high points of your visit!
The Museum offers many educational classes for students and the general public each year, along with visiting exhibits from around the world on a regular basis. Past exhibits have included the oil paintings of artist Hsiao-Hsia Tsai, the Contemporary Japanese Crafts exhibit on loan from the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and the Consulate General of Japan, the National Taiwanese Treasure Box exhibit and many others.
The Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Education Center was founded by Mrs. Billie Trimble Chandler in the 1960’s. A native Corpus Christian, Mrs. Chandler spent many years as a teacher in Asia collecting cultural artifacts and art from several countries. Today, Ms. Chandler’s collection, along with other wonderful Asian antiquities and exhibits, has built a “bridge” connecting Texas to Asia.
Over the past thirty years, the Museum has had many homes in South Texas, culminating in its present facility designed by renowned architects, Elizabeth Chu Richter and David R. Richter.