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Permanent Exhibitions

The museum’s study of regional home and family life is presented in three galleries. Each is centered by a hearth and the traditional feature around which home life revolves. Shelter, food-ways, clothing, art and craft, transportation, and leisure are topics discussed in demonstrated exhibits in the form of artifacts, graphics, and text.


The First Peoples Gallery

The First Peoples Gallery displays 300 Years of Native American life in our region. Many of the objects in this gallery are part of the original W.J. Layland collection.

The Settler’s Gallery

The Settler’s Gallery interprets the 1840-1900 frontier period in Texas.  Visitors will learn about the process of setting up a homestead and life of a frontier farm.

The 20th Century Gallery

The 20th Century Gallery gives a look into the transition into urban life in Cleburne.  It delves into many aspects of life in the 1900s including home furnishings, transportation and the effect of global events on local residents.


Temporary Exhibition:

August 1, 2017 through February 3, 2018 – World War I in Johnson County

The museum offers several featured exhibits each year.  These temporary exhibits last between 1-3 months and highlight an aspect of life in this region. Short-term loans from other institutions or private collectors and objects from the museum’s permanent collection make up these exhibits.