About the Heart of West Texas Museum

The Basics

The museum is located in Colorado City, Texas in the Heart of West Texas. We are open Tuesday through Friday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm, but special tours can be easily arranged by contacting the museum at (325) 728-8285 ahead of time to make arrangements.

The museum is free to the public! We are a non-profit organization and donations are gratefully accepted. You can also become a member of the museum for $5 for a student, $15 for an individual, $30 for a family, $100 to be a patron, and $1000+ to be a lifetime member.

Our History

The Colorado City Museum was started in 1959 by Harry Ratliff. He was concerned with preserving the buffalo tracks that were going to be lost when Lake Champion was built. The museum was first housed in the American Legion Hut on 3rd Street. Records show that, in 1989, the museum was located across from City Hall at 175 W. 3rd St. In 1991, the city of Colorado City accepted the former Kiker-Seale Funeral Home building and converted it to the Heart of West Texas Museum. The present museum, which had been Kiker-Seale, started its life as the home of local physician, Dr. P.C. Coleman, and was built in the 1920’s. The large and historic home is a perfect setting for a place in which to preserve the history of this area of Texas. Looking to the future, we can expect that the Heart of West Texas Museum will be here working to accomplish our mission of preserving the history of Colorado City, Mitchell County, and West Texas.

Our Personel

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