In the mood for a little history?
Look no further than one of these nearby museums – hubs of history and culture that help make Denton distinctive. These museums honor the heroes of our city, open avenues for explorations and deep dives into our rich yesteryears and reveal how the creativity of Dentonites past and present. Take a stroll through the hallowed halls of Denton history with one of these establishments.
Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm, free admission, donations accepted)
Today, the courthouse serves as a reminder of Denton County’s history. It is home to the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum as well as John B. Denton’s grave. Lectures, exhibits, and community organized events are scheduled throughout the year keeping this local gem an active site for experiencing the past.
Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square: 110 W. Hickory, 940.349.2865, dentoncounty.com
Denton County Historical Park (open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., free admission, donations accepted)
This park is home to the Bayless-Selby House museum and the Quakertown House. Future plans for the park include the renovation of the Taylor Log Cabin and the Woods House, a second Quakertown house. Admission is free! The museums are handicapped accessible and provide guided tours upon request.
Denton County Historical Park: 317 W. Mulberry, 940.349.2865, dentoncounty.com
Denton Firefighters Museum (open weekdays 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., free admission)
The Denton Firefighters’ Museum takes visitors on a journey to honor brave firefighters both past and present. The museum hosts a collection of fascinating memorabilia from the 1800s to modern day, allowing visitors to step back in time and experience the evolution of firefighting over the last 150 years.
Located inside the lobby of the historic Central Fire Station, The Denton Firefighters’ Museum features intriguing, historic collectibles including a hose cart from the 1800s, equipment from a 1935 ladder truck, fire extinguishers, fire grenades, helmets, uniforms and Denton fire report logs dating back to the 1920s. The museum is also home to five, life-like mannequins displaying firefighter gear through the decades.
Denton Firefighters Museum: 332 E Hickory St, 940.349.8840, dentonfirefightermuseum.com
TWU Library Woman’s Collection (open Monday-Friday, tours available, call 940.898.3751)
Texas First Ladies Gown Collection (free admission)
Explore the history of Texas women by browsing this gorgeous gallery of Governors’ wives’ gowns — and try saying that ten times fast! Over 20 gowns are on display in an exhibit highlighting the beauty, elegance and artistry of these legendary Texas women.
TWU First Ladies Gown Collection: Administration Conference Tower, Second Floor, 304 Administration Dr, 940.898.3644
WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) collection (call for tour)
Between 1942 and 1944, more than 1,000 women became the first women to fly for the US Military as civilian pilots. See the archive of WASP memorabilia at TWU on your next visit to Denton.
WASP Collection: TWU Blagg-Huey Library, 304 Administration Dr, 940.898.3701