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Falls on the Colorado Museum reopens with 'Birds and Blooms' exhibit

The bluebonnets and the honeysuckle at The Falls on the Colorado Museum in Marble Falls survived the February freeze, said museum board chairperson Robyn Richter. The museum reopens with a 'Birds and Blooms' exhibit on Thursday, April 8, after being closed a year due to COVID-19. Photo courtesy of The Falls on the Colorado Museum

Just in time for spring visitors, The Falls on the Colorado Museum is reopening to the public Thursday, April 8, with a new exhibit. “Birds and Blooms” will feature photographs and information about birds and wildflowers found in Burnet County.

Housed in the Old Granite School building, The Falls on the Colorado Museum includes displays that track the extensive and fascinating history of the Texas Hill Country, including the bones of a 700-year-old bison lovingly named Rockie.

Other exhibits in the 130-year-old building include photos and artifacts from the convicts who mined Granite Mountain for the building materials used to build the state Capitol in Austin and a replica of the mill built by Mormons when the town was first settled. Visitors also will find displays on Native Americans, local veterans of World Wars I and II, and the farming and ranching life that first prevailed in the area, among others.

New and seasonal exhibits are rotated into the mix on a regular basis, so there’s always something new to see about old Marble Falls.

Whether visiting for the first time or dropping by to reacquaint yourself with community history, the museum’s opening weekend will provide a splash of color and information on opportunities to enjoy nature in the Hill Country.

The museum is reopening after having to close in the spring of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The facilities will follow COVID-19 guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Burnet County Health Authority. Visitors must wear face coverings inside the building and keep a physical distance of 6 feet.

The Falls on the Colorado Museum, 2001 Broadway in Marble Falls, is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated and help keep the facility open. Visit the website at fallsmuseum.org or call 830-798-2157 for more information.

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