Explore Brazoria County history at the Lake Jackson Historical Museum

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Building exterior | Photo courtesy of Lake Jackson Historical Museum

Unearth the history of Lake Jackson in a contemporary museum featuring guided tours and exhibits on the region at the Lake Jackson Historical Museum (LJHM).

Located approximately one hour from Downtown Houston in Brazoria County, LJHM chronicles the rich history of Lake Jackson with interactive exhibits and high-tech displays set in a 12,000-square foot museum building.

Currently, the exhibits focus on six major areas; the Karankawa Indians, the plantation era, the founding of modern Lake Jackson, life in Lake Jackson, the Windecker Eagle (the first composite aircraft), and the development of the area’s petrochemical industry.

Visitors can meet with the ghost of Major Abner Jackson, fly the Windecker Eagle airplane, learn why our streets are named “This Way” and “That Way” and more.

The Windecker Eagle Airplane | Photo courtesy of Lake Jackson Historical Museum

Alden B. Dow Office Museum

Open every first and third Saturday of each month from 1pm to 4pm, guests can check out the fully restored and recreated 1943 office that Alden B. Dow used to design the city of Lake Jackson’s buildings and winding streets.

One of the first buildings constructed in the city, it housed many of Lake Jackson’s firsts; including the post office, city hall, and barbershop, amongst others.
Featuring early printing techniques, the rationing system and more, the Office now houses the area’s 1943 history and gives the experience of life in a new town during World War II.

Lake Jackson Historical Museum

Alden B. Dow Office Building then and now
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