On this page you will find all of the information you need for a pleasant visit to the Costumes of the Americas Museum, a museum that houses one of the largest collections of authentic North, Central and South American indigenous clothing and accessories in the world. Costumes from some of the Caribbean countries are also included in this collection.
The Costumes of the Americas Museum is located in the Mitte Cultural Education Center near downtown Brownsville, Texas.
Costumes of the Americas Museum
#5 Dean Porter Park
501 Ringgold Street
Brownsville, Texas 78520
Costumes of the Americas Museum
P.O. Box 3790
Brownsville, Texas 78523
Sunday - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday - Closed during the school year
Monday - 12 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Spring Break & Summer Hours
Tuesday through Saturday - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$2.00 per person
Children 10 and under are free.
Coming South on U.S. 77/83, take the 6th Street exit. Veer to the right, traveling along 6th Street towards the Gladys Porter Zoo. Turn right onto Ringgold Street and make a 2nd right turn on Dean Porter Drive. Enter the second gated entrance to the left from Dean Porter Drive. Follow the park road until it dead ends at the resaca. Turn left and follow the park road to the Mitte Cultural Education Center which houses both the Costumes of the Americas Museum and the Children's Museum of Brownsville. The entrance to the Costumes of the Americas Museum faces the Dean Porter Park Plaza Fountain.
The Costumes of the Americas Museum retains a traveling collection in order to stage costume revues (for a fee) for local academic functions as well as for private viewings to organizations or other interested parties. Contact the Museum for details.
Private tours (in English and Spanish) that feature a guided overview of the Museum's current exhibit are available upon request. Please contact the Museum for details and reservations.
For more information, contact us at:
Costumes of the Americas Museum and Pan American Round Table 1 proudly commended Charro Days, Inc. for its seventy-five year promotion of respect and esteem for the magnificent traditional costumes of Mexico and the culture they represent. To help commemorate this history, the "Regional Costumes of Mexico" was produced. This 59 page book has over 65 full-color photographs of everyday, fiesta, and gala costumes representing the 31 states in Mexico along with the Distrito Federal. The price for this book is $10.00. You can purchase it at the Museum or by contacting us by email, mail, or by telephone.
We hope you will come and visit
The Costumes of the Americas Museum!
Welcome to the Costumes of the Americas Museum Website!
The Charros stand for the finest male element in México with their horseman-ship, rope work and code of honor. At the Fiesta of San Pasqual in Guadalajara, Jalisco you can see many exciting Charro events at Jaripeos (Mexican rodeos). Charro suits are adapted from the style of Spanish Colonial riders and are trimmed in Soutache Braid, or on more formal versions, with silver of gold emblems called botonaduras.
The China Poblana is an integral part of all fiestas and festivals in México. This beautiful costume epito-mizes the Mexican woman by representing her joyous love of color and exquisite skills at hand work. The finest China Poblana blouses are intricately bead-ed with flowers and figures. The heavily sequined skirts, in the colors of the Mexican flag, feature the national emblem of the eagle on the front and the Aztec calendar on the back.
The women from the village of Acaxochitlan in the state of Hidalgo have an exceptional costume. The quechquemitl (cape) and skirt are completely covered with geometric deigns and embroidered in brightly colored wool which includes the design of the toto flower. This flower pattern was sacred because the flower's appearance in a corn field foretold a bumper crop. Two quechquemitls are usually worn: one over her blouse, and the other is folded and placed on her head.