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Gaze at the artistry of Japanese kimonos, porcelains, and even a rickshaw! Admire the beauty of artifacts from all across Asia. Visit the Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Education Center to take a trip through Asia you will always remember!
The Museum offers many educational classes for students and the general public each year, along with visiting exhibits from around the world. We offer hands-on learning for Origami, Calligraphy, and many more.
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Our museum was founded by Billie Chandler back in 1974; however, the story begins roughly 20 years before, with Ms. Chandler’s first trips to East Asia. Ms. Chandler went to both the Philippines and Japan (with visits to other places and nations) while working on the American military bases post World War 2. Her role there was to teach Western history to the children living there with service members stationed abroad.
For all intents and purposes, this was her “day job” while she laid the groundwork for the first and only fully dedicated Asian Cultures Museum in the State of Texas.
In fact, our facility is still one of only 6 such museums in the entire United States.
Billie Chandler spent her free time exploring, researching, and immersing herself in the arts, history and cultures of Asia. This was primarily Japan, as that was where she spent the most time, but her travels took her all over globe at various points.
During this time she commissioned an enormous number of paintings, mostly of historical scenes and figures. Ms. Chandler used them as visual aides to help teach classes both in the her classrooms and in the Museum. She also commissioned a record-setting number of Hakata Dolls, many of which went into our collection and became our Hakata Hall. Our exhibit appears to be the largest of its kind in the world, and is based largely off her work.