Special Exhibits

The Life and Times of Charles Goodnight

Eyes of Texas
A Promise Made, Lee Cable

Innovator, entrepreneur, conservationist: Charles Goodnight left his mark on the West. With his partner, Oliver Loving, he pioneered the Goodnight-Loving cattle trail. He invented one of the earliest food-trucks, the chuckwagon, and the survival of the American Bison also owes much to his and Molly Goodnight’s conservation efforts in the Texas Panhandle.

Charles GoodNight
Charles Goodnight

The Life and Times of Charles Goodnight looks at the story of Goodnight’s life through the lens of contemporary Western and Wildlife artist Lee Cable. Cable's series of 13 paintings is a conscious balancing act between solid historical research and artistic license. As Cable says, “In the case of Goodnight much is written, not much is illustrated.” This body of work aims to change that.

The paintings are complemented by a display of authentic Charles Goodnight artifacts from institutions across the state.

Special Exhibit Gallery
June 30, 2018 - October 14, 2018

Catch the Quack

Catch the Quack
Photo Credit: The U.S. National Library of Medicine


The Bryan Museum and The Institute for Medical Humanities invite you to catch the quack of the past and present.

Come see some of 19th century medicine’s most outrageous “cures!”

This special exhibit contains curious devices and perplexing ads from the 19th and early 20th century relating to quack medicine.

Co-created with students from
UTMB’s Institute for Medical Humanities

Ground Floor Gallery
August 6, 2018 - November 31, 2018