Damages from Hurricane Harvey served as the catalyst to relocate the old Humble Museum from downtown Humble to the band hall of the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center. Although the Humble Museum first opened in the mid-1970s, it has been closed for almost three years.

The city allocated $450,000 to renovate the building, and the museum’s board of directors have spent $73,000 so far on the interior. Now, the new Humble Museum is almost ready to open to the public.

Robert Meaux, the president of the museum’s board of directors, said he has been working with volunteers amid the pandemic to get the museum ready to open this fall.

“The goal is to make it an integral part of the community,” he said. “It’s been in the community since the mid-’70s; it’s just not been that integral because you come in and you’re like, ‘It’s a junk collection.’”

Meaux said the old location saw roughly 2,000 visitors a year, but he hopes the new location with its new logo, well-lit displays and more organized layout will encourage tourists, local residents and students to learn about Humble’s rich history.

“I’ve tried to build something that the city is proud to bring people here,” he said.

Humble Museum

601 Higgins St., Humble



Hours: TBD (facility to open in fall)