Arts & Culture
Enrich Yourself In Community and Artistry
With rich historical roots in both the formation of railroads and ideas brought by early Czech settlers, our city was founded on many great ideals that paved the way to the fascinating downtown you see today. Visitors can see the revitalized buildings and check out the new businesses that have helped to cultivate lively and entrepreneurial growth in the district.
Stroll through our walkable downtown and see if you can find all of our one-of-a-kind art trains. These painted train statues take on many different themes and cultural patterns. See if you can find the meaning, business, or culture behind each one. Along with art trains, visitors can spot several stunning murals throughout the downtown. See how the locals embrace art and culture as they host live performances and concerts, participate in artist-to-artist showcases, and build a community in downtown Temple.
315 W Ave B
Completed in 1911, the historic Santa Fe Depot currently houses the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum. Historical exhibits explore railroad history as well as topics relating to local and regional history. The museum also hosts temporary exhibits, education programs, and special events. The Depot boasts an event space popular for gatherings ranging from work conferences and receptions to weddings and reunions.
119 W French Ave.
The museum houses artifacts and produces programs that interpret stores based on the history and rich culture of the Czech lands from 500 c.e. to the present, the story of Czech immigrants in Texas from 1850 to the early 1900s, and the story of Czech-Americans connecting with their identities and families during the Cold War and in today’s Czech Republic. The center has an extensive genealogy library.
11 N 4th St.
Temple Children’s Museum provides an environment that inspires creativity and promotes the curiosity of young children through interactive learning and play. The museum provides exhibits that are geared toward children aged six months to 7 years and their caregivers in a safe and clean environment. Programs and exhibits change and rotate, providing families with a collaborative and exciting experience. For more information about upcoming events and hours, please visit templechildrensmuseum.org.
100 W Adams Ave.
Temple Public Library serves the community by providing diverse information, programs, and leisure pursuits. Programs range from youth activities to a variety of cultural programs, adult and teen programs, and exhibits. Learn more at the Temple Public Library website.
The Most Instagrammable Places
Learn more about our photo-worthy murals, art pieces, and mini art train sculptures by reading our blog. Find the best, most vibrant art displays that Temple has to offer.