The Heart of Texas is a Vibrant Artistic Community with Rich Cultural Heritage

The Heart of Texas region is filled with a number of areas and communities rich in cultural heritage. Area individuals, communities and organizations place a high priority on facilitating artistic development and appreciation. Museums and natural areas covering a wide range of historical characteristics are represented throughout the region. A person could go weeks visiting all of them without repeating a single one!

Visit the Heart of Texas for a lively Arts & Culture Experience today!


Waco has a thriving artistic community and has been designated as a Cultural District by the Texas Commission on the Arts. As a result, Creative Waco was formed as a nonprofit organization that seeks to bring Waco’s art professionals together in a Waco Arts Alliance and put the Waco Cultural Plan into action.

The Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University includes the Belew Collection and the McCullen-Connally Family Collection, 227 watercolors representing the California School of Watercolor from the 1930’s and ‘40’s. The museum serves as a vital resource for the university and community.

Clifton has a vibrant art scene, highlighted by the Bosque Arts Center, a three-story historic landmark built in 1923 on a hilltop overlooking the town and the scenic Bosque River valley. The Center has been the hub for all artistic endeavors in the county since the 1960’s, from housing nationally-recognized collections to currently working artists and sculptors residing in the area.


From the Old West to modern manufacturing, the Heart of Texas region is home to a wealth of knowledge in a series of museums and natural areas. Every county in the region has a wealth of cultural opportunities the whole family will enjoy!


Bosque Museum Photo

Bosque Museum

Burlington-Rock Island Railroad Museum Photo

Burlington-Rock Island Railroad Museum

Dr. Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute Photo

Dr. Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute

Old Fort Parker Photo

Old Fort Parker

Freestone County Historical Museum Photo

Freestone County Historical Museum

Hill County Cell Block Museum Photo

Hill County Cell Block Museum

Mayborn Museum Complex Photo

Mayborn Museum Complex

Ringness House Museum Photo

Ringness House Museum

Texas Rangers Hall of Fame Photo

Texas Rangers Hall of Fame

Texas Sports Hall of Fame Photo

Texas Sports Hall of Fame

Waco Mammoth National Monument Photo

Waco Mammoth National Monument