Display cases in the museum showing tribute to the Lone Survivor

Welcome to The Cafe Texan History Museum & Library, where history comes to life! Our boutique museum is home to an eclectic collection of art and artifacts from all over the world throughout history. Step inside and discover the stories behind the objects that have shaped our past. As you explore our museum, you’ll be transported to many different eras and cultures.

Learn about the life of Teddy Roosevelt in the Wild West or examine ancient tools & rituals of early Egyptian civilizations. View Napoleon’s pistol, read letters from former U.S. Presidents or admire the intricate craftsmanship of Samurai swords. You never know what you might discover at The Cafe Texan History Museum & Library.

Our knowledgeable staff is available to answer any questions and provide insights into the objects on display for an enhanced experience, allowing visitors to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the artifacts. Whether you’re a history buff or simply curious about the world around us, The Cafe Texan History Museum & Library is the place to enjoy the rich and diverse history of our world. Come visit us and discover the wonders of history!

Founder Vance Howard and Head Chef Tom Mangos at Cafe Texan grand opening

Founder + CEO, Vance Howard (left) and Executive Chef Thomas Mangos (right) at Cafe Texan grand opening.

Vance Howard is a Huntsville native who bought the Cafe Texan building in 2020. With the Cafe Texan being the oldest family owned and operated cafe in Texas, Vance was immediately interested in the property after it was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With space for offices, a cafe and a museum, Vance could see his passion project come to life.

There was no doubt that the Cafe Texan is a Huntsville staple and would be reopened to continue to serve the area with familiar food, but a brand new look. The museum was always a dream just waiting to be brought to fruition, and with many years of planning and the opportunity the new building presented, the dream has materialized as the Cafe Texan History Museum and Library. Giving back to the community is important to everyone involved at Cafe Texan, so the decision to make the company a non-profit was easy. The Cafe Texan not only provides a space for locals to eat, drink, and learn, it also provides jobs to local Huntsvillians. The values of the Cafe Texan are plain to see: preservation of history, giving back to the community, and honoring those who charted the path before us.