RGV Visitors Guide

Page 22 Rio Grande Valley Visitors Guide 2023-2024 UTRGV Patron of the Arts UTRGV Patron of the Arts is the performance series of the UTRGV School of Music that has provided Rio Grande Valley residents and visitors with excellent artistic programs for over 35 years. The program was created in 1984 in Brownsville to provide the community and students with opportunities for learning and enrichment by attending live events by professional guest musicians as well as visual artists. Patron of the Arts also provides a venue for faculty and student performances to showcase the considerable talent the RGV has. UTRGV Patron of the Arts has two main venues: the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex at 1201 W. University Dr. in Edinburg, and the TSC Performing Arts Center at 90 Taylor Ave. in Brownsville. For up-to-the-minute performance and ticket information, please visit utrgv.edu/ arts. Museum of South Texas History The Museum of South Texas History (MOSTHistory) is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Founded in 1967 as the Hidalgo County Historical Museum in the 1910 Hidalgo County Jail, the museum has grown over the decades through a series of expansions to occupy a full city block. It was later renamed the Museum of South Texas History to better reflect its regional scope. Today, the museum preserves and presents the borderland heritage of South Texas and northeastern Mexico through its permanent collection and the Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives and exhibits spanning prehistory through the 20th century. Experience centuries of stories from the borderland region at Museum of South Texas History. The museum’s signature Rio Grande Legacy exhibit creates a passage through time in state-of-the-art multimedia settings. Stand in the shadow of a full-sized mammoth, hear corridos or ballads from the Mexican Revolution while warming your hands over the horno or oven, and even watch as a steam train rolls by in the train station. Enhance your visit by viewing any of the three educational videos in the comfortably integrated theaters. MOSTHistory also holds a variety of virtual family-friendly special events and programs throughout the year including Dia de los Muertos, Sunday Speaker Series, guided tours and more. FRIENDS of MOSTHistory receive benefits including free admission to all special events and programs and discounts on rental space and in the museum store. The Museum of South Texas History is located in downtown Edinburg at 200 N. Closner Blvd. on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. The hours of operation are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about MOSTHistory, including becoming a FRIEND, visit MOSTHistory.org, like on Facebook, follow on Twitter and Instagram, and find on YouTube, or call 1-956-383-6911. Bert Ogden Arena Bert Ogden Arena is the largest indoor entertainment venue in deep South Texas and serves as a premiere destination for sports and live entertainment. The venue has over 9,000 seats, luxury and member suites, 78 points of sale, restaurants and more to suit the needs of visitors during shows and other live events. The Arena is home to the RGV Vipers, a NBA G-league basketball team. For upcoming shows and events, be sure to follow on social media at Bert Ogden Arena. The Arena is located at 4900 S I-69 in Edinburg. Call (956) 562-7362 or visit www.bertogdenarena.com for more information. Pharr Aquatic Center Located at 1000 S. Fir St., the Pharr Aquatic Center serves the community with family fun. Designed and managed by the Pharr Parks & Recreation Department, the Pharr Aquatic Center consists of a fan shaped 6,800 sq. ft. leisure pool, which enters from a zero-depth beach area that wades into 3-1/2’. On the shallow end stands a water play structure that features three children’s slides, geysers, water sprayers, misters, spray fans, two giant splash buckets, and ornamental palm tree sprayers. Available to the public is a lazy river that consists of a 200’ raft slide that spills into a 360’ linear ft. 8’ wide meandering river. Other Park amenities include a children’s pool, featuring geysers and a baby slide, and is covered with a shade structure. Also, the center features a Natatorium that encloses a 25-yard x