The ground floor of the Museum’s main building showcases goods and furnishings for home and office, advertising memorabilia, an extensive photographic collection, antique children’s toys, clothing and more--all of which reflect the development of Flatonia from its founding in 1873. Highlights of this collection include several outstanding examples of fretwork (scrap wood masterfully crafted into ornamental objects such as clocks and birdcages), mementos from the Flatonia Fair (1914 - 1936) and a horn settee which was manufactured at the Flatonia Horned Furniture Company and exhibited at the Dallas Fair in 1891—placing first in its class.
Our Veterans Museum occupies the second floor of the main building and was opened in October of 2007 as a tribute to the men and women from the Flatonia area who have served in the Armed Forces, and as a reminder of the sacrifices they have made for our country. A “Wall of Honor” displays more than 300 photographs of individual veterans. Uniforms worn by local servicemen and women and memorabilia brought back from foreign wars fill smaller exhibit rooms. The museum encourages students to visit its library for research and to see actual war footage from its DVD collection to fully understand the significance of past wars.
Our barn contains a wide array of farm implements and a collection of vehicles ranging from a genuine covered wagon to a 1926 Chevy truck used to deliver farm produce in the area over a period of several decades. In addition to a display of “labor saving” laundry mechanisms spanning a century or more, a complete farm kitchen features everything a hardworking farm wife needed from crocks and butter churns to a wood burning cook stove.
Our newest feature grew from a collaborative effort between the E. A. Arnim Museum and members of the Bluebonnet Master Gardener Association. With the aid of a generous grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), a bare, weedy city lot has been transformed into a beautiful garden. Walking paths and benches invite visitors to stroll or sit awhile. Beds filled with species indigenous to our area, along with a rainwater catchment and irrigation system, complete a “pocket park” that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also showcases the benefits of water conservation and the use of drought tolerant native plants in home and commercial landscaping.