The Billy Gibbons Texas History Experience takes you through the band’s iconic frontman’s 50-year career. The exhibit includes everything from guitars to stage costumes and rarely seen photos. Even Gibbons’ famous Eliminator coupé made an appearance at the opening of the exhibit.
“The guitar wall is a show in itself. It’s my favorite wall in this exhibition,” said curator Eric Broussard. “The thing I was most excited about was a 1963 Gibson Melody Maker guitar. It was the first guitar Billy ever owned. It was a Christmas present when he was 13 from his parents.”
Fans will also find four “story stations” in the exhibit where they can learn how many of Gibbons and ZZ Top’s hit songs relate directly to people or places in Texas.
“It covers things like the chicken coop at La Grange and the Balinese room that was here in Galveston for so many years,” Broussard said. “He literally archives everything. He keeps the art that his fans send him. He keeps the guitars, the amps, the drums. It’s like, you know, do you have the original LaGrange lyrics? Oh yeah, I got it, I’ll send that to you, no problem.”
The Billy Gibbons Texas History Experience is open at the Bryan Museum through July 3. For more information, visit thebryanmuseum.org.