Moody Museum’s Annual Valentine Gala 2019

Show your love at the Moody Museum’s Annual Valentine Gala February 7 from 4-8 p.m. Guests enjoy wine and hor d’oeuvres inside the historical home of Texas Governor Dan Moody against a backdrop of live music played by local artists. Dress to impress! Prizes for best Valentine-themed outfit: male, female, and couples categories. All proceeds go towards preserving and expanding museum collections and bringing fun, educational events to the community. Advance tickets $25; $25 + $2 or canned good at the door. Available at the Taylor Chamber of Commerce, City Hall, The Moody Museum, and from board members.


Victorian Christmas House and Children’s Workshop

The time to deck the halls is near, and we have just the thing! The museum will be open for extended hours on December 1st from 1-5 PM for tours and fun. Get inspired as you experience the museum in all of its Victorian Christmas splendor. Children in grades K-4 are invited to exercise their artistic expression at our free Ornament Workshop from 1 to 3 PM.

Veterans Day Commemoration Event

We want YOU! to be part of our special Veterans commemoration event on Nov. 4 as the Moody Museum celebrates the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I. The museum will be open from 2-5 p.m. for tours. At 3 PM, visitors will gather on the lawn (weather permitting) for the raising of the flag, followed by the national anthem and guest speaker (TBA). Following the program, guests will be invited to enjoy refreshments, and museum tours will resume. Dan Moody’s military photos will be on display alongside shadow boxes and uniforms belonging to Taylor veterans of WWI and other conflicts.

Veterans shadow boxes are on display throughout the downstairs area of the museum during the afternoon ceremonies honoring local veterans. The event is held the Sunday before Veterans Day each year.

Live Storytelling Event – Deep in the Heart of Taylor


Rain or shine, come out to hear historical tales from Taylor locals. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7. With wet weather in the forecast, we will plan to move the event indoors, so come early to find the best seats in the house. Not able to attend? Tune in to our Facebook Live feed @moodymuseum at 7 p.m. CDT.

Moody Museum, 114 W. 9th Street, Taylor, TX 76574 – Saturday, October 6, 6 PM – 9 PM

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Moody Museum Outing: Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center

Join the Friends of the Moody Museum board for an outing to the Texas Czech Heritage & Cultural Center and Village in La Grange, TX on October 6. Featured exhibits include WWI and the Birth of Czechoslovakia and Lidice 1942 alongside a thoughtfully curated collection of Czech-Texan artifacts. Visit for details.

Lunch is available for purchase onsite at noon. Other museums being considered for the outing include the Heroes Museum in the Old Fayette County Jail, an impressive Texas Quilt Museum, and the M-K-T Railroad Depot Museum. Looks to be an exciting day! Email us at to join in the fun!

Departs from Moody Museum, 114 W, 9th Street, Taylor, TX 76574 – Saturday, October 6 at 8AM, returns mid-afternoon.

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Moody Museum at Business Expo 2018

Whether you are new in town or a Taylor-native, check out our local attractions and businesses at the Taylor CoC Business Expo & Job Fair on Sept. 15. Stop by the Moody Museum table to learn about upcoming museum events and see our Victorian ladies in period dress!

Williamson County Expo Center, 5350 Bill Pickett Trail, Taylor, TX 76474 – Saturday, September 15 from 10 AM – 2PM

Moody Museum Pounds of Plenty

Join the Moody Museum as we celebrate Governor Dan Moody’s birthday with our annual Pounds of Plenty Food drive! The Moody Museum is sponsoring the food drive benefiting Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry on June 23. Local businesses and individuals are encouraged to compete for collecting money and non-perishable food items. Boxes will be placed at numerous community locations and delivered to the Museum. This year, trophies will be presented for the most pounds of food and the most money collected…and there are always bragging rights for a whole year!  We have donation boxes all over Taylor! Collection stations include: City National Bank, Liberty’s Consigned Finds, SPJST Assisted Living and SPJST Senior Living, Frills, Trouvaille, Kunisch Wellness Center, Curves, Citizens National Bank, City Auto, Southern Hospitality, Temple College, REMAX, Sweet & Southern Finds, and Scott & White Hospital.

The drive is based on an earlier tradition of stocking the pantries of newlyweds. A 1927 article told how the East Texas Chamber of Commerce held a “pounding” for the newlywed Governor Dan Moody and his bride, Mildred Paxton Moody, when they moved into the Governor’s Mansion. A “pounding” was a common practice in the late 1800s and early 1900s as friends and family stocked newlywed’s pantries with pounds of food staples – a pound of rice, a pound of salt, etc.

The June event is also a celebration of Governor Dan Moody’s birthday, who was born in this Taylor home in1893. Stop by, enjoy a piece of birthday cake and tour the Moody Museum, 10:00-12:00, June 23.

Jimmy Heap Day

Join the Moody Museum on June 2nd, as we celebrate the life and works of Jimmie Heap, along with his wife, Jerry Heap, and his sons, Jimmy Joe and David. Introductions and music will be done by Paul Schlesinger & the Pioneer Boys.

Jimmie Heap was born in Taylor, Texas, March 3, 1922, where he lived and raised his family and is responsible for building over 200 of Taylor’s homes.  

Jimmy led his band, the Melody Masters, for over three decades, with appearances across the country, including headlining several years in Las Vegas. The Melody Masters recorded 32 sides for Capitol Records and 24 for Imperial Records, including the band’s big hit, Release Me.  The song was also recorded by Esther Phillips and Engelbert Humperdinck. the Melody Masters had a continuing spot on Radio Station KTAE in Taylor, Texas from 1948 to1956.

A major release, The Wild Side of Life, was written by band member, Arlie Carter, and performed by the Melody Masters.  It was later recorded by Hank Thompson, Burl Ives, Grady Martin, Freddy Fender, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter.  

Garden Work Day

Come join us on Saturday, March 24, from 9AM-12PM, as we prepare the Moody Gardens for spring! This is a great event for the community to come together, as we weed the gardens and plant new flowers. We will be joined by the Friends of the Moody, the Moody Museum Board, and Keep Taylor Beautiful.

Children’s Valentine’s Event

Saturday, Feb. 10 from 1-3 p.m. children from pre-school through fourth grade are invited to the museum to make Victorian Valentines. This free, fun event is designed to introduce children to the museum. Children should be accompanied by an adult. The museum will also offer tours during that time.