The Tyler Rose Museum
420 Rose Park Drive Tyler, TX 75702
Phone: (903) 531-1212
The Tyler Rose Museum, located in eastern Texas, is a standing tribute to the area's rich and long history of field-grown roses. Thanks to the Tyler Rose, this area has been known as the "Rose Capital of the Nation" since the turn of the century. Today, more than half the rose bushes in the U.S. come from this part of Smith County.
This 7,500 square-foot museum holds photographs, videos and memorabilia that date back to 1935. The displays and interactive exhibits illustrate the evolving history of rose-growing in the region. Much attention is paid to the annual Tyler Rose Festival which showcases the town's most beautiful and fragrant residents; as well as the pioneers that envisioned seas of roses.
The Video Rose Catalogue is an invaluable resource featuring 250 different varieties of roses. And if pictures are just not enough, a visit in the spring yields a feast for the eyes. The Tyler Municipal Rose Garden explodes with about 500 varieties of roses in bloom. The museum spruces up the space with "costume changes" every quarter to ensure its 100,000 visitors a year always see the Tyler Roses in their best light.