In 1967, 1969 and 1971, Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Brookshire embarked on African safaris to bring the unique African wildlife back to Texas.
In recognition of their lifelong interest in the great outdoors and their desire to perpetuate wildlife in its natural habitat, Wood T. and Louise Brookshire created the Brookshire’s World of Wildlife Museum. Their purpose was to provide continued enjoyment and education for children so that they could see and appreciate the wild animals of the earth.
Originally opened in 1975 in the lobby of the Brookshire Grocery Company’s office complex, the museum was expanded in 1976, and moved to its current location in 1990. The museum was remodeled in 2004 to include the generous donation of animals by Wayne Scogins of Marshall, Texas, and Carolyn Eames of Tyler on behalf of her late husband, Dr. Dan H. Eames. Each year, more than 60,000 visitors tour the museum.