Frequently Asked Questions

General
Is the tour guided?

Yes, due to the time period antiques the tour is guided. However, it is not like other museums! There are no ropes, you are allowed to go into each room and look around at your own leisure. Take your time, our guides are patient.

What does the tour consist of?

It is a guided tour; your guide will tell you the history of the building and the business. Thee are five bedrooms set up with individual stories of a few of the different girls that lived and worked in the building. All of the furniture is original to the time period of the bordello, and a few pieces are actually original to the bordello itself.

How long is the tour?

The tour generally lasts anywhere from 30-40 minutes. It usually depends on the size of the group, number of questions, extent of photo taking, etc. Some tours have lasted an entire hour! However, you are free to leave the museum at your own leisure.

What time are the tours?

Tours are offered through Legend Jewelers daily, Tues-Sat. There are two tours offered Tues-Thurs at 2pm and 4pm. Weekend tours are offered Friday & Saturday at the top of every hour starting at 1pm and ending at 4pm.

Are photographs allowed?

Yes! Of course we love when people enjoy their tour and want to take pictures to remember the time they visited Miss Hattie's Bordello Museum! And if you would like a group photo, our guides would be more than happy to help you with that so everyone can be in your picture.

How much does the tour cost?

The tour is $6 per person. For Military/Student/Seniors it is $5 per person. Children age 5 and under are admitted free.

Do I need to make a reservation for the tour?

No. We have scheduled tour times. Tues-Thurs. (2pm & 4pm) and Fri-Sat at the top of every hour starting at 1pm and ending at 4pm. However, if you are planning on having a large group (10+) please give us a call ahead of time and we will hold one of the tour times specifically for your group. The rooms are small, so larger groups are harder to maneuver around the building. If we are short-staffed, the tour times may be shortened to only two tours a day.

Is the tour all-age appropriate?

Yes! We can keep everything PG - however, it is a house of ill repute so PLEASE be ready to answer any awkward questions that may arise.

Can I rent the museum for a party?

Sorry, but after being disappointed one too many times, we no longer rent out the building. However, there is one photographer in town that has an "all access pass" to the bordello for photo shoots. Please contact her if this is something that you are interested in.

Great Expectations Photography

What is the connection between the Restaurant and the Museum?

Miss Hattie's Bordello Museum is where the actual bordello operated. The restaurant is located in a building that was a bank in Miss Hattie's day. The bank and Miss Hattie had a really good relationship, there are many stories of gentlemen leaving their wife & children outside the bank in the buggy, and finding their way to Miss Hattie's through a secret tunnel. A tunnel that is not so secret today.

Are there any souvenirs for Miss Hattie's Museum?

Yes! Included with the $6 tour is a wooden nickel good for trade in "girls, whiskey & tobacco" Wink For 4 dollars more you can have the wooden nickel AND your very own Miss Hattie's Garter Belt with the tour. If you don't have time for the tour, don't worry, we also sell the garters by themselves for $5.

What exactly is a favor?

A favor is "preferred services rendered". We'll leave the rest to your imagination.

Where do we meet for the tours?

This can be a little confusing; the tours all meet inside the jewelry store (Legend Jewelers) where you purchase your "token". One of the girls, will be your tour guide. Feel free to browse the store and check out the famous Concho Pearls or have a seat in our "waiting area" in front of the store by the windows.

Were the girls paid/compensated well?

The girls charged what was then an exorbitant amount ($1-$2) of which they only received about 50%. We'll leave it to you to decide whether or not that was enough compensation.

Is the building haunted?

Well...the girls don't really appreciate the term "haunted", they think it sounds too negative Wink

Is it still in operation today?

Yes! Surprised But only as a museum! Laughing

For 50 years, soldiers, cowboys and travelers were attracted to a San Angelo institution, a brothel they knew simply as Miss Hatties.

Jack Lowry - March 1989 Texas Highways