Texas Brazos Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Temple: Little Joe y La Familia Museum

Fans of Tejano music or Texas music history should visit this museum operated by "la familia." Vintage photos adorn the walls of the Little Joe y La Familia Museum, which documents its subject’s life, family (he's one of 13 children), and decades-long career. Born Jose Maria DeLeon Hernandez, Little Joe (and predecessor Beto Villa) turned traditional conjunto music on its head. His music paid homage to his Mexican heritage while embracing a range of Americanized styles, from blues and jazz to country. Little Joe's music was an integral part of the Chicano movement and earned him the nickname "King of the Brown Sound."

In 1992, Little Joe y La Familia won a Grammy Award for the album "Diez y Seis de Septiembre.” The gold statue is proudly displayed along with Hernandez’s honors from the Tejano Music Awards and the Texas Governor's Award.


  • 2903 S. General Bruce Dr.
  • Temple, Texas
  • 76504


Hours & Fees

  • Currently closed for renovations.

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