GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A new three-story museum in Galveston will feature a Texan's collection of books, documents, artifacts and works of art devoted to the American Southwest and Texas.

The Galveston County Daily News ( ) reports The Bryan Museum is set officially open Friday. The museum will house more than 70,000 items that span 2,500 years.

The museum is located in a building that once housed the Galveston Orphans Home. Bryan and staff changed the orphanage, built in 1895 and remodeled in 1902, into a walk-through of chronologically ordered exhibits.

The displays are packaged to include art, documents, photographs and artifacts from the same era.

Paying homage to the orphanage is a downstairs exhibit with artifacts recovered from the children's' home.

Museum spokeswoman Mary Jo Naschke says the museum will eventually rotate exhibits.