Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin

4.6
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See the original wooden gate of the Alamo, one of the most prized possessions, at Bullock Texas State History Museum. The permanent exhibit spreads over three floors and tells the story of Texas, from the earliest Native American communities and Spanish missions to the struggle for independence and the modern era. Through numerous artifacts and multimedia presentations, you can see how the land was shaped and cultivated, and how different cultures and ideologies blended together to form the Texan identity. The museum regularly hosts temporary exhibits that cover different aspects of Texan culture and history. If you’re visiting with kids, check for the special programs for families. Plan my day in Austin using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • Excellent experience. Beautiful building, amazing tile in the entry. This museum is laid out in an easy flow manner. Lots of great historical items, great reading material. I especially loved the...  more »
  • I learned so much about Texas during my visit! The museum has everything Texas from ancient history, the arrival of Europeans, independence, the Civil War, Reconstruction, oil exploration, space, pop....  more »
  • Really enjoyed my visit here. Texas history pre 1821 to the present. Also, an IMAX theater,a cafe, special exhibits and a special exhibit gallery. Very nice.  more »
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  • This museum is awesome. We scheduled their short “Star” film for 11 and IMAX of American Journey for 2 pm, all in the same building. Together with a Noon stop at the cafe, made for a great day. The museum is beautifully laid out with artifacts galore. Lots of small films and activities in each section. We arrived about 9:30 which was perfect. Recommend start on floor one (oldest history). Progress to floor 2, finish on floor 3 (most recent events).
  • This is a nice museum with some interesting exhibits. They had just opened an exhibit on WWI before we visited and it was quite interesting. One thing they could improve is explaining the context for their exhibits and why they are being shown. For example, the ship hull of La Belle is quite interesting to see but we had to read all of the plaques in the surrounding area to piece together an idea of what had happened to it. Perhaps a summary plaque could be placed in front of each of the major exhibits or something. Otherwise great though! The underground parking garage was a nice convenience. We were able to leave my car there while exploring the city.
  • There's a parking lot underneath that costs $10. Walking distance to the capital. Has great AC and makes a great place to escape the heat. The museum is well put together and the prices are pretty good for what you get. If it's your first time visiting Texas this is a great crash course into its history.
  • Good museum to walk around in and beat the Texas heat. Parking is $10 in the garage close by. There are 3 floors of different exhibits that cover a wealth of knowledge about Texas and it's people. On Sunday, the grill in the cafe is closed, so it's only grab n go (snacks, sandwiches, chips, drinks). Just FYI in case you were going after the Cowboy Patty Melt.
  • I was honestly surprised, I love the museum it was well put together. My family's favorite part was the Cowboys in space part of Museum exhibits. All in all it was a pretty awesome trip. The whole museum was amazing. Definitely worth a visit!

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