Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin

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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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  • The museum was quite spectacular, in my opinion. The building is grand and the exhibits were excellent. The history of Texas came to life with artifacts, movies, pictures and well educated staff. We w...  more »
  • As museum junkies, we love a good museum and the Bullock did not disappoint. The museum itself is beautiful and graceful with its stair cases and carefully organized exhibits that peek out from each s...  more »
  • My friend and I had been at the Blanton Art museum across the street and had about 30-40 minutes before we had to part ways. We decided to move over to the Bullock Texas State museum since it was free...  more »
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  • Great place to take large groups of kids for school projects and school field trips. The museum is very informative and so is the well mannered staff. Every Texas kid should attend this Museum to learn about our history and to get a much better understanding of where we came from and how our great state’s history unfolded.
  • Was one of the original members and let it lapse over the year, but back as a member. I love going here and so do my kids. There are phenomenal documentaries in the IMAX theater, traveling [temporary] exhibits, and of course items in the permanent collection that simply leave in awe sometimes. Definitely recommended as a place if you are in Austin visiting or if you are a Central Texas resident.
  • Recently went to the Bullock Texas state history museum with my sister and her family. We had a great time at the Alamo exhibition, and the pong to Pokemon exhibit. The kids really loved the games. Was a great way to spend a holiday vacation day!
  • I really enjoyed this museum. It's three floors of some pretty comprehensive Texas history. You really get a good perspective on why Texans have such pride in their state and identity, I had no idea the history the people and state went through. On the bottom floor you will find a large colonial ship, movie theater and a rotating exhibit I think (prohibition when I went). Second floor is the Wild West days, and about the land and farming. Up on the top you will find info closer to modern times about media, oil and war. Overall, well worth the money, for adults and kids.
  • Going to the Bullock Texas State Historical Museum is something that everybody should do when you're in Austin! I highly encourage everyone to do not only the museum but also enjoy the Texas films that are in the museum especially the "Story of Texas". The gift shop has some very uniquely Texas items as well. So if you're here to visit Texas you got to check out the museum... but please- remember to go home when you're done!

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