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 first floor alone is worth the visit. An excellent, comprehensive examination of the origins of Texas. The second floor is fascinating as well but seems to be a work in progress. I didn't make it....  more
    The first floor alone is worth the visit. An excellent, comprehensive examination of the origins of Texas. The second floor is fascinating as well but seems to be a work in progress. I didn't make it....  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our 3-hour visit at this interesting, informative, and immersive museum all about the history of Texas. It has a lot of neat exhibits including the original Capitol statute... 
    We thoroughly enjoyed our 3-hour visit at this interesting, informative, and immersive museum all about the history of Texas. It has a lot of neat exhibits including the original Capitol statute...  more »
  • We love museums and have very high expectations. This was great! Friendly staff, very well curated. Fun for curious kids. Representational of all cultures and covered everything from cowboys to... 
    We love museums and have very high expectations. This was great! Friendly staff, very well curated. Fun for curious kids. Representational of all cultures and covered everything from cowboys to...  more »
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  • We were not sure about visiting with our children after checking out the website. From the website, it looked cool but weren't going to spend the money if it wasn't good for them too. At a friend's prompting we decided to go. It was very interactive and they had lots of things to check out for the kids. It starts at the ground floor with the beginnings of TX and moved to the top floor being more modern advancements. It was well put together and worth the time.
  • Great place to get out of the heat. Some dated items, it's it's museum! Great gift shop with a very nice staff. The museum itself is laid out very nicely start at the top or start at the bottom. Loads of fun for the kids as well as adults. Parking is available nearby and an easy walk. The first Sunday of every month the museum is free for all!
  • The Bullock is a great place to learn about Texas history. It's a beautiful museum. Make sure you see The Star of Destiny 4D movie! When you go through the main gallery, start at the bottom and work your way up. Don't forget to take a pic under the Lone Star out front before you leave! There is plenty of street metered parking on Colorado St if you don't mind walking half a block. It's cheaper than parking in the museum's garage.
  • Don’t tell anybody! Parking under the museum is free after 5. And the full size IMAX theater is enormous and mostly empty. Come here for your first run movies and very reasonably priced snack. The 7 movies are a quarter full at best. Best movie in town… Once again keep this to yourself 😉
  • Really excellent museum! This was not a part of the original plans for our four-day trip to Austin, but one rainy day left us scrambling for new plans to improvise with, and I have to think it was fate that took us to this really lovely museum. Tons of great info on Texas history, and history of the entire country, in a well-curated and accessible museum located right in between the state capitol and the UT campus (which are both also great sightseeing opportunities, that you could make a whole day out of).

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