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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 your visit to Bullock Texas State History Museum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Austin itinerary maker.
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  • We came into Austin to see the Texas capital it was so crowded we stopped by the office and asked if there was something close to see in walking distance from the capital, and the Bullock museum is wi...  more »
  • Fabulous! Physically beautiful museum with extremely friendly and helpful staff. Saw the special exhibit from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. That was at the Bullock for some 4+...  more »
  • We have lived here 30+ years, but the Texas State History Museum never fails to please out of town guests. Easy to park, interesting to see, and you can really do the whole museum reasonably well in 2...  more »
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  • Really cool museum. Fascinating displays and videos of many different aspects of Texas history. The American flag section was very interesting.
  • I love history and museums. I learned this Museum existed because of the brown sign I saw while driving north on Highway 35. The next day, on Wednesday, August 12, 2016, I had some spare time to stop in and visit. I only had about an hour and a half, but it was very much worth the admission cost of $12.00. I was even able to catch most of a Docent Guided Tour. I wish I could remember the Volunteer Docent's name. He was an older gentleman, really sweet, very knowledgeable & knew how to tell the stories of the people's lives. If I ever visit Texas again someday, I will have to come back and plan to spend a lot of time here - maybe a couple days!
  • If you haven't been, you should go. The exhibits are so well put together and engaging. One of the best museums you'll find.
  • The ground floor is all about how the La Belle and it's captain La Salle made its way from France and how they copied once arrived. The first floor probably had the most historic facts and shows the forming of the Texas community, Texas as a republic and as a state. The last floor shows how the oil modernized Texas and made it boom economically and ends with a quick glance at its current culture, aeronautics contributions and Big Bend reserve.
  • A great introduction to Texas history. The Bullock Museum does a great job of providing an overview of Texas history. While not shying away from the darker periods, the museum provides a family-friendly story of Texas' founding, independence, growth and modern history. Take advantage of the in-costume experts, they're more than just props and can provide in depth explanations of their exhibits. It is a great way to spend an afternoon.