Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin

4.6
#2 of 26 in Museums in Austin
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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  • Unexpected Great morning at the museum; well laid out, informative and enlightening. If you have half a morning I highly recommend you come over and spend the time learning about Texan history.... fas...  more »
  • it was raining and we were looking to do something inside. it was a great museum ! beautiful. we spent over 2 hours looking at all the exhibits.  more »
  • Spent a lot longer here than we thought we would. It is a fascinating visual history. We started at the top and worked our way down, probably should have done it from the ground up. Make time to see a...  more »
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  • I really enjoyed the WW1 installation, and their depth of understanding and nuance was refreshing. Too few museums and historical sites have such detailed breakdowns of economic realities, and the perspectives of people of color during those periods. Also, their shipwreck display was phenomenal. The rest of the museum is okay if you're interested in Texas history, but to me as someone less interested in Texas history the museum was much less interesting after the first floor. However I would definitely recommend it for anyone interested in the state history of Texas.
  • We were visiting the art museum nearby and saw signs for the WW1 installation, and decided to come check it out. The prices are about $12/person and they are pretty OK with you taking in personal bags. The bathrooms are very clean and well maintained. The staff are very friendly and happy to help you with anything you need to know. The rest of the museum had lots of Texas centric history and some really well presented and preserved boat wreckage.
  • Save your money and go to the other free museums in the area. I just visited the Bob Bullock Museum literally 10 minutes ago and I left with a completely sour mouth in my taste. The museum closes at 5 PM, understandable. We were walking down the three flights of stairs to head out the main door at 5:06 PM. When we got to the first floor we quickly decided to take a picture in front of the mural on the floor as we were exiting the building. We were quickly approached by the security officer walking up to me aggressively past my comfort zone trying to push us out the door. When trying to explain we just wanted a quick picture he turned around, put up his arms and said "he tried". I even asked if I could use their restroom and all he did was point to the exit door. I've never seen anything like it. Afterwards when I tried to get my purse that was sitting on the bench he blocked me and questioned if it was even mine. I will NOT be going there again. Go to the UT campus that is free and treats their guests with southern hospitality. You won't regret it.
  • I've been a couple times now and have enjoyed it a lot. Much more impressive than I was initially expecting! Lots of history that is well organized and interesting. The special exhibits I've seen have been thoughtfully chosen and put together.
  • This is a must see if you want a detailed and mostly objective view of Texas state history. There is a nice museum shop and imax screens! Would definitely be going back to check out the movies. The museum is very nice and well laid out. There is a little cafe too. Definitely need a few hours or more to walk through and experience everything. Looking forward to going back!
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