The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum, San Antonio

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Spread over 4,500 sq m (48,000 sq ft) of space, The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum celebrates The Lone Star state's heritage. At the Buckhorn Museum you can observe more than 520 preserved animals, including different species from around the world, especially animals with horns and antlers. You'll have the chance to glimpse the 479 kg (1,056 lbs) black merlin fish as well as a 10,000-year-old pre-historic Irish elk. At the Texas Ranger Museum, you'll discover a collection of Texas Ranger artifacts, including weapons and badges of numerous notable Rangers. Part of the exhibit includes a replica of a town complete with a saloon, jail, blacksmith shop, newspaper office, and the getaway car of Bonnie and Clyde. Plan your visit to The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our San Antonio trip itinerary maker app .
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  • Just finished touring the Buckhorn And wasn’t impressed with the historical aspect of the displays. The Texas ranger manaquin had on a Hawaiian bandanna. ☹️ The guns were neat. The animals were neat a...  more »
  • This place is by the River Walk and you can't miss it. The entrance roof is lined with hundreds of horns. We went mainly because my husband really wanted to see the unusual horns and other animals on ...  more »
  • My husband and I went to the Buckhorn and while it may have been a cool place to go to back “in the day”, we were appalled by all the animals that had been killed and stuffed so that people could gawk...  more »
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  • So, this is certainly a major Texas style tourist trap but it's fun to go to and take your friends that are visiting San Antonio. The first floor contains a good cafe restaurant and a gift shop. The museum is on the second floor. The food was good and we had fun eating in an old fashioned saloon with heads of animals hung all over the walls. It is definitely a site to see and yes they are all real. This place is a Mecca for taxidermy where will find championship trophies and strange animals. The gift shop is very touristy and lots of items for the kids. The museum is really cool and see a bunch of Wild West artifacts and more unique taxidermy items.
  • Such a unique and awesome place. Thousands of antlers outside the entrance and a huge elk head too (head was metal I believe but the antlers are real!) We got several neat shirts with deer and antlers on them (can you tell we love antlers?) The kids found awesome carved gemstone necklaces too that were not expensive at all! Will have to bring the hubby here next time we come!
  • This is absolutely my favorite thing that we did in San Antonio I think, if you're on the fence about whether their little museum is worth the $15? It 100% is. It's chock full of fun photo opportunities, incredible taxidermy specimens, and very cool historic pieces. We didn't stop in the saloon (this trip) however we're planning on going back this summer. The ambiance is very authentic, and everyone had a great time.
  • What a great place if you go there plan on spending several hours by the time you eat drink tour the museum and see everything there is to see... Justin behind the bar was a great guy made you feel right at home and was fluent in the history of the bar which honestly interested us in the rest of the museum after hearing him talk... we probably would have just ate and moved on but we wound up spending quite a bit of time there
  • This is an incredible place that I just happened to stumble upon. I walked in thinking I'd walk through the museum in 30 minutes and ended up taking almost three hours! A ton of fun with a lot of cool facts and some things you may have never seen before. Highly recommend. Went back and had lunch the next day and was very good.
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