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Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, Waco

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4.5/5 based on 480 reviews on the web
The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, Texas, is the state-designated official historical center of the famed Texas Rangers law enforcement agency. It consists of the Homer Garrison, Jr. museum gallery, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, the Texas Ranger Research Center and the Headquarters of Texas Rangers Company "F". The City of Waco serves as the appointed trustee on behalf of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Legislature.LocationThe Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum is located near Interstate Highway 35 Exit 335B in Waco, Texas.MissionThe mission of the nonprofit Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum is to: Disseminate knowledge and inspire appreciation of the history, public service and ideals of the Texas Rangers, a legendary symbol of Texas and America; and Serve as state designated repository for artifacts and archives relating to the Texas Rangers.Institutional HistoryIn 1964 the Texas Department of Public Safety chartered the City of Waco, Texas, to construct and operate the official museum of the Texas Rangers. In return, the City of Waco agreed to commit 32acre for a building site, provide an ongoing annual operating subsidy, and build and sustain a headquarters for Texas Rangers Company "F". More than three million persons have visited the historical center since it opened in 1968.The museum complex was originally named Fort Fisher after an 1837 Ranger camp from which the City of Waco traces its origin. It was designed in a vernacular style of Texas hill country architecture reminiscent of a 19th-century Texas Ranger headquarters. The first museum gallery was named after Col. Homer Garrison, Jr. who served and later directed the Texas Department of Public Safety and its Texas Rangers division from 1938 to 1968.
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  • Things to know: lots of early guns! If you are interested in early firearms this museum will be a delight. No interactive exhibits for the younger kids, just a lot of reading-- interesting stuff thoug...  read more »
  • We visited while in town for Silobration . It was a wonderful museum and history lesson. If you need something to do while in town visit this museum. Made my Dad's day going to this museum. 
  • Very interesting to see the progression of the Texas Rangers over the years. The 45 minute film is also worth seeing. 
  • I have been to Waco many, many times and always wanted to visit the Texas Ranger Museum. Being in law enforcement, it always interesting to see where the Texas lawman began their roots to where we are today. I highly recommend giving this place a visit. Awesome little gift shop as well.
  • Took my Dad there for a day out. It was enjoyable. Lots to see if you're interested in Ranger history
  • Child abuse is very serious and I'm pissed my kid got hurt and they have done nothing. Been in the museum nice . As kid never thought . Signeing that log book would come in handy . Take care rangers if it was your son would you let it go rangers ?
  • Pretty small and a little underwhelming. Lots of guns and saddles, thats about it
  • I enjoy museums to begin with, but this was one of my favorites. It was amazing to see how much the Rangers have influenced not only the course of Texas, but the United States itself.
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