Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, Waco

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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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  • This museum was chock full of Ranger memorabilia including lots of guns. History of the rangers was broken down by the years. A 40 minute film was shown which was worth viewing.  more »
  • Visited the museum on a recent trip to Waco. Found the museum to be well put together and interesting. Wish the research building was open on the weekends for visiting tourist to see. Small kids may b...  more »
  • A person could spend 2 full days reading about the history of the Texas Rangers. So much stuff it could get overwhelming. Great history lesson for anyone.  more »
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  • This museum is a great resource for learning more about the history of the Texas Rangers. We were greeted enthusiasticly upon entering and we're told about the short movie that would be playing in a theater at the end of the hall. Stepping into the display areas you are met with a lot of items that initially seem to be unrelated to the Texas Rangers subject matter. The truth is that the Texas Rangers have a long and storied history that intersect with almost every major event in U.S. History. From the Civil War, WWI, WWII and more recent events in history the Texas Rangers have been part of almost all of it. I have had the pleasure of knowing two Texas Rangers personally and I can say that these men are truly standout individuals in their communities and in Law Enforcement. If you are interested in learning more about the Texas Rangers then this museum is a good place to start. With rooms full of memorabilia and pictures you can start to get a grasp on how important this law enforcement agency has been in the formation of not only Texas History but U.S. History as well. Go enjoy the learning experience and bring home some great memories!
  • I had a really good time here. Lots to see and do. A definite must see place .Things for all ages to do ,see, and interact. One of the best museums I have been to in a really long time. Lots of guns and paraphernalia on display
  • Had a great time at this museum. An in depth look on the history of Texas finest. They also provide a small documentary played in their theater for an even more insightful understanding of the Rangers. Definitely recommended trip.
  • Plan on spending a couple hours minimum to see it all, including a movie on the history of the rangers. Lots of antique guns and uniforms, so much to read at each display that will give you a in depth education on the start of the rangers and there part in the Alamo, and civil war, Bonnie and Clyde, and the Waco standoff with David. Very cool place to spend part of your day.
  • Interesting place, full of history. Take your time visiting each section of the museum. There is a movie/ documentary about the Texas Rangers that last 45 minutes so consider that in your visit. Prices in the gift shop are way to high in my opinion.
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