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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  • Impressive museum showing the history of the Texas Rangers. Layout was well done. Not overcrowded and you could go at your own pace. They had a nice movie you could watch. There was even a "children's section showing the Lone Ranger and Chuck Norris display.
  • Been here twice. Great as a field trip for kids or just for a nice day of history. Hands on activities and a video. A scavenger hunt paper keeps the kids (and adults) busy looking at the exhibits and engaged. Love this place and highly recommend a trip!
  • I had very low expectations going into this museum, I had planned to stay 30/45 minutes and ended up staying about an hour and a half. As a Utahan my only experience with the Texas Rangers was what I had seen on Walker, and I was quite impressed with what they do. The museum staff was very helpful and the exhibits were very well organized. Overall I would highly recommend the museum. A great place for a husband to visit while you are shopping at Magnolia.
  • Definitely worth a visit if you're in Waco or on your way to big D. Great layout with hands on items, lots of stories (Billy the Kid, Bonnie & Clyde) that'll make you be surprised how long you spend there!
  • Awesome place. Tons of historical information regarding the formation and history of the Texas Rangers. Could (and should) have spent an entire day there. Staff was excellent.
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