The Bullock Texas History Museum is outstanding! It has a variety of multi-media displays that teach kids of all ages the history, the present, and the future of Texas. They are rebuilding the ship "La Belle" which René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle used on his ill-fated cruise to find the mouth of the Mississippi (he missed, found Texas instead, the ship ran aground and sunk in Matagorda Bay and while traveling on foot he was murdered by his own men). They have rotating displays about attractions in Texas (in April 2016 that includes the Big Bend area which is beautiful and fascinating); they are also celebrating film including a strange and wonderful film called "American Astronaut". Great IMAX Theater! For those interested in learning about Texas history try the 16 minute film "Star of Destiny" in the Texas Spirit Theater. Admission for the film is $5 for adults, $4 for military seniors, students, and kids 4 to 17. This is absolutely a MUST do and see in Austin. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and 12 PM to 5 PM on Sunday. Admission to the theater (not including the IMAX theaters) is $12 for adults; $10 for military, college students, and seniors; and $8 for kids 4 to 17.
Since I'm not a Texan and this was my first trip to Texas, I learned so much iwalking through a 3 floor expansive exhibition space showcasing more than 700 original artifacts, discover an ever-changing experience in the Texas History Galleries.
We started our tour with American Indian cultures, the impact of Spanish and French exploration. Texas moved through revolution, annexation, immigration, the economics and human cost of slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Depression-era extravagance that highlighted the Texas' 100th birthday. We enjoyed a film of the 1936 exposition that showcased Texas's western identity. From ranching artifacts with Tejano roots to oil field drill bits to Civil Rights-era documents to unique music. We heard Texas cattle stories, saw an oil field tool developed by Howard Hughes, Sr. called a "Christmas tree" and the AT-6 "Texan," the World War II advanced flight trainer airplane that helped the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) fly into history. We enjoyed listening to Texas tunes from artists such as T. Bone Walker, Van Cliburn, Buddy Holly, and Lydia Mendoza. We ended with an original 1960's NASA Mission Control console. Finish your tour through the Texas History Galleries at the postcard wall, an exhibition of hundreds of postcards from across the state and across the years that reflect a statewide Texas experience.
We enjoyed a reasonable cafeteria style Tex Mex lunch at the Story of Texas Cafe. The gift shop was amazing, there was really something for everyone. I brought home branding irons for steaks with our initials, Tex Mex Spices & lot's of postcards.
The Texas State museum sits a few blocks from the State Capitol in Austin and outlines the history of Texas from prehistoric to modern times with a large area devoted to the war of independance from Mexico.
UPDATE: We traveled to Austin recently (Aug. 2008) to discover that the admission was waived during Wells Fargo First Saturdays (held 2-6pm on the first Saturday of each month) AND for Music Under the Stars* (from 6-9pm on the first Friday of each month during the summer).
It's no coincidence this attraction is my first THINGS TO DO tip. The Bob Bullock Museum covered all phases of Texas history and to visit it is a "must"!
The exhibit began with the native people by illustrating their way of life and artifacts from that period. Early explorers were highlighted with interactive displays. The fight for independence and struggle for statehood were explained and contributions of Texas were defined. Be sure to allot a couple hours to tour the museum!
Displays on more recent history showed the evolution of the oil industry, farming and space exploration. The Texas Spirit Theatre recreates events such as an oil gusher, rocket launch and hurricane--believe me, it's realistic! There is a wonderful museum store on the entrance level.
Hours are Mon.-Sat. 9am-6pm; Sun. 12Noon-6pm; closed Jan. 1, Easter, Thanksgiving and Dec. 24-25. Admission is $5.50 for adults; $4.50 for seniors and military; $3.00 for youth 5-18; free for children 3-4.
The IMAX theatre is $7.00 for adults; $6.00 for seniors or military; $5.00 for youth 5-18 and $3.50 for children 3-4years. Combination tickets can be purchased that include both admission and the IMAX theatre.
*See more info. on Music Under the Stars under NIGHTLIFE
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is a world class facility and a MUST SEE for visitors to the Texas Capitol in Austin. The museum tells the “Story of Texas” with three floors of interactive exhibits, the special effects show, The Star of Destiny, in the Texas Spirit Theater. The museum also house Austin's only IMAX Theatre, featuring the signature large-format film, Texas: The Big Picture.
The first thing you'll see, even before entering the building is a 35-foot-tall bronze Lone Star sculpture which greets visitors in front of the Museum. A a colorful terrazzo floor in the Museum’s rotunda features a campfire scene with enduring themes from Texas’ past. There is also a Cafe and a Museum Store for books, souvenirs and Texas stuff.
The museum is named for Bob Bullock, a former Lieutenant Governor of Texas who was a driving force in the museum's creation.
Monday through Saturday: 9 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 12 noon - 6 pm
ITS A REALLY NICE museum with very interesting displays. In the theater, you are shown an interesting presentation that uses all of your senses, not just eyes and ears. You will enjoy it!
As a bonus, there is a nice cafeteria on an upper floor and you can dine inside or out on the balcony with a spectacular view of Austin.
The Texas State History Museum presents in exibit the history of the state from the early age to the modern era.
The native indians, the conquistadores and the first missionnaries are the topics of the first floor.
The second floor is devoted the Texas Revolution. The picture shows the initial point of the Independence when the little city of Gonzales refused to give back to the Mexican army the gun lent to defend against the indians. Even there was no gunshot, this ecent is considered to be beginning of the Revolution.
Price : 5 $ + IMAX 3$ (one film) + 5$ (parking but the casheer reimburses 2$)
Open : 9AM - 6:30PM
Sunday : 12 - 6:30PM
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I just thought I throw another picture out there of some of my co-workers at the museum. We're a fun gang. Unfortunately I'm not in this one since I was still in England at the time when my friend Mamie was having her good-bye party.
Anyways...come see us! :)
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, what can I say!?! I've been working there for 3 years now and it's a great place to see Texas history, plus we have an Imax Theater. If you come keep in mind the exhibits can take 1 1/2 hours (maybe more) plus you have to see the Texas Spirit Theater, it's awsome. It's a 15 min. history show over the heros and events of Texas past, but it has special effects that bring history alive for you....like thunder, lighting, snakes, and rain. You'll love it! We're open 9 to 6 every day expect Sunday, it's 12 to 6 then. Check out the website for more details and if you come by, ask for me...I'm ususally there or someone will know of me when you buy your tickets.
The Bob bullock Texas state museum is a relatively new museum (a couple of years old) but it is definitely worth a visit. I arrived there without too much clue about the Texas (or even the US) history. I was not too sure if the Alamo battle was related to an issue with the Indians or with the Mexicans. After this visit I’ve to admit everything was much clearer. From the first Spanish (and French!) settlers until now, going through the Indian issues, the independence war against Mexico, the secession war,… everything was pretty well covered and explained. Definitely a must-see as a first contact with Texas!
Count 5$ for the parking (with 2$ rebate on the museum price), 5.5$ for the exhibits visit, there is also an IMAX theatre for 7$. You can eventually add 2$ for an audio tours of the museum. This is indeed a MP3 player where you enter the number of the spot you want a comment on. This is a great idea and usually a good way to visit something but in this case I wouldn’t recommend it, it doesn’t bring much more than what you can already read in the exhibits.
Open from 10am to 6pm (from noon on Sunday)
Approved in 1997 by the 75th Texas Legislature, The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum opened on April 21, 2001 at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and North Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, Texas.
This museum shows the history of Texas, one of the greatest nations on Earth!
I would highly recommend learning about Texas through this great medium!
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum - A great mix of old historic documents and new, interactive exhibits makes this appeal to all ages. The two theaters show great movies - buy the combo ticket to see it all.