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French Legation Museum

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Address: 802 San Marcos, Austin, TX 78702
Phone Number: 512 472 8180
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Description: The oldest existing home in Austin that was the oldest foreign legation in...
The oldest existing home in Austin that was the oldest foreign legation in the U.S. built outside of Washington D.C.
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This was a nice surprise and worth the visit. Looking for something to see that we had not seen in Austin before; my wife and I decided to visit the French Legation Museum. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 11, 2015
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14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This was a nice surprise and worth the visit. Looking for something to see that we had not seen in Austin before; my wife and I decided to visit the French Legation Museum. The history and the house were both very interesting. The guide was excellent and the price was only five dollars. The view of downtown from the top... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Do go! This is worth your time, especially if you enjoy Texas history. We visited early, just as it opened and had a knowledgeable tour guide. Parking is a bit wonky so don't risk a tow.

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Austin, Texas
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235 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

A must do for all Texas people and visitors! Those that helped us to freedom are honored here. I think my month visited may be wrong, but I have been here numerous times. Parking can be tough so do this as part of other walking and site sees. The place would benefit from some donations for some touch ups as... More 

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35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We happened upon this quaint museum after a late lunch at Silo. The restored buildings and interpretive tour were worth the modest entry fee. A gem in the heart of Austin!

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Austin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

So what happens after you defeat Santa Anna and declare yourself a country? You establish relationships with other countries. The French Legation was constructed in the time period between the Texas Independence and the establishment as a state in 1845. It is considered the oldest wooden home in Austin and its location sits in a protected corridor where buildings can... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Serene little gem on the East side of downtown. The grounds are well-manicured for a stroll and dotted with sculpture by many locally renowned artists. It is walking distance to many great East side restaurants.

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Oberlin, Ohio, United States
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The building exteriors and grounds are nice and the view of the Capitol is so great that it is protected from tall buildings between built that would obstruct it. That said, this museum needs a lot of work in terms of curation of objects, restoration, and guide training to really be worthy of a visit as it's a bit off... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

I love this tourist stop. You don't get a lot of French history in Texas, but this place has lots of personity and background. The grounds are usually beautiful. The guides are typically really knowledgeable, but the last few times we've gone, they've been closed for renovation, or for an event, or not doing tours, so call ahead. If it's... More 

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Fulton, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

We took the French Legation tour almost as an afterthought and it was very much worth the effort. Free street parking is available in front of the property and on side streets. The gift shop/ticket office includes an exhibit about the Pig "war" -explained humorously by our well-informed tour guide. The tour explains how the property came to be and... More 

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Kemah, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

This small museum cost only $5 to visit and was very interesting. My friend and I got there just as a tour was leaving, and we were invited to join the tour and then pay later. First, we toured the main house, which is quite small but was nicely preserved. After leaving the house, we went to the detached kitchen... More 

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