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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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1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The oldest existing home in Austin that was the oldest foreign legation...

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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Authentically French

I'm French and I can tell you that everything in this little museum is authentic! Similar furniture and kitchen utensils in our family house in France. The tour is very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2015
Houston, Texas

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Austin, Texas
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I highly recommend the guided tour of the historic house and reconstructed kitchen - you won't regret it! The French Legation is Austin's oldest standing wooden structure (yes, there are rumors that it's haunted). It's a great place to learn about old Austin, stretching back to when Texas was a republic. The guides have some fantastic stories! Ask about the... More 

Thank CuriousOptimist
Houston, Texas
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46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I'm French and I can tell you that everything in this little museum is authentic! Similar furniture and kitchen utensils in our family house in France. The tour is very interesting and lets you delve into history. We loved it!

1 Thank FlorenceK4
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14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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 

1 Thank Ratcats
Dallas, Texas
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

1 Thank Karan C
Austin, Texas
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312 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 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 

1 Thank La E
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35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 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!

1 Thank Michigamme
Georgetown, Texas
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136 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 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 

2 Thank NTSU1975
Austin, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank DAshley27
Oberlin, Ohio, United States
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63 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 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 

Thank Janet M
San Antonio, Texas
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284 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 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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