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French Legation Museum

802 San Marcos, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)
512 472 8180
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Ranked #85 of 182 Attractions in Austin
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Description: 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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San Antonio, Texas
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138 reviews 138 reviews
30 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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106 reviews 106 reviews
36 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

I didn't pay 5 dollars for a tour so I didn't see the inside of the building. The environment is nice and it's a good place to think about the glorious past of Texas.

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Austin, Texas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Recently renovation, lovely little house built in 1841, so one of the oldest private residences in Austin. Originally built for the French chargé d’affaires. It is on a hill overlooking downtown Austin with a beautiful view. Small museum so it doesn't take a lot of time.

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Kent, Washington
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113 reviews 113 reviews
26 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

This house, built in 1841, to house the French Charge de'Affaires to the Republic of Texas, was never used for its intended purpose because the capital moved to Houston. It was then used as a family home for a family with 11 children - 5 girls in one room, 6 boys in another. The guided tour was $5 and worth... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

The website for this place gives an interesting history of it. We stopped by for a visit and would have taken a tour. However, there would have been a 40 minute wait and we didn't want to wait that long so we walked around the grounds and took some photos. It is surrounded by a stone fence and the grounds... More

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Kittery Point, Maine
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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

For one who appreciates history, this was said to be the oldest house in Austin Texas, Vintage 1840, that was a drawing card to me. The house sits on several acres inside a 1950 era Stonewall. Around the house are various statues and works of art, mostly modern. From the the road and one views a satisfactory perspective without going... More

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Austin, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

The French Legation stands as a traditional building with a small surrounding lawn on the grounds of what was once the capitol of Texas, France. I find this a compelling and sentimental aspect of the six flags of Texas: Spain, France, Mexico, Territory, Republic (Nation), Confederate State, American State. Bonjour et bonchance, y'all.

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

This is very unique because it is the oldest house in Austin. The grounds are lovely and definitely worth the visit.

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