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French Legation Museum

Neighborhood: East Austin
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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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Small-Group Tour of Austin and Texas Hill Country

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Lovely sculpture garden and structure.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
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Austin, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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41 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 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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36 attraction reviews
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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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18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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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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19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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95 helpful votes 95 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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globeseeker007
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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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16 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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