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The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum

318 E. Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
+1 210-247-4000
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Ranked #48 of 204 Attractions in San Antonio
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Type: Museums
Activities: Drinking, Dining
Owner description: For over 130 years, The Buckhorn Saloon has been known as a gathering place for good conversation, great food and spectacular wildlife exhibits.... more » Owner description: For over 130 years, The Buckhorn Saloon has been known as a gathering place for good conversation, great food and spectacular wildlife exhibits. Explore the newly remodeled animal halls and prepare yourself for a truly immersive adventure. Practice your sharp shooting skills in our Toepperwein Shooting Gallery and explore over 500 different animals from around the world. The Texas Ranger Museum houses Texas Ranger artifacts including antique revolvers, automatic handguns, shotguns, badges, photographs and much more. Sip a refreshing drink as you stroll through the 33,000 square feet of artifacts from Texas history. Don't forget to grab a bite of delicious Texas BBQ in our Cafe and pick up some souvenirs in our gift shop! The Cafe is open daily for lunch from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Both museums open daily at 10:00 AM and close at 5:00 PM with extended hours during Spring Break, throughout summer and during the holidays. Call for exact closing times. Located two blocks from the Alamo and one block from the Riverwalk, The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum and Texas Ranger Museum have something for everyone! « less
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

First visited in 2008. It was in the top 20% of places visited then and only stepped up a notch on this visit. Very interesting atmosphere, good food and drink in the saloon and the museums are fantastic! Best description I know of is WOW!

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I didn't expect this to be as good as it was, make sure you have a couple of hours to spare, lots to do, then eat at the cafe and wash it down with a large cold beer.

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Tire Hill, PA
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63 reviews 63 reviews
21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We were in San Antonio for a week's vacation and this place came up in our Google search of things to do. I didn't love this place...not at all, but parts of it were worth the visit. We loved the Texas Rangers museum, the history, photos, exhibits, everything (although just about every single crime museum has a "version" of the... More

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Lubbock, Texas
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68 reviews 68 reviews
24 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We were walking around after visiting The Alamo and ran across this place. Very interesting history and viewing. Worth the extra walking to get to. I never knew much about the Texas Rangers. Learned a lot about their history. Nice displays of pictures and artifacts.

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Dripping Springs, Texas
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Your grandkids will love you for taking them to this venue--they will have fun and learn a few things in the process. There are really 5 different museums in the venue. Truely. something for everyone. Many of the items are "one of a kind" and really fun for the kids to see. The taxidamary exhibits are excellent and the range... More

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Austin, Texas
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

A rainy Saturday, so we went to the Museum and ended up spending about 6 hours there. Several museums, including historical exhibits from when the Rough Riders were formed there; an extensive taxidermy collection; and a very interesting museum of the Texas Rangers. After visiting the museums, we had lunch, burgers and pulled pork, at the Saloon downstairs. A full... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

It's a lot like Ripleys believe it or not. There are tons of stuffed animals all over the whole place. And yes they are old but that's part of the history of this place. They have a carnival part with lots of weird oddities, like a two headed cow. The bar is huge and filled with so many animals from... More

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This is a totally awesome saloon/museum with numerous stuffed animals on display. Also worthy of a visit is the Texas Ranger Museum.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This is a neat museum especially the Texas ranger portion. They have a neat little fake western town in there as well. They also aloud you to come for two days on one ticket purchase.

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Houston, Texas
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The food at the salon is ok nothing to write home about and they are average priced for the area. The museum is great i would recommend it to anybody that likes Texas History. The staff and everybody at the saloon and gift shop was very nice and polite and always had a smile. It was a great experience and... More

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