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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 #47 of 207 Attractions in San Antonio
Type: Museums
Activities: Drinking, Dining
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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!
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
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Astana, Kazakhstan
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We went for lunch in the saloon. The food is average restaurant food, but the atmosphere is excellent. The kids loved the Saloon game room. The taxidermy is outstanding.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We spent a pleasant couple of hours in the saloon bar drinking local beer and happy hour cocktails. The bar staff was really helpful and informative and the location unique to say the least! We read about how in the lay 1800's customers were able to trade in deer antlers for a whiskey - and there must have been a... More

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Great place to drop in from the TX heat. We had burgers and brisket and it was tasty. The real reason to go is the eclectic atmosphere. It doesn't disappoint. If you have kids-even more of a reason not to skip this joint. You've got to go at least once!

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Friendswood, Texas
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The museum is very interesting. I just found the entrance price a little steep. I had told my party I would just wait outside instead of paying almost $20 to walk around a little museum. The cashier made us a deal and I decided to go in. I was very surprised at how big the museum is! Lots of VERY... More

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Mobile, Alabama
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169 reviews 169 reviews
119 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I stopped in to look at the gift shop and take a few pictures of the outside of the building. After being approached by employees trying to push the museum on you, I considered until they told me the price. Wow! I forfeited that idea quickly. I am not sure exactly what is behind that museum entrance area, but hope... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Played tourist when my sister came to Texas for the first time. I was truly embarrassed of the Texas Ranger Museum. For the price you would expect a lot more and kept up. It was dirty, dusty and exhibits poorly done. Go to the saloon, but forgo the museum.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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56 reviews 56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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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108 reviews 108 reviews
54 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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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67 reviews 67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

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
19 helpful votes 19 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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