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

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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Il'd live there.

We visited recently and enjoyed it. Interesting history of the house and its inhabitants. Simple floor plan with some original furnishings. Some great views and a few amusing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 8, 2016
Naples, Florida
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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

We visited recently and enjoyed it. Interesting history of the house and its inhabitants. Simple floor plan with some original furnishings. Some great views and a few amusing sculptures in the yard.

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Fort Worth, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

Although I did not have too much time, I made a stop here on a quiet Saturday afternoon. Be sure to research the hours, as the msueum and grounds are only open 1-5 on some days. I did not tour the actual house, but had a look around the perimeter of the grounds. Parking can be limited. The spots at... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

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 

2 Thank CuriousOptimist
Houston, Texas
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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!

3 Thank FlorenceK4
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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 

3 Thank Ratcats
Dallas, Texas
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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.

2 Thank Karan C
Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 via mobile

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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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 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

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