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Bullock Texas State History Museum

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Neighborhood: Downtown
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Address: 1800 N Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Phone Number: +1 512-936-8746
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Museum that chronicles the history of Texas with three themed exhibits:...

Museum that chronicles the history of Texas with three themed exhibits: Land, Identity and Opportunity.

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A pretty good museum

Overall I'm happy that I went here. There are some pretty unique things here to see. I thought it was particularly interesting that they had either the suit or a replica of the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Overall I'm happy that I went here. There are some pretty unique things here to see. I thought it was particularly interesting that they had either the suit or a replica of the suit that David (the boy in the bubble) wore. I wish they would have given more information about him. There was a great deal of artifacts from... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The different exhibits throughout the year or seasonal have always been quite unique and interestingly educational. Whether you are visiting an exhibit or going to the theater; it is always welcoming and fun. Getting a bit of the downtown "vibe" without being completely into the cumbersome downtown congestion and accessible parking with fair prices. A great memento is always hanging... More 

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Tons of reading but very comprehensive review of Texas history. I enjoyed my trip, spent about 2+ hours here and did not make it through everything if you actually plan to read most exhibits.

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Annandale, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Bullock is good for what it has, though it doesn't have as much as you would expect for such a large building. The cafe was down when we were there, which was disappointing, too. The Austin City Limits exhibit was nice. On the other hand, in the exhibit on the history of the Texas cattle industry, it almost completely... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great museum which tells the story of Texas from the early explorers up to the present day. It's well organized and very doable in two to three hours. Special attention is given to the natural gifts...oil, timber, rice, cotton, etc...that have contributed to the growth and wealth of this interesting state. The highlight for us was a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I took 1 1/2 hours to read, see, and watch videos of Texas history on just 1 of the 3 floors. So much to see and read! We will be coming back to learn more on the other 2 floors. HEB sponsors free admission on the 1st Sunday of each month from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Parking... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We spent a very interesting few hours exploring this museum which gives a fascinating overview of the history of Texas. Strangely hardly anything on the American Indians - and nothing (that we saw) of the Kennedy assassination or the Alamo - significant events in the history of Texas

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Affordable, educational, interactive... what else can you ask for in a family attraction. The museum has lots of exhibits that are all very well curated and together do an excellent job of telling the story of Texas. It's not just walking around and looking at things, though. There is a good amount of interaction, via puzzles, games, interactive audio/video, etc.... More 

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Concord, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must stop in Austin, So much history and this museum tells much of it. Lots to see and keep your attention. More for the adult than the kids, that love history

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not every state history museum presents all of their history...good and bad. While history can be presented in sanitized ways or focus on one perspective or the other, the Bullock museum does an excellent job of walking a person through Texas history through all of its moments, even those like the interment camps for German and Japanese immigrants and the... More 

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