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Bullock Texas State History Museum

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Museum that chronicles the history of Texas with three themed exhibits: Land, Identity and Opportunity.
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1800 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-1342
+1 512-936-8746
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Good place to go if need to kill sometime. Otherwise an a above average modern museum. Interesting stuff including a recovered pre civil was ship.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 937jeffg
Reviewed 1 week ago

Best place to learn about Texas in Texas (and that means the world to me.) The Imax is great. See film on Texas.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Imprimis
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very interesting and informative museum. The exhibits were varied and covered centuries of Texas history. To see it all would take a few hours but it is worth a visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Johanna M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We knew we wanted to explore some history of Austin and also wanted to see the latest Aquaman move in IMAX! It was great to find both in one location and it was fairly easy to access for someone not from this area. The movie...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am not a big museum-goer, but we had a couple hours to kill on a Sunday afternoon and I had heard that museum admission is free from 12-5 PM on Sundays. We arrived at 12:20 and it was fairly crowded and sort of hard...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are not from Texas(And We’re Not) But Live Here now(We Do), the Bob Bullock Museum is a must See in order to get a better understanding of Texas History. It is very Thorough and gives one a Beautiful story About the Great State...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you love the history of Texas and the Austin area this IS the place for you! Very clean. Not crowded during the weekdays. So much to see. Snack shop And gift shop located on site.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I came here with my 8 year old son and my sister. It took us a good 2 1/2 to walk through. My 8 year old loved it.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fabulous exhibits pertaining to Texas. Learned a lot that the internet search won't provide. A whole array of visual depiction of Texas from European settlement, pre civil war era up to the last 20 years, gives a lot of insight to viewers. There is interest...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank gangaram1979
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I ended up spending almost 4 hours here visiting all the exhibits! Three floors of stuff to see, organized to take you through Texas’ history from very early to modern times. The museum seems new and updated, with clean restrooms and helpful...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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January 19, 2019|
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Response from sjwsjw579 | Reviewed this property |
IMAX-$14. for features (& well worth it) while there are varying prices below that for exhibits. Parking in the garage is $8. and during construction of the new garage next door, street parking is limited. There are some... More
Martin A
July 22, 2018|
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Response from Jeff A | Reviewed this property |
Given 4 - 17 $9.00 then under 4 are free but you should call the museum to confirm.
May 4, 2018|
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Response from Diane P | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we also arrived around that time. We saw the whole museum but toward the end we were rushed. Depends on how much you read but I would think 3 hrs is ample time. Have fun.
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Hey Guys, You were a great help to make our tour to Austin to a big experience. We have travelled the world, and I must admit that our tour to Austin was one of the best...ever...period!! What a awesome city, nice people, Willy Nelson at ALC (Darrel Royal charity, march 28), Longhorns at Myers, music all over the town, Guadalupe around Campus, Six Street, Lamar and of course SoCo... our new all time favorit place. We were visiting the green hills west of Austin, and we powershopped not only...More
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Glad you had a great trip - sounds like you hit a lot of our great spots!
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Recommendations for Dec 19 - 21st in Austin (3 Replies)
We (40ish couple - no kids) will be arriving in Austin late on the 18th and will be there until the 21st -- here are some of our travel ideas: Free Guided Historic Walking Tour (the Congress Ave & 6th Ave version) Bullock State History Museum Zilker Botanical Gardens (okay in Winter???) and someone has already recommended the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. We also enjoy wine tasting -- we have the list of wineries in the Austin travel guide -- but no sense of whether you can visit...More
December 13, 2009|
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Thank you for the wine map link. Do you know anyone who has taken the free tour? Just wondering if it's worth it or not. Thanks.
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Trip report. January 2016 (1 Replies)
Thanks to everyone for their advice. DH and I (active seniors) stayed 2 nights Best western IH 35. Someone on forum suggested this when we found downtown hotels booked or expensive due to big convention. Location is convenient to roads into downtown. Hotel is basic and clean. Definitely Stop at visitor center by state Capitol. Learned about parking garage with 1 hour free parking. Sorry I don't remember address but it's on street next to visitor center. Also suggested German restaurant and...More
April 03, 2016|
Response fromMrTed|
Thanks for coming back and telling how things went! Sounds like you had a good time. 6pm on a weekday is too early for music on 6th Street. The Continental Club on South Congress is the only place I can think of that does early shows.