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“WHAT THE WEST WAS REALLY LIKE!”

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum
Ranked #3 of 75 things to do in Waco
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

This is the real mccoy! Everything you wanted to know about the history of the famous Texas Rangers. Actual pistols, saddles, videos, dioramas, even a movie room devoted to Hollywood movies about the Rangers (or actors who played them). The weapons collection is worth the visit. Also liked the Bonny & Clyde exhibit. Great bookstore with lots of Texas history titles available.

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Reviewed February 14, 2013

I am a Texas history buff and ex-law enforcement officer, so this was a perfect place to see history for both. The museum is designed so that you can start from the first and progress up through the history of the Ranger service. I particularly liked the sections devoted to the more better known Rangers of the past. Great history lessons. The Modern Day Ranger room was of particular interest to me. I actually knew and worked with many of the Rangers highlighted in that section. Brought back many old...and good memories.

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

We stopped here at the suggestion of our friends and weren't disappointed. The collection of Texas Ranger artifacts and memorabilia, especially the incredible number of different types of guns, was expansive. We are both native Texans and discovered how much we didn't know about the role that the Rangers played and are still playing in Texas history.

2  Thank Suzanne T
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

We stoped here and spent all day walking around the site. They had guns of all shapes and sizes.They showed how some of these rangers lived and took care of business. I was very impressed with the way it was put together. The only drawback was the fire ants that were all over the park.

1  Thank Fleetwood-MH
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

The Texas Ranger Museum is a somber reminder of the hardships of the past. The Texas settlers had to fight Indians, cattle rustlers and outlaws, and they needed help. In 1823, Stephen Austin called for men to range about to protect settlers, and the men would band and disband as needed. Years later in 1874, established the full time position of Texas Ranger. Whatever you think about the legend of the Texas Ranger, this museum will establish that the truth is more amazing than fiction. These were men who were larger than life, and their stories seem too incredible to be true. This museum will establish that the legend of the Texas Ranger is well deserved.

The museum can be awkward to find with some construction near by, but its off the highway on a service road so do what you need to find it.

Its a single story building with ample parking. It is handicap friendly. The museum is a collection of rooms with most of the displays on the walls, so its easy to navigate around, there were several elderly men with walkers, and one in a wheelchair, who seem to be able to get around without difficulty. You can view the displays at your leisure, some will be more interesting to each person's taste. There is a video which appears to be an episode from a cable show, about 20 or 30 minutes long; ensure you find out when this will be playing. My suggestion is to watch the film first as it will provide good background and understanding of the rest of the museum.

There is a well stocked gift shop with gifts for all ages. We purchased souvenirs there to be used as Christmas gifts. There are several bathrooms, all were well maintained, and handicap facilities are available.

Any trip to Waco should include a visit to this museum.

1  Thank dagmara56
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