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“Lots to See!”

The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum
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The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum and Texas Ranger Museum
Ranked #32 of 265 things to do in San Antonio
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: For over 135 years, The Buckhorn Saloon has been known as a gathering place for good conversation, great food and spectacular wildlife exhibits. Explore the 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 lunch 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. Call for exact closing times. Summer hours 10AM to 9PM. Off season hours vary. 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: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
Nashville, TN
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196 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Lots to See!”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

We stopped in for a visit at the Buckhorn Saloon and had some peanuts and a Lone Star beer. Unlike other establishments in San Antonio, you can take pictures in here of anything you like. We did not go through the museum but we did enjoy sitting at the bar for a few beers and talking to the cowboys out front. We had to stop in just because it's the oldest bar in San Antonio and we did take pictures of some critters!

Visited October 2012
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Huntington Beach, California
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“Just the Food”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

This review is only about the food. We had finished touring the Alamo and wanted an early lunch. We might have toured the museum but decided to skip it after not hearing anything convincing that it was a must see event.

We arrived fairly early with the kitchen having just opened at 11:00 am. We were the only ones at the bar surrounded by the taxidermied heads of just about every species of North American animal there is. Initially as the only people at the bar we had a chance to talk to the bartender about his past, the museum's past and what it was like to live in San Antonio. That was entertainment enough.

The beer was cold. The pulled pork sandwich was, as the bartender had suggested, to die for. The meal was very satisfying and the company even better. This looks to be more of a family place and in that role, I bet it does very well. But it also proved to be a nice interlude from our tour of the city and would be recommended for a quit bite to eat.

Visited September 2012
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Tyler20, Director of Sales at The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
Hello,

Thanks for taking the time to review our museum. We are very pleased that your pulled pork sandwich was "to die for." We think it's pretty good too! Thanks so much for visiting The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum we hope you will come back soon for another visit, and another sandwich! Have a great day!

Sincerely,

Karen Bippert
Director of Sales & Marketing
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Columbia, Missouri
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“Pricey but good”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

We stopped here for lunch while we were in town. Both the food and the museum were pricey, but the food was good and the museum upstairs was a good thing to see once. You have to be ok with animal mounts to even walk in here - they are everywhere, which I thought was super cool. They even have an elephant, giraffe, etc. The "cowboy" at the front door was super friendly in greeting us and telling us about the place. I would definitely go back to eat and sit downstairs, but the museum upstairs is about $20 per person and it's really only something I need to see once.

Visited October 2012
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Henderson, Nevada
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“"Buckhorn Saloon, Heads on a wall and the Texas Rangers..."”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

The Buckhorn Saloon and the attached Texas Ranger Museum is an interesting and unique attraction near the Alamo. Unless your not a fan of trophy hunting and taxidermy. In that case, stay away, far, far away. If the sight of dead stuffed animals offends you, walk past the Buckhorn.

The Buckhorn Saloon has been in operation since 1881 and I was told that to this day they will grant a free drink at the bar to anyone who brings in an animal horn for trade. 1 animal horn = 1 free drink and apparently a lot of free drinks have been dispensed over the years as there are more animal horns of every species imaginable than you will ever see anywhere I suspect. The number of deer antlers, some of them world records, will likely be of interest to the deer hunter. The bar itself is period to the 1800's (see photo) and is worth seeing, perhaps having a beer or two at just to say you did.

Additionally, there is an extensive collection of stuffed animals of every variety imaginable. In recent years this practice has gone "out of fashion" for many, but it is an impressive display of well done taxidermy mounts covering two floors of the saloon.

There is a lunch counter where you can order and then sit in the bar area till your food is delivered. Mostly burgers, chicken sticks and such. Nothing all that good, but nothing all that bad. I suspect people do not come to the Buckhorn for the culinary experience. However, if your hungry the chicken sticks and burgers we ordered were good, delivered quickly and fairly priced. Eat, drink and take in the atmosphere of a really unique 1880's era establishment.

The Texas Ranger Museum is attached to the Buckhorn and has three rooms of every kind of Texas Ranger memorabilia. It has a set of very large display cases that highlight the life and achievements of Texas Ranger past and present. I found the collections of ranger badges in the exhibits and on the walls (see photo) particularly interesting. Of course I had heard of the Texas Rangers, but learned alot about their history from the museum.

We spent around two hours in the Buckhorn and I would recommend it for what it is, a very unique bar and taxidermy collection. The ranger museum is an added bonus. Worth the price of admission I think.

Visited September 2012
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Tyler20, Director of Sales at The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
Hello and thanks for the great review. I really should have had you write the description of our museum. You did a great job. Thanks so much for your review and please come back again for a visit.

Sincerely,

Karen Bippert
Director of Sales & Marketing
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Nancy, France
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“Don't miss it !”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

The Riverwalk restaurants and bars are of course very pleasant and exciting, but the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum is with no doubt our favorite place in San Antonio. There you know you're in Texas !
We have been there several times over the years and each time we have the same feeling on how much impressive this old saloon is when we step in, it has really a very special atmosphere. The museum is beautifully done, with all sorts of stuffed animals and fun exhibits. The part about the Texas Rangers is quite interesting.
The bar is so nice, they have excellent Margaritas and local beers. Service is excellent too, very friendly. Food is good; last time we got briskets sandwichs for a very reasonable price.
The staff welcomes you re-enacting historical characters - it's a time travel ! T-Bob as Buffalo Bill is just fabulous !!
Be sure to not miss this place when you're in town !

Visited July 2012
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