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“Don't let the neighborhood fool you”

The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum
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The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum and Texas Ranger Museum
Ranked #31 of 271 things to do in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

Nearby attractions include "chain" tourist traps like Ripley's, so I wrongly assumed that this was more of the same. Fortunately the missus knew something about this place. It's the real deal. The Ranger museum alone is worth a visit by anyone interested in the history of law enforcement. The animal collection is huge. The oddities are varied. If you have visited Clarke's Trading Post in Lincoln, N.H., then you might think of this place as the Clarke's of San Antonio. If you like history and/or wildlife, you will spend two to three hours here.

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Tyler20, Director of Sales at The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 29, 2013

Thank you for the kind words. We are so pleased that you and your "missus" had a good time at the museum. Spread the word and please come back and see us the next time you are in San Antonio.

Sincerely,

Karen Bippert
Director of Sales & Marketing
The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum and Texas Ranger Museum

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Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

If you love cool museums, and Texas, you'll love this place. The taxidermy and artifacts are numerous and amazing. From three headed animals, to giant elephants, to lots of antique guns. There is also a decent restaraunt, bar, and gift shp in the museum.

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Tyler20, Director of Sales at The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 29, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to review our museums. We work hard at making our exhibits compelling and interesting and we are pleased that you enjoyed yourself. Please come back again soon.

Sincerely,

Karen Bippert
Director of Sales & Marketing
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Reviewed January 12, 2013 via mobile

It was fairly pricey I thought but it went on forever! In a good way. My only complaint would be that some stuff could have been labeled/explained better. Overall, interesting
If we had had our children with us we would not have gotten our money's worth!.

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Tyler20, Director of Sales at The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 29, 2013

Thank you for your review of our museums. Our ticket prices are comparable with many of the downtown attractions and we like to mention that they are good for two days. So if you don't get to see everything the first day, you are welcome back the next. We appreciate your comments about the signage and are working to update it soon. Hopefully the next time that you return it will be better than ever. Thanks so much!

Sincerely,

Karen Bippert
Director of Sales & Marketing
The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum and Texas Ranger Museum

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Reviewed January 12, 2013

Found the texas rangers part very interesting but the rest of it was just to many dead animals for my taste. The bar was large and surprised at being able to enter the museum with drinks.

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Reviewed January 11, 2013

My husband and I took a one night trip to San Antonio for our Anniversary. During the day we went to the Buckhorn Saloon and had a blast! They have a full bar and museum. You get to grab a beer or whatever and walk around the museum checking out all the fun facts about the Texas Rangers and tons of fun animals to see. Plan to spend a few hours here, there are so many things to read and look at.

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