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The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum
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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: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed March 1, 2013

We had lunch in the café, just burgers and such, then toured the museum. It was worth the time, but it is a bit pricey ($18/person), and many of the stuffed animals are unlabeled. Better signage would really improve the experience. Many animals I had never seen, or seen only on TV. The Texas Ranger portion was a bit dry, but worth walking through.

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Reviewed February 28, 2013

Staying with friends who live in San Antonio, how could I now go and see the Alamo after being brought up on the old westerns it was a must. San Antonio itself is a lovely, colourful place there is a specially built canal area close to the Hilton Hotel where everyone sits around with HUGE drinks whilst live Mexican music is playing, its has a real festival atmosphere. There are boutique type shops selling everything from carvings to Tex Mex pots, certainly a great way to spend the day.
However the Alamo was a total let down, it is a small building now a museum not at all like the movies although still interesting but how John Wayne ws chosen to play the lead roll when the real person was half his size, it was shock to see the mans clothes encased in glass and he was tiny !!! Even so San Antonio is worth a visit.

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Reviewed February 17, 2013

We visited the saloon as part of our city tour. There are so much to see in this place that you will want to spend hours there. When you first go in the entrance you will see hundreds of antlers on the ceiling. Once inside all you can do is say Wow. There are so many animal heads and antlers on the walls, floor, and ceilings that you it is hard to decide were to look. There are a lot of other displays from around the world. There is a large area about the Texas Rangers, amazing. There is a display of Bonnie and Clyde, and a ocean display.
The saloon has a restaurant that you can have lunch in but the menu is limited. But remember there are thousand of animal eyes watching you while you eat.

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Reviewed February 17, 2013

If your into horns, this is your place. If your into history, forget it. The Texas Ranger Museum was a very small portion of this exhibit. 90% of it was horns. Very expensive and not worth the money. The saloon is not in it's original location.

1  Thank Kevin E
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

We were greeted at the front door by a Texan cowboy and it just got better from there.

We were told that we could buy a drink from the bar and take it with us through the museum . Being Aussies that was an offer we couldn't refuse! Beer in hand we entered the Texas ranger museum which has got lots of interactive exhibits with sound effects - ie snoring from the prison cell, typing from the publishing room etc. Lots to read and learn about the history of the Texan rangers.

But wait there was more, a section containing examples of some old west carnival shows and displays - ie the worlds smallest elephant - lots of hands on fun for the little and not so little kids!

If taxidermie is your interest you can feast your eyes on just about every creature big and small here.

And then at the end of all that the saloon bar is open and serves great food, and of course cold beer!

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