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“Unexpected little museum”

The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum
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The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum and Texas Ranger Museum
Ranked #33 of 266 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: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Fort Worth, Texas
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193 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“Unexpected little museum”
Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

My fourth grader raved about the museum after we went in on a whim (mainly because of its proximity to our parking lot). What a neat little museum. Granted, we do have taxidermists in the family so maybe that made it all the more interesting to us. There are LOTS of animals with an automatic narration that goes over highlights of many animals. Learned so much. Then there's an oddities area, where I was a little concern it would become scary or gross. Thankfully that was not the case. Just mostly optical illusions. This was another favorite part of the tour. It took us about 40 minutes to go through it all. We didn't eat in the saloon area but it all looked good as we passed through on the way to the restrooms. Fourth grader says she'd happily go back there any day.

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Houston, Tx
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“Must have been a bad day at the Buckhorn Saloon”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

Had looked up a number of resturants in downtown San Antonio and decided on the Buckhorn Saloon because of the ratings and atmosphere. However, the food didn't live up to our expectations. I ordered a hamburger and what I would up with with a very disappointing meal. The hamburger had a large bun with a meat patty which was very small..... about 60% of the size it should have been. There was one pickle on the hamburger and the lettuce had brown areas on it. Also I had told the cashier that I wanted mustard on the hamburger and the waiter brought mayonaise. There was no catsup or mustard on the table so had to ask the waiter for mustard & catsup. After waiting for a long time the waiter brought the mustard. Given the amount of time I had to wait for mustard, I decided to go up and get it myself.

Bottomline..... the food was not what I expected given the cost of the food. Perhaps they were breaking in a new cook and waiter but no excuse for what I received.

Visited March 2013
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West Palm Beach
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41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Will never get my business!”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

Although this is not a bar they seem to have purposely setup their operations so that the saloon qualifies as a "51%" establishment. This criminalizes otherwise legal carry of a firearm on the premises - even the restaurant, museum or gift shop.

It's ironic that most of their souvenir tshirts have something to do with guns.

Visited February 2013
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Tyler20, Director of Sales at The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Thanks so much for your review. We are sorry that you were disappointed in our 51% signage in the bar. We work exclusively with Don Strange Catering of Texas on all of our private events and due to that relationship, we were required by the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission to post that signage due to the evening party rental business. Our partnership necessitates this sign and there is nothing The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum can do about it. We are following the law. Thank you again for your comments. We hope you will reconsider visiting another time.


Karen Bippert
Director of Sales & Marketing
The Buckhorn Saloon & Musuem
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Salt Lake City
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160 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
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.

Visited February 2013
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Yalikavak, Turkey
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“The Alamo”
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.

Visited December 2012
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