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“A way to "kill" time”

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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Tampa Bay, Florida
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A way to "kill" time”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013 via mobile

We stopped here after visiting the Alamo. Not sure it was worth the admission price though. Lots of dead animals, some very unusual ones, and history of the Texas Rangers. It was fun to sit at the oldest saloon in Texas afterwards and have a cold Lone Star. Just don't expect much more than that and know that you are over-paying for silly entertainment. If you run out of other things to do, you might check this place out.

Thank cindersmom
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Tyler20, Director of Sales at The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
Thanks so much for your review. I loved the pun, "a way to kill time," very funny. :)
We do have hundreds of animals on display from all over the world, but we definitely don't try to hide that from our guests. The moment you step through the saloon doors, you will see mounts all over the walls. These animals were taken many years ago, some almost 100 years ago, and allowed to be displayed by the generous donors. We take great care and pride in our collection and enjoy having folks, like yourself, visit from all over the world. I don't agree with the "tourist trap" depiction. We are an attraction, but we are also a historic entity and museum and are proud to show off our collection. The "freak show" that you mention in your review refers directly to the carnival of curiosities exhibit. We do have two headed calves, shrunken heads and albino animals, but they are part of a bygone time that we wanted to show off. Sorry if it offended, that wasn't our intention. We are glad that overall you had an enjoyable experience. Thanks again for your review.


Karen Bippert
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Buckhorn Saloon & Museum
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Oshawa, Canada
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“OH MY GOD! Taxidermy Plus!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2013

If you like stuffed animals (Taxidermy) and freak shows etc and have a good time in a tourist trap area like a flea market etc then this is the place for you!

We spent 3 hours here and saw a lot of Taxidermy and freak show items but we we also entertained and amused!

There are definitely things to see here and some to do also!

If you have small children I don't know how well they might react to some of the animals as they are overbearing and may frighten them.

This place is like a carnival sideshow and you should expect the same.

The Texas Ranger Museum is small but interesting and the memorabilia for Bonnie & Clyde limited but interesting.

Visited October 2013
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Clearwater, Florida
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“If you like duck dynasty ...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2013

It is a very different museum. It has a great story on how it began and there are a huge variety of animals. The bar is cool and it is cool to have a col beer in a museum. We loved it. Much better to go to for a local point of view. You can go to a wax museum in any city. This is unique!

Visited October 2013
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Monee, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

I will have nightmares for a while after seeing this place. Any animal you can think of has been killed, taxidermied, and put on display. Sad. And, the tickets were too much many. They were good for 2 days. I certainly did not want to come back for a second day, the first day was gruesome enough. There was no option for a one day only ticket. I wonder if anyone uses the second day? Your ticket did get you 10% off a drink in the saloon if you wanted to carry one through with you. I should have, it might have made it less painful to view. I did like the sideshow section and the Texas Ranger section better. I was glad to get out of there.

Visited October 2013
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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
“Fun place with an incredible amount of memorabilia.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

We were surprised by the size of this place after you enter the front door. It is enormous and has an endless amount of animal taxidermy and Ranger memorabilia. It took us about three hours to complete the tour. The admission price is a little high at $18 per, but the amount of "stuff" in this place makes it well worth it.

Visited October 2013
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