Bob Bullock Texas State History MuseumCurrently Closed
- Address: 1800 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, United States
- Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: 512-9368746
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Museums, Educational Site, Memorial, Cafe, Entertainment, Performance, Play, Theatre, Cinema, Family And Kids, Architecture , Exhibition
Just a few blocks up north of the Capitol Building stands the hi-tech Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Named after the state’s former lieutenant governor who envisioned the museum’s existence, this eye catching building aims to tell ‘the Story of Texas’. With a giant structure of a star erected in the front that’s sure to catch your eye and a display that’s interestingly divided into ‘land’, ‘identity’ and ‘opportunity’, it’s no wonder that this museum is regarded as one of Austin’s jewels.
The museum stretches out over 175,000 square feet and includes a 400 seat IMAX theater that runs both 2-D and 3-D shows, a 200 seat ‘Storytelling Theater’, an indoor/outdoor cafe, a 7000 square foot area for temporary exhibits and all the basic amenities. Open to the public in 2001, this museum attracts all kinds of people all unified in their desire to learn more about Texan history. Fascinating exhibits of all kinds are displayed within these walls, like the collections of the ‘Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’, ‘The Civilian Conservation Corps’ and the brilliant poster exhibit ‘When Austin Got Weird’. If you have small kids and a few hours on your hands, then this is a great place to go. They always have new exhibits on display, and these prove to be highly informative especially for those new to America! You’ll be surprised at the cultural and historical significance of the city.
Over the years, some exhibitions that really caught people’s attention surrounded tough subjects such as immigration, the economy of ‘White Gold’ which on the cotton industry, an industry marred with slavery, and the Civil War. These still run, with new artifacts and information being added every few months. Numerous events and programs throughout the year complement the exhibitions and generate thought provoking conversations as well as fun activities. This makes each exhibit educational, fun for everyone and something that will stay in your mind for a long time to come. In the museum’s 12 years of existence, it has enthralled excited and evoked memories of an olden day Austin.
- There is a cafe on the premises.
- The first Sunday of every month is free.
- Parking in the garage is $8 a car but meter spaces are available free during the weekend. Parking garage is free after 06:00 pm.
- Presently there is a free exhibit entitled 1968.
- For Adult: 12$
- For Student: 10$
- Under 18- 8$
- FREE for Members.
- Free for ages 3 and under.
- Tickets are available at the Museum or online.
- IMAX ticket prices vary.
- Routes stopping in the immediate vicinity: 142 Metric Flyer; 103 Manchaca Flyer; 110 South Central Flyer; 464 MLK Jr/Capitol.
- Via Metro Rapid: 801.
- Via Metro Rail: Redline to MLK Jr Station > 464 MLK Jr/Capitol Connector.
- Coco’s Cafe
- Clay Pit
- Scholz Garten
- The Carillon
- Veggie Heaven
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95% of people who visit Austin include Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
66.67% of people start their Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
61.54% of people prefer walking in order to reach Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Loved it! Highly recommended to anyone interested in learning about the Texan culture. Compared to many other museums I've visited around the world, this one is a value-for-money. The average visiting time, according to the staff, was 1.5 hours. But I ended up there 4.5 hours! (I came from abroad so didn't know much about the US history.) Learn a lot and had fun. Thank you very much.
Great museum. Really does a great job teaching Texas history. Cool exhibits. Old boat, Texan training plane, old guns with cool stories. Even a replica of the statue on 5op of the state capitol building..... From the looks of her she was meant to be viewed from far away. Convenient parking garage located under building. Walking distance from the capitol building.
This museum is totally worth seeing, especially if you're Texan. Really friendly staff and docents. Great exhibits. Great views from their cafe. Texas Spirit movie was totally worth it! Great, interactive movie. Beautiful building, too. All of it was really well planned and built. Loved it!
I love this place. It is a good place for adults and kids. My kids are in the middle age maybe this is why they don't enjoy going to the museum. But we still go once in a while on the first Sunday of every month that is when is free to go in. I will say it would be a great date for married couples if you all are having troubled on where to go out for a date like me and my husband. We will go and am sure we will be very happy with no kids, exploring for more than 3 hours. It is a fun place to relax and enjoy the TEXAS history.
We originally thought we'd only spend an hour or 2 in this museum... We ended up spending about 4 hours here -- there's so much to see! If you're interested in learning more about the history of Texas, this is the place to go. We loved the whole museum, and the cafe did a great lunch too with healthy veggie options.