Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum2148 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
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.
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum Travel Tips
- There is a cafe on the premises.
- The first Sunday of every month is free.
- Parking in the garage is $8 a car but meter spaces are available free during the weekend. Parking garage is free after 06:00 pm.
- Presently there is a free exhibit entitled 1968.
Entrance Ticket Details For Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
- For Adult: 12$
- 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.
How to Reach Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
- 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.
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66.67% of people start their Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
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Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum Reviews & Ratings
This is a nice museum with some interesting exhibits. They had just opened an exhibit on WWI before we visited and it was quite interesting. One thing they could improve is explaining the context for their exhibits and why they are being shown. For example, the ship hull of La Belle is quite interesting to see but we had to read all of the plaques in the surrounding area to piece together an idea of what had happened to it. Perhaps a summary plaque could be placed in front of each of the major exhibits or something. Otherwise great though! The underground parking garage was a nice convenience. We were able to leave my car there while exploring the city.
This museum is awesome. We scheduled their short “Star” film for 11 and IMAX of American Journey for 2 pm, all in the same building. Together with a Noon stop at the cafe, made for a great day. The museum is beautifully laid out with artifacts galore. Lots of small films and activities in each section. We arrived about 9:30 which was perfect. Recommend start on floor one (oldest history). Progress to floor 2, finish on floor 3 (most recent events).
One of the most beautiful museums I've been to in a while. The large rotunda is stunning but doesn't compare to the quality exhibits. Awesome representation of our state's history.
There is an abundance of eye catching art & many historical artifacts waiting around every corner. Three stories of TX history through the ages. On Thursdays they have live exhibits where a historian, dressed the part, will take you on the journey and possible provide musical entertainment. Thursday is also field trip day, so plan accordingly. The first and third floors have many interactive pieces for kids young and young at heart to enjoy. The construction downtown doesn't hinder the view (much) nor the way to the parking garage. I should have taken pictures but I, being young at heart and 😉,was a little distracted.
There's a parking lot underneath that costs $10. Walking distance to the capital. Has great AC and makes a great place to escape the heat. The museum is well put together and the prices are pretty good for what you get. If it's your first time visiting Texas this is a great crash course into its history.