Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin - Address, Phone Number
Address: 1800 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, United States
Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
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About Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin
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 Information
- There is a cafe on the premises.
- The first Sunday of every month is free.
- Parking in the garage is $8 a car but meter spaces are available free during the weekend. Parking garage is free after 06:00 pm.
- Presently there is a free exhibit entitled 1968.
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum Ticket Prices
- For Adult: 12$
- 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 by Public Transport
- 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.
Restaurants Near Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
- Coco’s Cafe
- Clay Pit
- Scholz Garten
- The Carillon
- Veggie Heaven
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I really enjoyed this museum. It's three floors of some pretty comprehensive Texas history. You really get a good perspective on why Texans have such pride in their state and identity, I had no idea the history the people and state went through. On the bottom floor you will find a large colonial ship, movie theater and a rotating exhibit I think (prohibition when I went). Second floor is the Wild West days, and about the land and farming. Up on the top you will find info closer to modern times about media, oil and war. Overall, well worth the money, for adults and kids.
I loved this museum! It was a quality experience overall, and we learned a lot from the exhibits they had available. The first floor they’re currently running an exhibit on Prohibition, and it was easily one of the highlights of the museum for me. They reviewed key players in the prohibition act, and the woman’s suffrage movement. There were several interactive experiences that made it all the more fun. The second floor was more Texas History based, and we had a wonderful guide go over the woes of Sam Houston. They also had a nice cafe where you can get some refreshments. The third floor was another special exhibit focused on video games. They had a ton available to play with, and it was definitely a positive experience. I would go again! This is definitely a great museum for older kids. Parking was $10 and they had an attached garage. We parked there and explored downtown for the rest of the day on foot. Staff was very friendly and helpful.
Getting the Museum aside, it was great! HOWEVER, the main attraction for me here is the IMAX theater! Recently upgraded to a Dual Laser Projection System, and what I believe is 11.2 audio—oh, don’t forget that it’s Texas’ biggest screen at 102.5’—this has quite possibly the BEST picture and sound to any theater I’ve ever been to!
They have a free day each month - GO!! Don't even think about it. For tourists who happened to come at the wrong time, still worth a visit. Very cool exhibits and at least one traveling exhibit. Would highly recommend; spent 3+ hours there and still didn't get to everything.
Always changing to include fascinating new exhibits of relevant Texas history. This time had informational display of Hurricane Harvey. Our guest from the UK was enthralled with the rich Texas history so well presented.