A 35-foot bronze Lone Star sculpture greets visitors at the entrance of this epic museum. This place narrates the story of ... More
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
A 35-foot bronze Lone Star sculpture greets visitors at the entrance of this epic museum. This place narrates the story of Texas, sharing its its rich cultural heritage and traditions. The three floors of the impressive building present interactive exhibits, special effects shows and more. On the first floor you will find a permanent exhibit called Encounters on the Land, which highlights the first meetings between Native Americans and European explorers. The second and third floors have exhibits on the Land and Opportunity that showcase the evolution of Texas from the time of its inception. The museum boasts a total of 17 media installations and over 700 artifacts (not to mention Austin's only IMAX Theatre . After so much fun, visitors may wish to stop for a snack at the cafe or shop for souvenirs in the museum store. See website for events calendar, special exhibition info, ticketing details, group rates, IMAX movie showtimes and more.
The museum itself was nice and well-kept, but I got the impression that they were a bit stuck on themselves. A lot of the displays were not real -- merely reproductions yet put behind locked glass as if they were valuable. Photography was not allowed and I found that ridiculous -- especially since there were a lot or reproductions. There were far fewer actual displays than I thought there would be for a museum of this size. It took just a short time to view everything and I thought it would be an all-day experience. I think this museum just scraped the surface of Texas history. The Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio paints a much better picture of our rich history, without the snobbery.
Many of the displays are quite impressive and the museum gives the grand sweep of Texas history. Beware that some "artifacts" are not authentic, but recreations for effect.
One big negative to beware of is that the museum and many of its displays are rife with far-left ideological bias. They have a "display" on immigration which in no way presents an unbiased view. Critics of unlimited immigration, even illegal immigration, are cast as no better than Klan-like bigots. In addition, segregationists from the past are simply called "conservatives" in order to disparage contemporary conservatives. It's still a worthy visit, but come with your eyes and mind wide open ready to distinguish between serious history and radical left-wing agitprop.
I liked the seats in the Spirit Theater, the rattlesnake on screen was crazy, because all of a sudden the seat moved and it felt like the snake was going to get me. The misty "rain" was cool as well. The exhibits were awesome, alot of neat things to look at. And the cost? Cheap. Especially with a military discount. Parking costs 5 bucks, but it also gives you a $2 discount on admission. Very cool place to learn the history of Texas.
I found it very refreshing to see a museum that took a HARD look at Texas history, which was pretty beneficial as a background for future sightseeing. There were two terrible things... the first being the "Revolution!" movie. Later we find out that the overly Patriotic Tejano narrator was forced to leave Texas by the very people he fought to free - one of the examples of the honestly of the place. I actually felt sorry for the Mexican government by the time the Battle of San Jacinto took place.
What is absolutely terrible is the third floor exhibit on the oil industry. A VERY small sign reveals that it was paid for by ExxonMobil. In a free museum, I could forgive this, but not in one I paid admission for.
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum was educational, lol, and they had a lot of things. It was quite interesting. Also, strangely fun, and it wasn't that boring as I thought it would be. There were cool artifacts from a long time ago, like a dead body from this ship. In addition to those things, there were a lot of mini theatres right next to some of the exhibits, and they showed a short, interesting documentary.
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