Bullock Texas State History Museum

We’re so happy to welcome you back to the Bullock Museum’s exhibitions and IMAX® Theatre! The Museum galleries, IMAX® Theatre, Texas Spirit Theater, and Museum Store are now open. Using the guidelines recommended by national, state and local authorities, we have carefully implemented new safety procedures to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Learn More about how we’re providing the safest possible experience.

Please note: The Bullock Museum’s hours have changed. Exhibitions are now open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The IMAX® Theatre is open for documentaries during exhibition hours and for IMAX® feature film showtimes Wednesday through Sunday. The Texas Spirit Theater is open for multi-sensory films with reduced effects, Wednesday to Friday.

Exhibits

With three floors of expansive exhibition space showcasing hundreds of original artifacts, discover an ever-changing experience in the Texas History Galleries. New artifacts are continually added, bringing new stories to the Museum each month.

The 300-year-old shipwreck La Belle is the central artifact in the Becoming Texas exhibit that introduces new scholarship on early Texas history and anchors the Museum’s permanent galleries. Additional galleries explore more than 16,000 years of history, from the earliest American Indian civilizations to inhabit the land, European colonization, and the Texas Revolution, to civil rights, space exploration, pop culture, and beyond. These experiences offer opportunities to discuss identity, conflict, innovation, technology, the arts, and much more.

In addition to the Museum’s Texas History Galleries, two special exhibition spaces host a variety of relevant and engaging exhibitions featuring artifacts from all over the world, immersive multimedia installations, and engaging experiences for all ages.

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Programs

Adults and children can explore the Story of Texas together. The Bullock Museum offers a full calendar of hundreds of programs and events each year, with something for all ages and interests. Programs include engaging talks and lectures, casual and inviting social events and live music, interactive activities for children and families, film screenings and Q&As with filmmakers and experts, and fun, large-scale community events.

**In order to continue providing educational programming to our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bullock Museum programs and events have GONE VIRTUAL.

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Theaters

Discover history, science, and culture through film in the Museum’s two theaters, which support the Museum’s exhibitions and educational programming through ticket sales. The Bullock Museum provides the only IMAX® with Laser film experience in the state on the biggest screen in Texas. The Texas Spirit Theater features immersive special effects and hosts screenings of the Museum’s signature films, Star of Destiny and Shipwrecked.

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More than nine million visitors from around the state and all over the world have explored Texas history and culture at the Bullock Texas State History Museum since it opened in 2001. From fun family programs to one-of-a-kind artifacts, the Bullock Museum is the best place to experience Texas.

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Members receive free admission to the exhibitions and IMAX documentaries, as well as discounts in the Museum Store and much more! Your membership support helps chart the course for tomorrow by enabling us to provide outstanding exhibitions and educational programming. Join Today!

location

1800 Congress Ave. (map)

hours

Wednesday - Sunday, 10am-5pm

admissions

Exhibits: $13 adults; $11 seniors/military/students; $9 youths age 4 - 17; FREE under 4. IMAX Documentaries: $9 adults, $8 seniors/military/students; $7 youths age 4 - 17. IMAX Feature Films: $14 adults, $12 seniors/military/students; $11 youths age 4 - 17. Additional ticket discounts available for Museum members and groups.

phone

(512) 936 - 8746

website

www.thestoryoftexas.com

upcoming events

January 26, 2021 | 10:00 AM

TEXAS HISTORY TUESDAYS: First Encounters – When the Conquistadors Met the Karankawa

Two Opportunities to Connect Online: 10am & 1pm

A museum educator, primary sources, and interesting content is a winning instructional combination. These programs are typically taught to elementary and middle school audiences, but we invite anyone who is looking for an enriching and fun experience to connect with us. How did early American Indians encounter their environment, other tribes, and the Spanish conquistadors in the vast landscape that would become Texas? A Museum educator will lead students as they search for evidence from artifacts and paintings to explore stories that reveal what impact these first encounters made upon these early Texans. Program is FREE to the public. Zoom webinar registration required. You'll be able to ask questions during the Q and A at the end of the program.

For more information, including registration and extension activities, visit the Bullock Museum website.

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January 28, 2021 | 7 pm

B Movies and Bad History: Outbreaks

Explore the stories behind on-screen outbreaks.

With the threat of a pandemic no longer a possibility but a reality, join experts from the fields of film and public health for a look back at some of the best (and worst) examples of outbreaks on screen. From the laughable to the plausible, you'll see these flicks in a whole new light.

Your Support Matters

Tickets for this event are FREE for Bullock Museum members and $5 for general public. Your ticket purchase directly supports the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and educational programming.

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February 4, 2021 | 12pm

High Noon Talk: Managed Migrations

Discover the Texas origins of policing the US-Mexico border.

High Noon Talks highlight interesting and often untold topics through a casual lunch-time lecture. Join Dr. Cristina Salinas for a conversation about her award-winning book, Managed Migrations, which has been described as "a study as paramount as it is timely." This work examines the concurrent development of a border agricultural industry and changing methods of border enforcement in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas during the past century. Program is FREE to the public.

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February 9, 2021 | 10 AM

TEXAS HISTORY TUESDAYS: What Makes Texas, Texas?

Two Opportunities to Connect Online: 10am & 1pm

A museum educator, primary sources, and interesting content is a winning instructional combination. These programs are typically taught to elementary and middle school audiences, but we invite anyone who is looking for an enriching and fun experience to connect with us. What do you picture when you think about Texas? How much do you know about the symbols chosen by our Legislature? Which symbols of Texas are your favorites? A Museum Educator will lead students as they discover the important elements and symbols that represent our great state through sight and sound. Program is FREE to the public. Zoom webinar registration required. You'll be able to ask questions during the Q and A at the end of the program.

For more information, including registration and extension activities, visit the Bullock Museum website.

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February 17, 2021 | 6 pm

Viva Texas Vino

Join us online for a fun and flavorful night exploring Texas wine.

Be our guest as certified Sommelier Jessica Dupuy leads a happy hour conversation with winemakers from across the state all focused on Texas-made Italian varietals. Discover the characteristics of these wines while learning about the history of the industry in Texas. Pick up a bottle in advance so you can compare vintages with experts from the comfort of your couch during this online program.

Your Support Matters

Tickets for this event are FREE for Bullock Museum members and $5 for general public. Your ticket purchase directly supports the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and educational programming.

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