Bullock Texas State History Museum

Update: September 12, 2020. We’re so happy to welcome you back to the Bullock Museum’s exhibitions and IMAX® Theatre! The Museum galleries, IMAX® Theatre, 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. 

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.

With three floors of expansive exhibition space showcasing more than 700 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.

Now on view, the shipwreck La Belle is the central artifact in the new Becoming Texas exhibit that introduces new scholarship on early Texas history and anchors the museum’s permanent galleries. Additional galleries introduce you to artifacts and documents that reveal the history of Texas as a part of Mexico, as an independent nation, and as an American state. These experiences offer opportunities to discuss identity, conflict, innovation, technology, the arts, and much more.

New in 2020:

Sister Suffragists – Sister Suffragists is a celebration of the movement that brought suffrage to the women of Texas and the nation.

This Light of Ours: Activist Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement – This exhibit tells a visual story of the struggle against segregation, race-based disenfranchisement, and Jim Crow laws in the 1960s. This Light of Ours captures the day-to-day struggles of everyday citizens working toward equality and their resolve in the face of violence and institutionalized discrimination.

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 is home to film programs that explore the richness and diversity of Texas cinema, as well as the national and international art of filmmaking.

Nearly eight 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.

Adults and children can explore the Story of Texas together. From fun family programs to one-of-a-kind artifacts, the Bullock Museum is the best place to experience Texas. Check out the Calendar of Events.

location

1800 Congress Ave. (map)

hours

COVID-19 CLOSURE: The Bullock Museum and IMAX® Theatre are currently closed. The Bullock Museum remains closed as staff plan carefully for a future reopening so that you can feel confident we are providing a safe, welcoming, and enjoyable experience.Mon - Sat: 9 AM - 5 PM; Sunday Noon - 5 PM. Closed on New Years Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day. The IMAX Theatre has evening showtimes and is open on some holidays.

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

November 27, 2020

Bullock Museum Store Holiday Sale

Shop our annual Holiday Sale November 27 – December 13, 2020. Our annual Bullock Museum Holiday Sale will be a little bit different this year. In lieu of the annual Member Night Sales Event, we are extending our holiday sale in-store and online for an additional week.

Save 20% on all items in-store and online November 27th through December 13th. Bullock Museum members will receive a 10% - 15% discount in addition to the 20% off all items. Shop our brand new selection of ornaments, jewelry, ceramics, and Texas-themed gifts for everyone on your list. Proceeds from your Bullock Store purchases support the preservation and exhibition of Texas history and educational programs at the Bullock Museum. Thank you for your continued support.

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December 1, 2020 | 10:00 AM

TEXAS HISTORY TUESDAYS: Texas History and the Civil War

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. Why did the United States divide and go to war against itself? How did this affect families, the economy, and enslaved people? What battles were fought within Texas' borders and what toll did these battles take on the soldiers? A Museum Educator will lead an exploration for a search for evidence from artifacts and paintings. A special guest from the past, Major General Granger, will tell his story about how his reading of the Emancipation Proclamation brought about the end of slavery in Texas. 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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December 3, 2020 | 6 pm

Virtual Workshop: Tamales

Food history and tips on making your own tasty tamales.

Every year around the holidays in Texas, making tamales is a cherished custom. Discover the story behind this favorite holiday tradition with historian Dr. Monica Perales and follow along with a recipe to make your own batch at home this season.

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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December 3, 2020 | 10 am

Virtual Storytime: Too Many Tamales

Gather the family in the comfort of your home to enjoy virtual storytimes and demonstrations of hands-on activities for kids of all ages.

Listen in for a reading of Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto and create some traditional crafts inspired by the mouth-watering tale. Christmas Eve started out so perfectly for Maria. Snow had fallen and the streets glittered. Maria's favorite cousins were coming over and she got to help make the tamales for Christmas dinner. It was almost too good to be true when her mother left the kitchen for a moment and Maria got to try on her beautiful diamond ring . . . This is the story of a treasure thought to be lost in a batch of tamales; of a desperate and funny attempt by Maria and her cousins to eat their way out of trouble; and the warm way a family pulls together to make it a perfect Christmas after all.

Program is FREE to the public.

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December 10, 2020 | 7:30 pm

Texas Artist Series: Jackie Venson

Be a part of an intimate performance from the home of musician and songwriter, Jackie Venson to kick off this season of the Texas Artist Series showcase.

Jackie Venson is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter known far and wide for her complexly beautiful music and blazing guitar skills. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Jackie has traveled the world playing to massive crowds both as a headliner and as support for major acts. With the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, the cancellation of her entire tour schedule, and the wave of social change sweeping across the country, Jackie committed herself to releasing more music than ever before, connecting with her fans directly and speaking up about the change she wanted to see in her city and country. On April 20th, Jackie released a new EP titled jackie the robot vol 1 composed entirely of remixes that re-imagine Jackie’s critically acclaimed catalog, and showcases her growth as both a musician and producer. This fall, Jackie will be releasing her next studio album Vintage Machine, her first studio follow up to 2019’s Joy. Music from Vintage Machine will be featured heavily on Jackie’s upcoming taping for Austin City Limits’ 46th season. With the uncertainty of the times we’re living in, one thing holds true for Jackie Venson, she’s going to play her music, speak her truth, and spread as much joy as she can doing it.

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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December 15, 2020 | 10 am

TEXAS HISTORY TUESDAYS: Myths and Unsolved Mysteries of the Texas Revolution

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 were the causes of the Texas Revolution? What key players and events helped a small group of revolutionaries achieve independence from Mexico? There are some mysteries to the story we may never solve. Sort through the fact and fiction of this epic moment in Texas history through an artifact adventure and discover why the Texas Revolution is crucial to understanding American history. Zoom webinar registration required. You'll be able to ask questions during the Q and A at the end of the program.

Program is Free to the Public.

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

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