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

October 27, 2020 | 10:00 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.   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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October 29, 2020 | 6pm

Viva Texas Vino

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

Celebrate Texas Wine Month and be our guest as certified Sommelier Jessica Dupuy leads a happy hour conversation with winemakers from across the state all focused on Texas-made French 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.
Please note: You will be prompted to download the Zoom application for mobile or desktop if it is not already installed. You do not need a Zoom account to join this livestream.

$5 Tickets, Members Free

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October 30, 2020 | 5 pm

Spooktacular 2020

Virtually join the Bullock Museum in partnership with Girlstart for the annual FREE family-friendly Halloween celebration. Engage in virtual fun with hands-on STEAM activities for the whole family.

The Bullock Museum and Girlstart have everything you need to bring our annual FREE family-friendly Spooktacular to you virtually! From boo bubbles to the physics of candy to spooky sounds, gather the simple materials needed for this virtual Halloween celebration. Put on your favorite costume and join in on the hands-on fun with the following activities, stay tuned for material lists and videos:
  • Create a Halloween party popper filled with treats and ghostly goodies to keep for yourself or give to a ghoul.
  • Explore the chemistry behind boo bubbles and make your own bouncing, unbreakable bubbles at home.
  • From how bats fly to how they eat, learn all about these nocturnal animals as you design your own balancing bat creation.
  • Gather some candy and channel your inner physicist as you learn about mass, density, and buoyancy. This time, you can eat your science experiment.
  • Frighten your friends and family with a spooky screaming sound! Put your acoustical engineering skills to the test as you use a cup, string, and water to create a Halloween noisemaker.
Spooktacular is presented in partnership with Girlstart, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing girls' interest and engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math through innovative, nationally recognized informal STEM education programs.

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November 3, 2020 | 10:00 AM

TEXAS HISTORY TUESDAYS: Spanish Missions in 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. Why did the Spanish attempt to build Missions in Texas? What effect did this have on the Native Americans living in Texas? Were these Missions a success or a failure? Explore these questions alongside a museum educator using maps, timelines, and historical information. You'll be able to ask questions during the Q and A at the end of the program. Zoom webinar registration required. FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING REGISTRATION AND EXTENSION ACTIVITIES, VISIT THE BULLOCK MUSEUM WEBSITE.

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November 5, 2020 | 7:30PM

Texas Focus: Community First, A Home for the Homeless

Streams Daily November 1 - 6, 2020 Q&A November 5, 2020 at 7:30pm

Enjoy access to a virtual film screening of Layton Blaylock's 2019 documentary film, Community First, A Home for the Homeless. Connect with the Bullock Museum for a LIVE conversation about the film.

Purchase of a virtual screening ticket will give you access to view the film for 48 hours between November 1 - 6. Enjoy free access to a LIVE conversation with the director on Thursday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. Community First, A Home for the Homeless is a documentary introducing an innovative new model for transforming the lives of homeless people through the power of community.
The film tells the story of Community First! Village, a 27 acre, master planned development providing affordable, permanent housing for hundreds of chronically homeless people in Austin, Texas. The Village offers a variety of micro enterprises providing the residents an opportunity to make a dignified income. 20% of the residents have never been homeless but choose to live there as support. Community First, A Home for the Homeless illustrates how the sense of community at the core of the Village is transforming the lives of our homeless brothers and sisters. As founder Alan Graham explains, “It is specifically designed to lift the chronically homeless off the streets, offering them a place to call home, helping them heal from the ravages of life on the streets, and allowing them to rediscover a purpose in their lives.” A cinematic exploration of the Texas narrative, the Museum's Texas Focus Film Series highlights stories by, for, and about Texans. As a SXSW Film Festival retrospective, this season's selections highlight stories of unique individuals and their relationship with society. Tickets are $5 for this event. Your ticket purchase directly supports the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and educational programming.

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November 10, 2020 | 12pm

High Noon Talk: Tonkawa Texts

Discover why the Tonkawa are one of the most unique cultures of Texas.

High Noon Talks highlight interesting and often untold topics through a casual lunch-time lecture. Although tribal traditions survive among the Tonkawa people, the Tonkawa language has been extinct for more than 75 years. Much of what is known about Tonkawa—an “isolate” language, related to no others—comes to us through the stories collected and translated in Tonkawa Texts. Join author Dr. Thomas Wier for a talk on the language it preserves and the stories it tells. Program is FREE to the public.

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November 17, 2020 | 10 AM

TEXAS HISTORY TUESDAYS: Gone To Texas – Part of the Nation’s Immigration Story

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 people move to Texas from other countries? What challenges and opportunities did they face? A Museum Educator will discuss the four primary waves of immigration to the United States through Texas from 1845-1924, the history behind the movement of people to Texas, interesting stories from immigrants, and show artifacts that people brought with them on the journey. Many of the stories of immigration to Texas can also be compared to the characteristics of immigration to the United States. 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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November 19, 2020 | 10:00 AM

Virtual Family Program: Native American Heritage

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

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a lively re-telling of the Chickasaw tale, Baby Rattlesnake, by Native American Storyteller Amy Bruton Bluemel. Take part in the story by creating a unique rattle to shake along with the rattlesnake in the story. Program is FREE to the public. Zoom Registration is Required.

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