Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin, Texas

1800 Congress Ave, Austin, Texas

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Submitted by: Linda C.

A great primer on Texas history from the original settlers (Native Americans) through the Spanish explorers to current Texas.  The exhibits were interesting and informative, with a great variety to of...

Submitted by: BossMan W.

Overload of Texas history that I can honestly say you could probably do with any other state to the same magnitude.  There are things to see but it is overshadowed by the amount of things you need to reed to figure out what you are looking at.  We were told there was free parking but if you go during the weekday good luck finding it.  The large parking lot across the street is heavily patrolled by wrecker drivers and is for State employees only until 5 or 6 pm.  Garage parking at the Brazos Center Garage is for the Blanton Art Museum but you don't know that until you try to pay for parking and have to walk across the street to pay.  I did like the Spirit of Texas Theater and was fun for the kids with the spe...

Submitted by: Jules R.

As a California native, I was thrilled to learn Texas History at the Bob Bullock Museum. I had such fun, and all of the exhibits were very well done. It held my interest easily, and my son was equally enthralled. T...

Submitted by: Mario L.

Hubble 3D was amazing. I was captivated and left wanting more. My 6 year old ...

Submitted by: April W.

I finally got a chance to see the theater.  Of course I had visited the IMAX which was awesome.  The theater was very historical and informative.  I actually learned some things I never knew.  I went on a night where the exhibits were free and they had free music.  It was for Music Under The Stars.  They have free food and a cash bar. I visited the cafe which had good sandwiches.  They have 3 levels.  A nice, big place.  It's a realy nice place to take kids if you have them. The service was friendly.  It's a nice place to relax.  I visited the gift shop and they had some pretty neat things in there.  I just wanted to buy them all.  You can park in the specially marked garage which is so convenient.  I think ...

Submitted by: Joe L.

Since I will be vacating the Lone Star state pretty soon, I made a point to get downtown and feast on some Texas history.  The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is probably one of the best state history museums you are going to come across, and it's that way for several reasons. First off, the state of Texas has a richer history than most, I mean c'mon, this state was an actual republic of it's own for awhile and there were real wars fought over the territory back in the day. So of course, that helps when it comes to putting together the exhibits and films for the museum.  The Spirit of Texas film is only about 15 minutes, but it's the best thing in this place when it comes to interactivity.  Pay the ex...

Submitted by: Kelly S.

The cinematic experience of the IMAX is like finding yourself suddenly in my favorite level of Super Mario Bros 3, giant land.  With huge sharks, quidditch playing wizards and blue Na'vi flying at you in 3D, its like the best dream you've ever had. Except in this one, you're a. awake and b. eating theater candy. Whats nice about the imax is that they show educational films as well -- as much as i love my state, I spent a good part of both years of Texas history daydreaming about the guy in front of me.  The Story of Texas gives you the full bodied experience that a dusty textbook never can.  New shows like the "Life of an Artifact" and "The Alps" are actually educational AND entertaining. No, its not an oxym...

Submitted by: Troy H.

We always enjoy our time spent at the museum. The movies, exhibits, staff, and environment are top notch.  It isn't our personal taste to go often, but when we have out-of-towners visiting, or need to ...

Submitted by: Angela M.

This place is cool and has had some really neat travelling exhibits.  We love the Texas Spirit Theater (lots of cool effects!) and the IMAX theater.  The permanent exhibits are too dark (as in not open and bright) and not all that interesting.  We WANT to like them but they just don't draw my kids in.  We homeschool so we visit museums on a regular basis, spending hours at each one when all those other kids are in school. ;)    I think the designers had good intentions but it wasn't carried out very well.  While attractive, the exhibits could have been laid out in a more user-friendly way and could stand to be a bit brighter and more inviting. We mostly go here to watch IMAX movies.  We see just about every ...

Submitted by: Lauren W.

After living in Austin for four years and driving by this place all the time, I finally went a while back. I only saw the museum, so I can't say anything for the IMAX, but I was pretty unimpressed. It looks so grand and inviting from the outside, especially at night. And while the exhibits were informative, I found it really boring overall. I kept wondering how all those poor kids could stand it. As a graphic designer, I thought the graphics were sub-par, especially for a state museum. They could have done much, much better. There were some cool things on the top floor, but that wasn't enough to save me from my boredom and disappointment. I'm still proud to be a Texan; I'm just not so sure about you, Bob Bul...

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