Exploring all things Texas through history, the arts, and science.

Upcoming Programs

Apr 18 Thu

Little Texans Public Program, Family, 10:30am

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Apr 18 Thu

Third Thursday: Revitalize & Relax Public Program, 5:00pm

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Apr 20 Sat

Texas History Day: Student Contest Public Program, 10:00am

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May 1 Wed

High Noon Talk: Texas Forest Conservation Public Program, Lecture, 12:00pm

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May 2 Thu

STEAM Lab Public Program, Family, 10:30am

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May 4 Sat

In the Lone Star Wars State Public Program, Film, 10:00am

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May 5 Sun

H-E-B Free First Sunday Public Program, 10:00am

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May 11 Sat

The Big Squeeze Showcase Public Program, Live Performance, 11:00am

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May 16 Thu

Little Texans Public Program, Family, 10:30am

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May 16 Thu

Third Thursday: Green Thumb Gathering Public Program, 5:00pm

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Talks and Films

Scholars, experts, and creative personalities explore Texas through its people, culture, and natural environment. Check the calendar of events for programming information.

  • Film Screenings: Attend special screenings and engaging conversations with filmmakers, producers, and actors.
  • High Noon Talks: Discover interesting and relevant Texas and exhibition topics at our casual lunchtime talks.
  • In-Gallery Talks: Participate in expert-led conversations exploring the Texas History Galleries and special exhibitions.

Shows and Social Events

Dive into Texas culture with fun events like concerts and pub-trivia nights. Connect with coworkers and friends over drinks, through conversations or an immersive experience. Check the calendar of events for programming information. 

  • Texas Artist Live Performances: Experience the rich diversity of Texas's cultural heritage. From world-renowned musicians to award-winning authors and local dance troupes, these live performance programs explore the current Texas arts scene.
  • Third Thursdays: Join us after work every Third Thursday for special extended Museum hours! Explore the exhibitions, enjoy happy hour food and drinks in The Star Cafe, and connect to Texas through unique interactive experiences. Different activities are offered each month. Museum garage parking is free after 5:00 p.m.
  • In-Gallery Programs: Performances and conversations bring history to life in an intimate setting with a series of recitals, readings, and talks that highlight stories from the exhibitions.

H-E-B Free First Sundays

Everyone is invited to enjoy free exhibition admission all day on the first Sunday of every month. Most months, H-E-B Free First Sundays offer special family programs that combine art creation, performances, and gallery activities.

Community Days

Large-scale events that highlight the best of Texas and its people.

Join us for celebrations, competitions, and community festivals that let you explore the diversity, uniqueness, and talent found in Texas. Check the calendar of events for programming information. 

  • World Refugee Day: Commemorate the United Nations' World Refugee Day with a naturalization ceremony, free samples of world cuisine, live music, and family activities.
  • American Indian Heritage Day: Celebrate our community's Indigenous cultures through dancing and drumming performances, storytelling, and hands-on activities.
  • The Big Squeeze Accordion Contest: Attend the best youth squeezebox competition and concert. Texas top young accordion players compete in polka, Cajun, zydeco, and conjunto, and master accordion players showcase these Texas accordion traditions.
  • Austin Museum Day: Participate in this city-wide community event by visiting museums throughout Austin. Enjoy free exhibition admission and special programs during the day. 
  • Texas History Day: Appreciate and applaud student-created history exhibits, performances, documentaries, and media presentations, as they compete in the finals of the statewide history competition. 
  • Poetry Out Loud: Listen to the best student orators in Texas competing for the opportunity to take part in national poetry recitation finals.

Family-Centric Activities

Programs for caregivers to bond with preschoolers, for families to enjoy together, and for teens to discover on their own. Check the calendar of events for programming information. 

  • Little Texans: Bring your toddlers or their preschool class for a morning of discovery, storytime, movement, and tactile learning.
  • Spring Break: Spend your spring break at the Museum and enjoy a variety of hands-on activities and workshops perfect for kids and their adult companions.
  • Summer at the Bullock: Enjoy a cool summer of discovery and exploration at the Bullock Museum. Join our programs, special Summer Family Film screenings, outstanding special exhibitions, and great IMAX® documentaries!
  • Homeschool Days: Multiple times a year, the Museum offers a day in support of homeschool educators and their students, with curriculum resources and thematic activities. Plus, homeschool educators and students receive free exhibition access and discount rates for films in the Texas Spirit Theater and IMAX Theatre.
  • STEAM Lab: Explore how scientific discoveries have influenced history. On select Thursdays each month, see our educators and STEAM experts from Central Texas Discover Engineering demonstrate the workings of nature and participate in hands-on activities and experiments.
  • Teen Gatherings: In a space for teens 16 and older, explore connections between the past and the present through creative workshops and experiences.

School Field Trips presented by The John M. O'Quinn Foundation.

School Programs are generously funded by Featured sponsor The Marie M. and James H. Galloway Foundation, Supporting sponsor The Lange Family Foundation, and Contributing sponsors Bella and Chase Cooley, Dian Graves Owen Foundation, and Roger and Marianne Staubach.

The Bullock Museum, a division of the Texas State Preservation Board, is funded by Museum members, donors, and patrons, the Texas State History Museum Foundation, and the State of Texas.