Exploring all things Texas through history, the arts, and science.
Explore the myths and realities of Texas history to reveal a diverse story that provides a place for everyone in Texas and the Texan in everyone.
Lectures, Talks, and Discussions
Led by experts, these programs further the conversation about the ever-evolving story of Texas. Check the calendar of events for programming information.
- New Perspectives Series: The Story of Texas is always changing. Discover the best new scholarship each year through lectures and conversations with authors and experts. Also learn about the latest artifacts on view in the Museum.
- High Noon Talks: Have fun while hearing a variety of different Texas stories—some purely historical, others more contemporary. This program is held on the first Wednesday of the month from 12-1 p.m.
- In Gallery Programs: Performances and conversations bring history to life in an intimate setting with a series of recitals, readings, and talks in conjunction with exhibitions and live in the galleries.
- Workshops: Learn a new skill and create something of your own with expert artists, poets, craftsmen, and other specialists in their field.
- Daytrippers: In conjunction with special exhibitions, take a trip outside the Museum's walls in these fun and educational excursions.
Great speakers—both scholarly and refreshingly accessible.
Texas Art and Culture Series
A lighthearted way to enjoy the Museum in a social atmosphere.
- Texas Artist Series: Experience the rich diversity of Texas's cultural heritage. From world-renowned concert pianists to award-winning authors, cutting-edge filmmakers to dance troupes, this series explores the arts.
- B-Movies and Bad History: Join historians, authors, and film experts to watch clips from some of the best (and worst) Texas-centric movies and television shows. Hear behind-the-scenes stories and learn the facts and fiction portrayed on-screen.
- Evenings Out: Show off your knowledge and avoid Austin traffic at the same time. Evenings Out include trivia, games, music, great conversation, and plenty of Texas happy hour food and libations.
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 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. that combine art creation, performances, and gallery activities.
These large-scale events celebrate Texas’s culture–from food to music to artistic expression. Signature events include American Indian Heritage Day, the Big Squeeze accordion competition, and Spooktacular, a family-friendly Halloween celebration. See the calendar of events for programming information.
Just for Families
The Bullock Museum is for families! Regularly-scheduled special programs help kids and their adult companions make memories that help everyone tell their own stories. See the calendar of events for programming information.
- Family Workshops: Create your own artifact or work of art to remember your museum visit. This more in-depth drop-in program is great for families with kids ages six and up.
- Exploration Stations: Engage your senses by exploring artifacts and objects connected to our history. Drop-in with the whole family and experience something new!
- Little Texans: Drop-in with your young Texans (ages 2-5) for this monthly hands-on program incorporating movement, play and tactile learning into engaging experiences where younger children can discover something new alongside their caregivers.
- Storytime: Dive into stories, sing your favorite songs, and expand your imaginations through hands-on experiences at this monthly programs designed especially for ages 2-5.
- Seasonal programming: The Museum offers special programming during school holidays and breaks for visitors age 4 and older.
- Homeschool Days: Twice a year, the Museum offers homeschool educators and their students school group rates for films in the Texas Spirit Theater and IMAX® Theatre, as well as curriculum resources and thematic activities.
The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division the State Preservation Board. Additional support of exhibitions and programs is provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.
School Field Trips presented by The John M. O'Quinn Foundation.
School Programs are generously funded by Featured Sponsors The Marie M. and James H. Galloway Foundation, Supporting Sponsors The Honorable Kent R. Hance and The William Stamps Farish Fund, and Contributing Sponsor The Burdine Johnson Foundation.