Resources for Kids and Families
A place for every member of the family, from small to tall.
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.
Tips for Your Visit
- Experience the Story of Texas through exhibitions, artifacts, films, hands-on activities, and much more. Before you visit, talk to your kids about what they might see.
- With three floors of exhibitions and a daily film schedule, there's always something new to see. If you visited before, share a favorite memory
- Don't try to see everything in one visit. The Bullock Museum is perfect for repeat trips. The artifacts on display change frequently, so each visit creates a new story.
Programs for Families
The Bullock Museum is for families! Regularly-scheduled special programs for kids ages 2 to 12 and their adult companions make memories that help everyone tell their own stories. Check the calendar to view upcoming events, or contact the Family Programs Manager at Education@TheStoryofTexas.com for additional information.
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- 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.
- Family Workshops: Discover the stories behind Museum exhibitions and artifacts, then create something to take home. Great for families with kids ages six and up, each session is about 45 minutes long.
- Preschool Programs: Bring your young Texans ages 2-5 to enjoy storytimes, hands-on activities, and workshops developed especially with their needs in mind.
- Seasonal programming: The Museum offers special programming during school holidays and breaks for visitors age 2 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.
A wonderful museum for the family! Amanda C., Abilene
The underground parking garage entrance is located on 18th Street on the south side of the Museum. The cost is $10 for full-day parking (no re-entry). The parking garage is free after 5 p.m. However, garage hours and prices are subject to change on University of Texas at Austin (UT) football home game days.
Designated and accessible parking spaces are located near the elevators on each level of the garage. Elevators connect the parking garage to the Museum's ground floor entrance.
For information on where to park buses, motor coaches, RVs, and other large vehicles, call (512) 936-8746.
Restrooms are located on each floor of the Museum. A family restroom is located off the first floor lobby. All restrooms are equipped with changing tables and wheelchair-accessible stalls and sinks. Talk with a Visitor Services staff member if you have special needs or requests.
A very engaging museum that presents a great history of Texas. Helen J., Austin
Strollers are allowed in the exhibition galleries. However, use caution as you explore. Textured floor surfaces in several exhibitions provide an immersive experience, but require extra care.
The Story of Texas Café is located on the Museum's second floor and serves hot and cold meals, including kid-friendly fare.
Water fountains are located throughout the Museum near the restrooms.
Planning on bringing snacks? Please remember that no food is allowed in the exhibition galleries and that drinks should be kept out of sight in spill proof containers. On a nice day, enjoy your food and drink on the Lone Star Plaza in front of the Museum.
Just for Scouts
Scouts can choose from various activities to complete the different sections of the My Story is a Texas Story* patch requirements. Some activities can also be applied toward the Cub Scout Heritages belt loop/pin and the Boy Scouts' Genealogy Merit Badge. Scouts can complete the patch requirements anytime at home or at the Bullock Museum.
Patches are available for sale for $1 at the Museum ticket counter. One free patch book is available to Troop Leaders. Additional patch books may be purchased for $5 each. To order patch books, please submit a patch book order form. Print and complete the form and mail it with your check or money order to:
Bullock Texas State History Museum
Attention: Scout History Patch
P.O. Box 12874
Austin, TX 78711
* My Story is a Texas Story was developed by the Bullock Museum for Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. and Boy Scouts of America, ages 8-17.