The Bullock Texas State History Museum
More than 9 million visitors have attended exhibitions, films, and programs since 2001
The Bullock Texas State History Museum is the state's official history museum and features three floors of exhibition galleries, IMAX® Theatre, Texas Spirit Theater, Story of Texas Cafe, and Bullock Museum Store.
Museum Quick Info
The Bullock Museum is located at 1800 N. Congress Ave Austin, TX 78701, with garage parking accessible from 18th Street. Exhibitions are open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. The IMAX® Theatre is open for documentary screenings during Museum open hours and on select evenings for feature films.
- For adults, Exhibition admission is $13, IMAX® documentary admission is $9, and IMAX® feature admission is $15. Discounted prices are available for children (3-17), seniors (65+), college students, and active and retired military personnel. Children age 3 and younger are admitted free. View ticket prices
- The Museum opened in 2001 and is named for the state's 38th Lieutenant Governor, Bob Bullock, who championed the preservation and exhibition of Texas history.
- The Museum is a division of the State Preservation Board, which also oversees the Texas State Capitol and grounds, the Texas Capitol Visitors Center, the Texas State Cemetery, and the Governor's Mansion.
- The bronze star in the Lone Star Plaza in front of the Museum is 35 feet tall.
- In 2019, the Bullock Museum welcomed almost half a million visitors and over 100,000 students.
The area in front of the museum is currently under construction to become the Texas Capitol Mall, a pedestrian green space stretching from the Texas Capitol to the UT Campus. The projected completion date is Spring 2022.
Photography and Filming
Photography, filming and interview requests for media, public relations, or commercial use must be submitted and scheduled through the Museum's marketing department. Please contact email@example.com or submit a request online.
The Museum collaborates with more than 700 museums, libraries, archives, and individuals to display an incredible diversity of ever-changing artifacts in its Texas History Galleries. Three floors of galleries take visitors on a one-of-a-kind journey through more than 16,000 years of Texas history, exploring the story of how Texas began, the creation of the Lone Star Identity, the ways land, culture, and technology shaped Texas, and Texas's place in a broader national and international story.
In addition to the Museum's Texas History Galleries, two special exhibition spaces host a variety of relevant and engaging exhibitions featuring artifacts from all over the world, immersive multimedia installations, and engaging experiences for all ages.
The Bullock Museum is home to the biggest IMAX® screen in Texas - six stories tall - and offers daily screenings using state-of-the-art laser technology. The Bullock Museum IMAX® Theatre provides the very best cinematic experience, hosting award-winning documentaries and feature films. The Museum's Texas Spirit Theater features immersive special effects and hosts daily screenings of the Museum's signature films, Star of Destiny and Shipwrecked.
Programs and Events
The Bullock Museum offers a full calendar of programs and events each year that explore all things Texas—music, arts, science, and more. Programs offer something for everyone—including engaging talks and lectures, casual and inviting social events and live music, interactive activities for children and families, film screenings and Q&As with filmmakers and experts, and fun, large-scale community events.
In order to continue providing educational programming to our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bullock Museum programs and events have gone virtual. Experiences provided through both YouTube and Zoom offer opportunities for all ages to continue engaging in the story of Texas. The Museum's virtual distance learning programs, previously open to schools and educators, are now open to a wide audience through Texas History Tuesdays, scheduled on select Tuesdays of each month.
Shopping and Dining
From books and toys to local foods, music, and custom art prints, the Bullock Museum Store, located on the first floor, offers a wide range of items and unique gifts. Visitors can also take a break from exploring the Museum or drop in for lunch or a snack at the Story of Texas Cafe, located on the second floor. Museum admission is not required to visit the Museum Store or Story of Texas Cafe.
Please note: The Story of Texas Cafe is currently closed. Stay tuned for updates on a future reopening date.
History & Building Design
The Bullock Museum is a division of the State Preservation Board and was named for the state's 38th Lieutenant Governor, Bob Bullock, who championed the preservation and exhibition of Texas history and worked to establish the museum that opened in 2001. Central to the Museum's Texas History Galleries is the 300-year-old hull of the French colonial shipwreck La Belle, an artifact so significant that the building was created with housing the ship in mind. In 2018, the Museum's innovative Becoming Texas exhibition opened to expand on the story of the earliest American Indian groups to make Texas their home, as well as pre-1821 European exploration in Texas.
Located just north of the Texas State Capitol, the building exterior is covered with Sunset Red granite and it is topped by a majestic copper dome. Visitors can walk under a monumental 35-foot tall bronze star, the highlight of the Museum’s Lone Star Plaza. The Museum’s expansive lobby features a dramatic, four-story rotunda with a stunning granite staircase. A unique 40-foot diameter terrazzo design is centered in the floor of the rotunda, showing figures from Texas's past gathered around the campfire to share their stories. Artist Mike O’Brien designed and sculpted the six bas-relief panels on the face of the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Each panel depicts an era of the history of the Lone Star State. The 11-by-16-feet panels are cast-pigmented and acid-stained concrete, designed to look like bronze. From South to North, the panels depict First Texans, 1836 Texas Independence, Trains and Cattle, Immigration and King Cotton, Oil, and NASA and Space Exploration.
In 2013, the Museum received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition for a museum.
Other notable awards:
- Award of Excellence in Digital and Electronic Communications for Texas Story Podcast: Vietnam on Tape
- Austin-American Statesman's Best of the Best - Best Museum
- American Alliance of Museums MUSE Award for Media and Technology for Texas Story Podcast: Stevie Ray Vaughan
- Mountain-Plains Museum Association EdCom Award for Excellence in Programming for B Movies and Bad History
- International Live Events Association - Austin Chapter - Best Venue
- Austin-American Statesman's Best of the Best - Best Museum
- American Association for State and Local History Award of Merit for the exhibition Life and Death on the Border 1910-1920
- Mountain-Plains Museum Association - 1st Place Online Presence for Texas Story Project
Bullock Museum to host ninth annual American Indian Heritage Day celebration this Friday
September 22, 2021 (Austin, Texas) -- The Bullock Texas State History Museum, in partnership with Great Promise for American Indians, will host the ninth annual American Indian Heritage Day celebration on Friday, September 24, 2021. View Press Release
In The News
9/19/2019, Univision | Leslie Montoya -- Millones de personas han visitado este museo desde el 2001. Leslie Montoya nos cuenta por qué es una visita obligada en la capital texana. View Article
1/28/2021, CBS Austin | John-Carlos Estrada -- After nearly 100 years atop the Capitol dome, the original Goddess of Liberty now lives at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. View Article
11/1/2020, The Daytripper -- Chet and crew retrace the significant events of the Texas Revolution on one historic road trip. View Article
11/25/2020, KXAN | Christine Sanchez -- Native American history in Austin has been documented for years now. The history spans generations, leading to modern-day tribes who celebrate their culture in their own grand ways. View Article