Third Thursdays: Murders and Moontowers


October 19, 2023 5:00pm - 7:00pm

​​Enjoy after-hours exhibition access and an evening of suspense and intrigue.

Event Details

Join us after work every Third Thursday for special extended Museum hours from 5 to 7 p.m.! 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 p.m.

Check out the galleries and enjoy a drink starting at 5 pm. From 6 to 7 pm, join us in the Texas Spirit Theater for Murders and Moontowers, a special Halloween edition of the murder mystery musical comedy based on true events in 1880s Austin, Texas! A new mayor tries to stop a rash of crimes in the capital city. Facing a love triangle, a restless mob, and his own mysterious past, he hopes to stop crime with enormous "Moonlight Towers" over the city.

Come witness this all-new original show from Texas Comedies that features a cast of seven and a live band. Before the show, documentarian Jeff Kerr will speak about the iconic Austin Moontowers.

Murders and Moontowers is included with exhibition admission. Reserve your tickets now!

About Public Programs

Public programs at the Bullock Museum explore relevant history and celebrate the culture that has shaped our modern world. Through engaging discussions, live performances, and experiential activities visitors are invited to see local connections and discover how Texas fits into a broader national story.

About the Guest Speaker

Jeff Kerr graduated from Rice University in 1979 with a B.S. in electrical engineering. After a year working for Shell Oil, he attended Texas A&M Medical School, earning his M.D. in 1984. Post-graduate training included a pediatric residency at Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas, and a pediatric neurology residency at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Jeff was a faculty member in the Department of Neurology at Wake Forest from 1989–1991, after which he moved to Austin, Texas to establish a pediatric neurology practice. He retired from medicine in 2022. Jeff wrote and published his first book, Austin, Texas: Then and Now in 2004. Since then, he has published two more nonfiction works, The Republic of Austin and Seat of Empire: The Embattled Birth of Austin, Texas. The latter was published by Texas Tech University Press in 2013. His fiction credits include Lamar’s Folly and The Republic of Jack.

In 2016, Jeff co-wrote and co-produced the documentary film, The Last of the Moonlight Towers, which tells the story of Austin’s iconic structures. He also co-wrote and co-produced the feature film Writer’s Block, a psychological thriller released in 2019.

Your Support Matters

Help us continue to share the story of Texas with a tax-deductible donation.

Enjoy discounts, exclusive programs, and free access to exhibitions year-round by becoming a member of the Bullock Museum.

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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.