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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Visit a Worldclass Austin Texas History Museum

Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own unique characteristics, style and content. You'll find while visiting Austin,Texas that the city has many fine world class museums. If your travels take you to Texas make it a point to visit Austin. There's plenty to see and do.

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The Bullock Texas State History Museum
The Bullock Texas State History Museum

Let history come to life with Texas stories, photos, artifacts and records in what is probably one of the finest state historical museums in the U.S. Add to this a 400 seat Imax Theater and special 4D effects and chances are you'll come back more than once. Exhibits, innovative films, and unique encounters await you at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. This museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board.

All of this is found in the 175,000 square foot Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin, Texas. The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a dynamic educational institution that takes visitors to the fascinating Story of Texas through a variety of programs and exhibit experiences.Like all great historical museums, the Bullock Museum offers temporary revolving exhibits as well as stunning permanent exhibits. The museum houses natural and cultural artifacts from throughout Texas history.

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The bronze star on the Lone Star Plaza
," film takes viewers back to the 1900 Galveston Hurricane when weather and especially hurricane prediction was in it's infant stages. You'll feel the wind rush through your hair, lightening flashes and thunder shakes the theater. You'll feel  powerful vibrations as a gusher explodes from an oil derrick on screen. Take your seat for a thrilling special-effects experience that will fascinate you.

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Museum space capsule exhibit
Some of the Past Museum Exhibitions

Highlights from the exhibition When Austin Got Weird included posters dating from 1967 to 1980 that feature favorites such as Janis Joplin, Willie Nelson, Pete Seeger, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Fats Domino and the Ramones, Asleep at the Wheel, Sir Doug and the Texas Tornadoes, and Shiva's Headband.

The 1968 Exhibit included photographs, artifacts, vintage pop culture items and interactive display organized in the Bullock Museum's Herzstein Hall which covers 7,000 sq feet.

Another past exhibit was Views of the Capital which commemorated the 125 year anniversary of the capital building's dedication.

A Museum for the Entire Family

Located at 1800 N. Congress Avenue, the museum is a fine way to spend a hot Texas summer day around the state capital building and the University of Texas campus. A visit to this Texas museum is also a great way to spend an afternoon with the family. There's plenty of exhibits that will catch the attention of children and young adults of all ages.

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One of the museum's unique exhibit areas
More Attractions in Austin Texas

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is in an area adjacent to the University of Texas campus and the Texas State Capital Building. Exploring the large university campus is always interesting and if you haven't visited the capital building you should add it to your trip plans.

 The capital building was constructed from 1882 to 1888, largely of red granite from the Marble Falls Texas area, with funds from the sale of over 3 million acres that became the famed XIT Ranch. The ranch occupied most of the Texas Panhandle area and was one of the largest cattle ranches in the world.The capital rotunda has portraits lining it's wall of every governor and leader of Texas. The Texas State Capital Building is one of the seven state capital buildings that are higher than the U.S. Capital Bldg.

Texas has plenty of great historical venues to visit. The Bullock Texas State History Museum is one of the Austin attractions you don't want to miss. 

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