Musings of a Museum Fanatic: Bullock Texas State History Museum

4.09.2018

Bullock Texas State History Museum

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During the Austin leg of our Texas trip I knew I had one museum on my list that was a definite must see. The Bullock Texas State History Museum is right in downtown Austin, just a few blocks from the capital building. Since the kids take afternoon naps Mom, Kevin and I thought that it was the perfect time to visit.
Bullock Texas State History Museum by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Bullock Texas State History Museum by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Bullock Texas State History Museum by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

As they say everything is bigger in Texas and that definitely applies to their museums. None of my photos really did it justice but you walk in and see all the way up the four floors. It was very grand. We actually went through the museum backwards whoops! So we started with the more recent and then went back to the beginnings of Texas.

Bullock Texas State History Museum by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Bullock Texas State History Museum by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Bullock Texas State History Museum by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

You might be wondering what some person named Bullock did that warrants the honor of being a part of the state museum's name? Well Bob Bullock was the 38th Lieutenant Governor of Texas. He was always a champion of Texas history and had been talking about a state museum since the mid 1990s. Definitely seems like he was my kind of person!

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I actually really enjoyed the sections that talk about Texas' agricultural history. My grandmother's family had a farm outside of Austin. We know that they grew cotton, pecans and other things. I enjoyed learning more about how they would have operated and what life was like for them. Being from the Midwest I know how agriculture works but it really makes it seem real when I learned about Texas.

Bullock Texas State History Museum by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Bullock Texas State History Museum by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

I think this bullet in the belt buckle might have been my favorite artifact. More than slightly terrifying to think what if you hadn't put on your belt that morning!

Bullock Texas State History Museum by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Bullock Texas State History Museum by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Bullock Texas State History Museum by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Bullock Texas State History Museum by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Bullock Texas State History Museum by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

When I write posts about museums I always enjoy spending some time on their websites. It's pretty amazing what some places have on their websites, gobs of information and you don't even know it's there! I actually was looking around the Interactive Texas Map when I actually clicked on the listing for the Treaty Stone. You should definitely spend a little bit of time clicking around that map. Texas has such an interesting and intense history. While I loved seeing the specifics when we've visited places like The Alamo and the Sixth Floor Museum it's wonderful to see the big picture of Texas history that the Bullock Texas State History Museum gives.

Bullock Texas State History Museum by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Bullock Texas State History Museum by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Bullock Texas State History Museum by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

I'm so glad we got the chance to see and experience the Bullock Texas State History Museum. I would definitely add it as a must visit for your next trip to Austin. Have you been the Bullock Texas State History Museum? What did you think?

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