Beginning of main content

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Take a detailed exploration of Texan history through a collection that includes Native American pottery and a Civil War gunboat. 

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum aims to “tell the story of Texas." The modern museum has three floors of exhibits, providing a broad examination of the state’s struggles, individuality and innovation. This museum presents the fascinating story of a state that has been ruled by six different governments: Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of America and the United States of America. 

Visitors are greeted on arrival by a 35-foot (10-meter) tall bronze sculpture of the Lone Star. Texas is known as the Lone Star State, and the star signifies a long history of fighting for independence. From there, explore the different themes of each floor: Land (first floor), Identity (second floor) and Opportunity (third floor). 

The story of Texas starts on the first floor, where you'll find Native American artifacts from the period before Europeans arrived in North America. Learn about the Spanish missions of the 16th century and the arrival of the French. The museum's collection includes a bronze cannon recovered from La Belle, the ship that belonged to 17th-century French explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle. The ship was found in Matagorda Bay off the coast of Texas. 

The second floor is where the state's identity is explored. Read letters and diaries from the 1820s, which recount the citizens' growing frustration at being part of Mexico. Explore a restored gunboat used to defend the state during the Civil War. 

Texas' history is tied to the land, from its ranches to its oil refineries. The third floor looks at this relationship, from innovations in farming to the prosperity brought by the oil industry. 

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is located in downtown Austin. It’s open daily, except for national holidays, and free parking is available. 


Guide to Exploring around Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum


Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5
Map

Lodging Near Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

See all 621 Hotels near Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
$113
Omni Austin Hotel

Omni Austin Hotel

700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin
4.3
of 5, from 2,606 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the middle of downtown, this Austin hotel is one block from the 6th Street entertainment district, 5 blocks from the convention center, and 6 blocks from the State Capitol.

$127
AT&T Hotel & Conference Center at the University of Texas

AT&T Hotel & Conference Center at the University of Texas

1900 University Avenue, Austin
4.5
of 5, from 1,732 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Austin, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and Blanton Museum of Art. University of Texas Tower and Texas State Capitol are also within 15 minutes.

$84
La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol / Downtown

La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol / Downtown

300 E 11th St, Austin
3.3
of 5, from 1,857 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

This downtown Austin hotel is 2 blocks from the Texas State Capitol and 6 blocks from Symphony Square.

$129
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

701 E 11th Street, Austin
3.9
of 5, from 3,182 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This Austin hotel is situated within easy walking distance of the state capitol, Erwin Center, 6th Street, and the University of Texas campus, offering music, cultural, and entertainment experiences.

$116
Hampton Inn & Suites Austin @ The University / Capitol

Hampton Inn & Suites Austin @ The University / Capitol

1701 Lavaca St, Austin
4.6
of 5, from 1,189 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Blanton Museum of Art, and Texas State Capitol. Governor's Mansion and University of Texas Tower are also within 15 minutes.

$132
Residence Inn by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center

Residence Inn by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center

300 E 4th St, Austin
4.6
of 5, from 461 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Residence Inn Austin Downtown sits opposite the Austin Convention Center. Guests can walk 11 minutes to Austin Museum of Art, and the University of Texas is a mile away. The restaurants and clubs of 6th Street, Austin's entertainment and music hub, are 3 blocks from the hotel.

$116
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Austin

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Austin

303 W 15th Street, Austin
4.4
of 5, from 808 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Austin, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Texas State Capitol, Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, and Governor's Mansion. Blanton Museum of Art and University of Texas Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$89
Hyatt House Austin/Downtown

Hyatt House Austin/Downtown

901 Neches Street, Austin
4.5
of 5, from 96 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Esther's Follies, Governor's Mansion, and Texas State Capitol. Blanton Museum of Art and Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).