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Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

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Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Texas State History Museum


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low-rise building
existing [completed]
light pink


shop(s) restaurant cinema


  • At the end of the grand opening’s ceremony, 6 F-14 Tomcats from the Texas National Guard in San Antonio flew over the Texas State Capitol and the museum.
  • The museum has 34,000 square feet of space and cost $80 million.
  • The Museum's grand opening was on April 28, 2001 and over 1,000 people including the media, politicians, former governors of Texas, Bob Bullock's wife, the governor of Texas, Rick Perry, and the president of the United States, George W. Bush were at the opening.
  • In the entrance to the museum is a 7 foot statue of Lt. Governor Bob Bullock. He wanted to have the museum for Texans, with history you could see and touch. He died in June of 1999 before construction had started on the museum, which is named in his honour.
  • Hundreds more people in the general public gathered two blocks from the museum to catch a glimpse of the scene and to voice their opinions on the president. People from all over Texas came to the opening; this is the first history museum of its kind in Austin.
  • One of the artifacts on display is the original statue from the top of the Texas State Capitol. It was brought down in 1986 for repairs, and replaced by a zinc replica. The 16 foot statue is located on the first floor.
  • Texas’ musical history is represented by tributes to Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson, Buddy Holly, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and many more.
  • The museum has a second theatre (The Spirit of Texas Theatre) which, with sound and special effects, recreates the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 which at the time was the worst natural disaster in US history.
  • The museum contains over 700 artefacts from all over Texas, including the space suit worn by Neil Armstrong when walking on the moon in 1969 and a bible carried by General Sam Houston which saved his life when it stopped a bullet.
  • The museum houses Austin’s first IMAX cinema and shows the viewer sweeping scenes of the Texas landscape.
  • Exhibits relating to the US’ oldest soft drink, Dr. Pepper are also on display.
  • The IMAX theatre seats 400 people and has an 85 by 62 ft screen.
  • Standing in the plaza are six 50-foot flagpoles flying the six flags of Texas. There is also a 33 foot bronze star hanging 8 feet over the plaza that weighs 20,000 pounds.

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1800 North Congress Avenue
101-199 West Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, 1801-1899 Colorado Street, 100-198 West 18th Street
1800 North Congress Avenue
State Capitol Complex

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109.00 ft
109.00 ft
77.00 ft

Involved Companies

HKS, Inc.

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