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The three-story Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum tells the story of Texas from prehistoric times up until the present. Using interactive displays, audio recordings, dioramas and short films, the museum explains how three major industries—ranching, cotton and oil—played key roles in the state’s evolution. Other unique and fascinating exhibits cover Texas’s role in NASA and the space program, the lives of Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and George W. Bush, and the discovery and recovery of the La Belle shipwreck off the Texas coast. The La Belle shipwreck exhibit tends to captivate visitors of all ages. The artifacts found in relatively shallow water in the Gulf of Mexico tell the story of the doomed vessel that set sail from France in 1684. The excavation process began in 1995, and it essentially involved building a temporary dam around the shipwreck so that the items could be dug up from the muddy bottom.
For a more immersive experience, you can also enjoy an IMAX movie at the museum. Both historical films and major motion pictures are featured at the theater. The smaller Bullock Cinema presents “multi-sensory” films accompanied by special effects such as lightning and rain. If your family is interested in more recent history, the third floor covers the oil business, the cattle industry, Texas music, the Civil Rights Era and NASA.

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Open hours today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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    12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • December 1, 2022 12:17 am local time

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