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Tickets & Events

Browse the list below to see all upcoming programs and events at a glance.

 

Exhibits

Texas History Galleries (open daily)

Open Daily

Step through the arched stone entry into the towering first floor atrium― the Story of Texas exhibit galleries encompass 34,000 square feet― three floors of amazing and rare artifacts, immersive environments, and multimedia experiences.  read more

*Exhibit tickets allow visitors entry into regular and special exhibits and re-entry is permitted throughout the day.

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The 1968 Exhibit (through September 1)

June 7, 2014 - September 1, 2014

The 1968 Exhibit brings to life this pivotal American year through photographs, artifacts, vintage pop culture items and interactives organized in 7,000 square feet of exhibit space in the Bullock Museum's Herzstein Hall. Explore the exhibit and see the events that changed Texas and America forever.  read more

*Exhibit tickets allow visitors entry into regular and special exhibits and re-entry is permitted throughout the day.

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When Austin Got Weird (through - September 14)

July 11, 2014 - September 14, 2014

The slogan "Keep Austin Weird" may have evolved in 2000, but Austin was weird long before. Using music posters from two Austin collections, When Austin Got Weird explores the poster artists and music venues that helped define Austin's counterculture in the 1960s and 70s.  read more

*Exhibit tickets allow visitors entry into regular and special exhibits and re-entry is permitted throughout the day.

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Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit (through September 9)

August 18 through September 9, 2014

his poignant exhibit of personalized dog tags honors the 3,417 Texans who were killed during military service in the Vietnam War. The personalized tribute features a hand-embossed dog tag with the name, rank, branch of service, date of loss, and home of each Texan who died in the war.  read more

*Texas Vietnam Heroes is a free exhibit located in the Grand Lobby.

 

Films

D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 (through December)

IMAX Theatre

D-Day 3d: Normandy 1944

June 6, 1944: The largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France. Yet, few know in detail exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this region became the most important location in the world. Blending multiple cinematographic techniques, including animation, CGI and stunning live-action images, “D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944” brings this monumental event to the world’s largest screens for the first time ever. read more

(All audiences: 45 min.)

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Texas: The Big Picture (showing daily)

IMAX Theatre

Texas the Big Picture

Experience the myth, majesty and magnitude of the Lone Star State on the giant screen. From the Panhandle to the Rio Grande and from West Texas to the Gulf of Mexico, the Texas landscape is as diverse as the folks who live there. read more

(All audiences: 40 min.)

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The Star of Destiny (showing daily)

Texas Spirit Theater

The Spirit Theater's feature presentation, The Star of Destiny, takes audiences on an epic journey through the history of Texas. Produced by BRC Imagination Arts and narrated by the character of Sam Houston, The Star of Destiny focuses on Texas stories of perseverance. read more

(All audiences: 22 min.)

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Titans of the Ice Age 3D (through September 11)

IMAX Theatre

Titans of the Ice Age 3D

Titans of the Ice Age transports viewers to the beautiful and otherworldly frozen landscapes of North America, Europe and Asia ten thousand years before modern civilization. Peer through the 3D canvas to an ancient world of ice, the dawn of our species, a time when man shared the tundra with majestic woolly beasts. read more

(Unrated - All ages admitted. Some animal scenes may be difficult for very young children.: 45 min.)

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Under the the Sea 3D (through August 31)

IMAX Theatre

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Under the Sea 3D transports audiences to some of the most exotic and isolated undersea locations on Earth, including Southern Australia, New Guinea and the Indo-Pacific region. Experience face-to-face encounters with mysterious and stunning sea creatures. Explore the beauty and natural wonder of the world's oceans and witness the impact of global climate change. Narrated by Jim Carrey. read more

(All audiences: 40 min.)

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Wild Texas Weather (showing daily)

Texas Spirit Theater

A 22-minute new attraction in the elegant Texas Spirit Theater combines historic and modern footage of severe and dangerous weather in Texas. You'll experience multiple special effects including wind, rain, lightning, and fog setting an immersive theater presentation unique to central Texas. read more

(All audiences: 22 min.)

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Sea Monsters 3D (September 1 - November 6)

IMAX Theatre

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Fascinating sea creatures come to life in this prehistoric adventure that transports you 82 million years into the past. See an astonishing array of sea creatures revealed in fossil evidence from the bottom of the ancient sea floor and reimagined in stunning IMAX© 3D on the biggest screen in Texas. read more

(All audiences: 40 min.)

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Jerusalem 3D (September 12 - November 6)

IMAX Theatre

Jerusalem

Fascinating sea creatures come to life in this prehistoric adventure that transports you 82 million years into the past. See an astonishing array of sea creatures revealed in fossil evidence from the bottom of the ancient sea floor and reimagined in stunning IMAX© 3D on the biggest screen in Texas. read more

(All audiences: 45 min.)

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Programs

August 23: Daytrippers: LBJ Ranch

Saturday, August 23, 9am-3pm, $65 for non-members, $50 for members

Enjoy a staff-led trip outside the museum's walls to explore historical topics in-depth and in-person.


Join us for a trip to the Texas White House and LBJ Ranch. Afterwards, enjoy an LBJ inspired BBQ lunch and tour of the Museum's exhibit, 1968. Tickets include bus ride to and from Johnson City, guided tours of the Texas White House and Ranch complex, a catered lunch, and Museum exhibit admission. Reservations required, space is limited! Call (512) 936-4649 to purchase your ticket.

August 26: Evenings Out: Presidential Trivia

Tuesday, August 26, 6-8 pm, Museum Café

Why fight Austin's traffic when you can stay downtown and enjoy happy hour? Evenings Out include trivia, games, music, great conversation, and plenty of Texas food and libations.


Practice your best "Johnson Treatment" at a night of presidential trivia on the eve of LBJ's birth. Bring your whole team for good food, good music, and great conversation.

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September 3: High Noon Talk: Progressive Country

Wednesday, September 3, 12-1 pm, Museum Classrooms

Held on the first Wednesday of every month, High Noon Talks highlight interesting and often untold topics through this lunch-time lecture.


Dr. Jason Mellard discusses his new book, Progressive Country and traces the complex social factors that shaped the music scene in Austin during the late 1960s and 1970s.

Teachers, to receive CPE credit, send an RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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September 6: Book It, Texas! Names on a Map

Saturday, September 6, 10:30 am, Museum Boardroom

Celebrate the breadth and depth of Texas writing in a monthly discussion-based program highlighting Texas books, authors, and writing traditions.


Learn more about how the Vietnam War impacted Mexican American communities in Texas in this staff-led discussion of Benjamin Alire Saenz's Names on a Map.

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September 7: Free First Sundays: Veterans Voices

Sunday September 7, 12-3 pm (free admission all day for everyone)

Enjoy FREE exhibit admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Families can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibits that showcase artifacts from around the state. Special family programs from 12-3pm combine art creation, presentations by partner organizations, and gallery activities.


What role have Texans played in the conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries? This program will feature drop-in opportunities for veterans to share their stories of returning from combat and for visitors to learn more about the legacies of war.

12pm-3pm:

  • View the Texas Vietnam Veterans Heroes exhibit.
  • Discover the "Voices of Veterans" program of the Texas General Land Office and learn how you can share your story.
  • Write a letter to an active duty service member or wounded warrior.

2pm:

  • Listen to stories about Texas heroes at Storytime in the Museum's 2nd floor lobby.
  • Hear from Texas veterans of various conflicts comparing their experience of readjusting to life back home in the Museum's Classrooms.

3:30pm:

  • Explore Texas's role in the story of MEDEVAC at a screening and panel discussion of the documentary film When I Have Your Wounded featuring medics and pilots from Vietnam and Iraq/Afghanistan in conversation with the film's director.

September 8: Story of Texas Workshop

Monday, September 8, 9:45am-4pm

The Bullock Texas State History Museum interprets the continually unfolding "Story of Texas" to the broadest possible audience. The Texas Historical Commission (THC) saves the real places that tell the real stories of Texas. Join us for a one-day workshop exploring storytelling––the ways we communicate to educate, influence, and persuade.

On September 8, 2014, the Bullock Museum and the THC will host a day of programming highlighting a variety of ways that Texans can tell their stories. Sessions will discuss the importance of choosing words, pictures, and programs that engage your audience. Whether educating the public or garnering support for a new project, speakers will provide recommendations to expand and enhance methods to communicate the stories of Texas we all tell.

Attendees must register by August 23rd.

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September 10: B Movies and Bad History: Spaghetti Westerns

Wednesday, September 10, 7 pm, Texas Spirit Theater

Watch some of the best (and worst) Texas-centric movies and television shows with historians, authors, and media experts as they expose the historical facts and fiction on-screen.


Round up your posse and join Dr. Tom Schatz, Director of Media Studies at UT Austin and Executive Director of the University of Texas Film Institute in an exploration of the spaghetti western through select movie clips and conversation. Enjoy some of the best (and worst) that the genre has to offer and examine the representations of Texas and Texans portrayed on screen.

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September 17: Homeschool Day

Wednesday, September 17, 10 am-3 pm, Free admission for homeschool students and educators

Just for homeschool educators and students -- come explore the Bullock Museum on a day especially for you! Homeschool families will receive the school group rate on all films, special lesson plans, curriculum-based activities, and more. read more

September 21: Austin Museum Day

Sunday, September 21, 12-6 pm (free admission all day for everyone)

Make the Bullock Museum your top destination for family fun on this day, where museums all over Austin offer free admission.


Did you know that Texas has an official state vegetable and an official state flying mammal? At the Bullock Museum, discover the wide variety of symbols that represent the state with hands-on activities perfect for ages 5 and up, art making, performances, and more!

September 23: Field Trips for Grown Ups: The Importance of the Buffalo

Tuesday, September 23, 2pm, Story of Texas Exhibit Galleries

Get away from the daily routine with a unique experience inside the museum's exhibits. Field Trips for Grown-Ups explore Texas's history in a comfortable, small group setting. Led by museum staff and content experts, these 45-minute presentations combine guided tours and discussion, touchable items, and hands-on activities that will reveal the stories not told in the labels.


Katie Raney, Family Programs Manager for the Bullock Museum, will share how American Indians, African-American soldiers, and bison are interwoven in Texas history.

Teachers, to receive CPE credit, send an RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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September 26: American Indian Heritage Day

Friday, September 26, All Day, Grand Lobby

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The Bullock Museum and Great Promise for American Indians are pleased to host the 2nd Annual American Indian Heritage Day, a day celebrating the historic, cultural, and social contributions American Indian communities and leaders have made to Texas.


The day will feature a range of activities with dancing and drumming performances and interactive experiences for school groups during the morning and an evening program that celebrates the traditional and contemporary arts of Texas's American Indian groups.

School Groups: Activity stations available from 9:30 am-3:30 pm; Performances at 10:30 and 11:30 am. Call (512) 463-6712 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your place at this FREE program.

The doors open at 6:30 pm for an evening program beginning at 7:00 pm. Stations to learn more about traditional craft and foodways will be available both before and after the program.

September 27-28: Byte of Texas: Food and Technology Conference

Saturday, September 27 through Sunday, September 28, Museum-wide

The museum is pleased to host the first Byte of Texas: Food and Technology Conference, a two-day conference dedicated to celebrating, documenting, and further developing the rich food history of Texas. It will feature programming focused on three tracks: Food & Culture, Digital Communications, and Photography. Attendees will hear nationally recognized keynote speakers, enjoy meals together, connect with brands, and get hands-on experience in a variety of topics. Select conference events will be open to the public, including lead keynotes and a culinary book fair. Check out the agenda and buy tickets.

October 1: High Noon Talk: Economics of Slavery

Wednesday, October 1, 12-1 pm, Museum Classrooms

Held on the first Wednesday of every month, High Noon Talks highlight interesting and often untold topics through this lunch-time lecture.


Slavery is one of the most difficult aspects of history to talk about, yet was a significant part of American society. Join Dr. Daina Berry, Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas, for a discussion of the economics of slavery in Texas.

October 5: Free First Sunday: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Sunday, October 5, 12-5 pm (free admission all day for everyone)

Enjoy FREE exhibit admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Families can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibits that showcase artifacts from around the state. Special family programs from 12-3pm combine art creation, presentations by partner organizations, and gallery activities.


This month, explore transportation across Texas in the past, present, and future with activities from 12 - 3 pm. Great for ages 5 and up.

October 8: An Evening for Educators: La Belle: The Ship That Changed History - Sneak Peek

Wednesday, October 8, 5- 8 pm (exclusively for educators)

Experience the Bullock Museum – the biggest classroom in Texas – through special tours, activities, and film screenings. Designed for teachers of all grade levels and subjects, this FREE event will introduce new exhibit-related curriculum guides and activities, professional development opportunities, and unique classroom resources. Plus, enjoy prize drawings, refreshments, the company of fellow teachers, and receive a certificate of participation, SBEC approved.


Join us for a free event exclusively for educators, and learn about the ill-fated French ship La Belle. Find out how archaeologists discovered this 17th-century shipwreck and how they'll rebuild in full of museum visitors from October 2014 to May 2015.

October 15: Texas and the Italian Renaissance

Wednesday, October 15, 7 pm, Texas Spirit Theater

Many people know Tom Lea as the Texas artist of famous Post Office murals throughout the state. Most do not know that those murals, and other works by Lea, reflect a classical influence — the works of art of great Italian Renaissance painter Piero della Francesca. Join art historian Luciano Cheles for an international take on this traditional Texas artist.

October 24: Spooktacular

Friday, October 24, 6-9 pm

Discover the spooky side of Texas at this family-friendly Halloween extravaganza, featuring performances, games, interactive activities, art, and more for kids ages five and up. Come in costume for a special prize!

October 28: Evenings Out: Pirate Night

Tuesday, October 28, Doors open at 6 pm, Trivia starts at 6:30 pm, Museum Cafe

Why fight Austin's traffic when you can stay downtown and enjoy happy hour? Evenings Out include trivia, games, music, great conversation, and plenty of Texas food and libations.


Celebrate the opening of the special exhibit La Belle: The Ship That Changed History with a pirate-themed trivia night. Come alone or with your pirate crew for questions, libations, and conversations. Pirate costumes will be rewarded with doubloons.

November 4: B-Movies & Bad History: Texas B's

Tuesday, November 4, 7 pm, Texas Spirit Theater

Watch some of the best (and worst) Texas-centric movies and television shows with historians, authors, and media experts as they expose the historical facts and fiction on-screen.


Texas has been the backdrop for some laughable sci-fi and horror B-movies, some of which launched the careers of Texas filmmakers. Join former Director of the Texas Film Commission, Tom Copeland, for a taste of these terrible Texas B's. Titles like The Killer Shrews, Piranha and The Swarm will have you shrieking not with terror, but with laughter.

November 5: High Noon Talk: Let's Talk La Belle

Wednesday, November 5, 12-1 pm, Museum Classrooms

Held on the first Wednesday of every month, High Noon Talks highlight interesting and often untold topics through this lunch-time lecture.


What happens after you uncover a shipwreck? Specialists Amy Borgens and Brad Jones from the Texas Historical Commission will discuss how La Belle and the artifacts aboard were recovered and conserved.

November 15: When Modern Meant Classical: The Greek Revival in 19th Century Architecture and Decorative Arts

Saturday, November 15, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Texas Spirit Theater

The Bullock Museum is pleased to host a symposium marking the 200th anniversary of Abner Cook's birth. Cook, a noted 19th century architect, designed many of Austin's noteworthy historic structures, including the Neill-Cochran House and the Texas Governor's Mansion. Further information about speakers and registration can be found by clicking here..

When Modern Meant Classical is organized jointly by the Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Friends of the Governor's Mansion, the Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum, and the Texas State Preservation Board.

Family Programs

August 21: Exploration Station: Native American Games

Thursday, August 21, 11am - 1pm, First Floor Lobby
Free with museum admission

Explore the Story of Texas with a different activity or art project each time. Drop in anytime between 11am and 1pm in the First Floor Lobby and get hands-on with history.


People have been playing games for thousands of years. Play some historical Native American games today and make one to take home.

October 13: Create Your Own: Pioneer Games

Monday, October 13, 11 am and 1 pm, Museum Classrooms

Kids and families will make and take home their own artifacts in this art workshop. Each workshop features a short talk followed by hands-on art making. Ideal for families with children ages six and up, this experience is about 40 minutes in length. Museum members may make advance reservations by calling (512) 936-4649. Otherwise, the program is first come, first served and space is limited — pick up a boarding pass when you arrive at the museum. Free with museum admission. 11am and 1pm each time.


What was life like for kids during the 19th century? Explore the daily life of children, from chores to games, and make your own set of games to take home and play.

November 28: TEXplorations Family Story Time

Friday, November 28, 11 am, Second Floor Lobby

Where will your imagination take you? At Family Story Time, 2-6 year olds will enjoy a free experience just for them with hands-on activities, stories, songs, games, and more!

November 28: Exploration Station

Friday, November 28, 1-3 pm, First Floor Lobby

Explore the Story of Texas with a different activity or art project each time. Drop in anytime between 1pm and 3pm in the First Floor Lobby and get hands-on with history.


Discover historical methods of writing and storytelling, perfect for families with kids ages 6 and up.