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Tickets & Events

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

 

Exhibits

The Story of Texas Core Exhibits (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

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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

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When Austin Got Weird (July 11 - 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

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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

under-the-sea

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: 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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Programs

July 25: Music Under the Star: Jason Roberts Band & Ray Benson and Milkdrive

Friday, July 25, 6-9pm, Lone Star Plaza

Join us for this Austin tradition of free music under the bronze star! The Bullock Texas State History Museum is proud to celebrate its eleventh season of outstanding Texas music with the annual free summer concert series, Music Under the Star. In July, bring your camp chairs and blankets (but no coolers, please) and dance the evening away to the hottest sounds in Austin. This free concert series features a fantastic line-up of Texas musicians who will play from 6 to 9 pm on the Bullock Museum's Lone Star Plaza. Free parking in the museum's garage after 6 pm.

The Music Under the Star concert series is sponsored by Frost Bank with additional support from the Downtown Austin Alliance.

KUTX FM and Texas Music Water have also donated their support.


Jason Roberts Band

Grammy Award-winning fiddle player Jason Roberts brings his signature style to his latest musical adventure. Building on a lifetime working alongside Western Swing giants, he has teamed up with world-class talents to launch the Jason Roberts Band.

Ray Benson and Milkdrive

In his 40 years as front man for legendary western swing band, Asleep at the Wheel, Ray Benson has received nine Grammy awards and countless other musical accolades. Now with the release of his second solo album, Benson has teamed up with Austin jazz-grass string band, Milkdrive, to explore new frontiers in Texas music.

July 29: 1968’s Past, Present, and Future Film Series: Rosemary's Baby

Tuesday, July 29, 7pm, Texas Spirit Theater

This series, co-sponsored by Austin Film Festival, explores representations of the past, present and future as seen through the lens of 1968 films. Enjoy a screening and Q&A with film historians.  This program is free for AFF and Bullock Museum members. Reservations are required and can be made by filling out our online form. For questions, please call 512-936-4649. Non-members may attend by purchasing tickets here.


Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary's Baby

A young couple move into a new apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins controlling her life.
(Rated R: 136 min)

August 2: Book It, Texas! The Silence of Our Friends

Saturday, August 2, 10:30 am, Museum Boardroom
Free Program

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


In this staff-led discussion, explore how racial tensions in 1968 Houston played out through the experience of two families—one white and one black—in the graphic novel The Silence of Our Friends, co-written by Mark Long and Jim Demonakos, with illustrations by Nate Powell.

August 3: Free First Sundays: 1960s Day

Sunday, August 3, 12-3pm (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.


Travel backward to the 1960s and explore this wild decade with fun for families. Kids will make their own wearable 1960s art, explore 1968 with exhibit guides just for them, and much more. Hippie attire encouraged!

August 6: High Noon Talk: 1968 Theater

Wednesday, August 6, 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.


The turbulence of American life and politics was reflected in the plays that made their debuts in 1968. In conjunction with the exhibit 1968, Joyce Aldridge, theater historian, actor and director, will discuss the significant theatrical releases of that year and what they revealed about the American experience.

August 12: 1968’s Past, Present, and Future Film Series: 2001 A Space Odyssey

Tuesday, August 12, 7pm, Texas Spirit Theater

 

This series, co-sponsored by Austin Film Festival, explores representations of the past, present and future as seen through the lens of 1968 films. Enjoy a screening and Q&A with film historians.  This program is free for AFF and Bullock Museum members. Reservations are required and can be made by filling out our online form. For questions, please call 512-936-4649. Non-members may attend by purchasing tickets here.


2001 A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey

This 1968 epic directed by Stanley Kubrick follows a space voyage to Jupiter guided by the infamous intelligent computer, H.A.L., to trace a signal emitted by an object buried under the Lunar surface.
(All Audiences: 160 min)

 

 

August 17: When Austin Got Weird: Poster Art of the 1960s and 1970s

Sunday August 17, 2-4 pm, Texas Spirit Theater

In the not too distant past, rednecks, hippies and cosmic cowboys epitomized the "scene" and counterculture movement in Austin. This combination lecture and workshop will include a moderated conversation with some of Austin's legendary poster artists from the Vulcan Gas Company and the Armadillo World Headquarters and a chance to go home with a unique, hand-created piece of art.

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) 935-4649 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.

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.

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.

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 is it like to return home from a conflict? 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. At 2pm, hear from veterans of Vietnam and Iraq/Afghanistan comparing their experience of readjusting to life back home.

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.

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.

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.

September 26: Texas Artist Series: American Indian Heritage Day

Friday, September 26, All Day, Grand Lobby

American Indian Dancer

The museum is 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: 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 evening program will begin at 6:30pm with an opportunity to view and learn about traditional fiber arts and foodways followed by performances beginning at 7:00pm.

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.

Family Programs

July 22: TEXplorations Family Story Time

Tuesday, July 22, 11 am, Second Floor Lobby
Free program

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!


This week, we'll see the world from an astronaut's point of view and explore life in space.

July 24: Exploration Station: Campaign Buttons

Thursday, July 24, 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


Do you think you might run for public office someday? Try our your favorite slogans today by making your own campaign button to take home.

July 29: TEXplorations Family Story Time

Tuesday, July 29, 11 am, Second Floor Lobby
Free program

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!


This week, we'll go under the sea and learn about creatures that live in our oceans.

July 31: Create Your Own: Rock Art

Thursday, July 31, 11am and 1pm, Classrooms
Free with museum admission

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 seven and up, this experience is about 45 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


Few things have staying power like rock art. Discover how people wrote these ancient stories on stone, and create unique rock art pieces of your own.

August 5: TEXplorations Family Story Time

Tuesday, August 5, 11 am, Second Floor Lobby
Free program

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!


This week, we'll explore different kinds of jobs that Texans do and enjoy a visit from a very special guest.

August 12: TEXplorations Family Story Time

Tuesday, August 19, 11 am, Second Floor Lobby
Free program

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!


This week, we'll discover where wild animals make their homes in Texas.

August 16: Create Your Own: Screen Printing

Saturday, August 16, 11am and 1pm, Classrooms
Free with museum admission

Smudge Studio

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 seven and up, this experience is about 45 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


Pop Art - When you think of the 1960s, pop art surely comes to mind. Discover the stories behind the art and design your own Andy Warhol inspired canvas with Smudge Studios.

August 19: TEXplorations Family Story Time

Tuesday, August 19, 11 am, Second Floor Lobby
Free program

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!


This week, we'll find out what life is like on a ranch and on the range.

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.