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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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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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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 (through 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 (through November 6) (2)

IMAX Theatre

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See the Holy Land for the first time in IMAX 3D on the biggest screen in Texas. Featuring rare and awe-inspiring aerial footage of the city, this film offers unprecedented access to Jerusalem's holiest sites. read more

(All audiences: 45 min.)

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Programs

September 26: American Indian Heritage Day

Friday, September 26, All Day, Grand Lobby

American Indian Dancer

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.

For a schedule of events and more information click here.

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.

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

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.