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5 Weird & Wonderful Museums in the Hill Country

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Whether you are new to the Texas Hill Country or have lived here all of your life, there are several museums on this must-see list. History buffs and adventure-seekers alike will enjoy new experiences as their expectations are challenged.

1. French Legation Museum

5 Weird & Wonderful Museums in the Hill Country

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Tucked in the cramped and cozy streets of downtown, is a little treasure formerly known as the French Embassy.  Currently known as the French Legation Museum, this beautiful throwback to the days when livestock roamed free on the streets of Austin, is slightly hidden behind a concrete wall.  The main house, unattached kitchen and carriage house sit atop the stretch of rolling green grass. As the docent walks you from the front gallery porch, highlighting the view of the Capitol, to the tiny shared bedrooms, she points out decorative features that double as functional. Finishing the tour you will experience games that children of days gone by would have played from “ball and cup” to stilts.

2. Buckhorn Saloon and Museum

5 Weird & Wonderful Museums in the Hill Country

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As you enter the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum, you are immediately transported to a 1950’s dime store. Proceed a little further and your eyes are overcome by hundreds of buck horns displayed all around you. Your first response may be, “This is a whimsical and silly place!” And though there is some truth to this, continue on and you will be pleasantly surprised. The halls are covered in hundreds of species of record-holders (most famously known is the “78-point buck”). A more recent addition to the Buckhorn is the Texas Rangers Museum with artifacts and even replicas of a jailhouse and 1934 Bonnie & Clyde car.

3. National Museum of the Pacific War

5 Weird & Wonderful Museums in the Hill Country

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Touted as “the most comprehensive, well-organized, and informative military museum” by the Wall Street Journal, the National Museum of the Pacific War does not disappoint. Located on six acres, Admiral Nimitz Museum, George H. W. Bush Gallery, and Plaza of Presidents are a few of the attractions that will make you wish you allotted more time for this trip to Fredericksburg. Once here you will also understand why this is the only museum in the U. S. dedicated to the Pacific-Asiatic Theaters in WWII.

4. Museum of the Weird

5 Weird & Wonderful Museums in the Hill Country
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