Where to Go to Learn About Texas History and Texans

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Interested in Texas history or the wonderful things that make Texans unique? Visit any of the great museums in the Texas Hill Country for distinctive views of Texana. From weird and wacky to inspiring and historic, museums in Texas reflect many different perspectives of this state’s past.

1. Bullock Texas State History Museum

Bullock Texas History Museum

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The Bullock Texas State History Museum, located on the University of Texas campus in Austin, is the official exhibition site for Texas history. If you want an overview of Texas history, this should be one of your must-visit stops during your explorations of the Hill Country. You will find three stories of exhibits that tell the story of the state from its first inhabitants to today. Special exhibits regularly visit and leave, so you may see something different every time you go to this museum.

2. Frontier Times Museum

Entrance to Frontier Times Museum in Bandera

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Is your idea of Texas history curios and cowboys? Visit the Frontier Times Museum in Bandera, Texas Cowboy Capital of the World. The founder of the museum collected curios from locals to build the foundation of the Frontier Times Museum. Later, a new owner contributed his collection of western paintings and art, in the now Doane Gallery portion of the museum. Even the building itself is steeped in Texas history. Builders incorporated fossils, arrowheads, and petrified wood into the walls of the museum. You won’t encounter anything like this site anywhere else.

3. Pioneer Museum and Village

Sign for Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg

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Fredericksburg’s Pioneer Museum and Village offers visitors a glimpse into the past of those who first colonized Texas. This museum seeks to preserve the lifestyle of those first German immigrants who founded Fredericksburg. Covering three acres of Uptown, this museum offers visitors a chance to see replicas of the original buildings the pioneers constructed. Plan for at least an hour to visit the museum, and stay in the area for the art galleries and eateries.

4. Falls on the Colorado Museum

Falls on the Colorado Museum
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