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Texas Hill Country Museums Worthy of More Than a Minute’s Glance

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Texas is famous for a number of unique museums, and the Texas Hill Country is no exception. Regional, national, historical, or just plain weird, there are quite a few museums in the region that should be on your must-see list. Here are just a few Texas Hill Country museums that are worthy of more than just a minute glance.

Museum of the Weird

Texas Hill Country Museums Worthy of More Than a Minute Glance

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A tribute to all things weird and whacky, the Museum of the Weird in Austin welcomes visitors to “come visit America’s strangest attraction.” Understanding why the items in the museum exist almost seems like half the fun! It’s really a realm of the unexplained more than anything. Have you ever witnessed the Texas Bigfoot? How about the infamous circus sideshow rarities such as conjoined twins, Chang and Eng? These and so much more “weird” is available for your view pleasure at this unique Texas Hill Country museum.

National Museum of the Pacific War

Texas Hill Country Museums Worthy of More Than a Minute Glance

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Welcoming more than 100,000 visitors annually, the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg is the only one in America dedicated exclusively to sharing the story of the Pacific and Asiatic focuses in World War II. Established in 1971 and operated by the Nimitz Foundation (check out their incredible museum history on their website link here) the Museum has grown and transformed into one of the most well-respected and regarded military collections in the nation.

French Legation Museum

Texas Hill Country Museums Worthy of More Than a Minute Glance

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Formerly known as the French Embassy, the French Legation Museum in Austin is maintained in the oldest building in the city. At one time a diplomatic residence, this home sends visitors back in time to the Republic of Texas era, featuring tours of the private home which was built for the French chargé d’affaires, Alphonse Dubois. Since his time in the residence, the property has had two additional significant owners including the State of Texas, which appointed the Daughters of the Republic of Texas as the custodians of the property. Tours are led by docents who are versed in its history, and they last approximately 45 minutes.