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5 Must-Visit Museums in Texas

Texas History Museum

The Bullock State History Museum provides a glimpse Texas’s 4,000-year-old history.

The state of Texas is home to than 350 museums, each one specializing in art, nature, cultural history, and more. Here are 5 you must visit:

  1. Bullock Texas State History Museum
    1800 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX

    Learn about the story of Texas in Austin’s Bullock Texas State History Museum. Named after the late Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock, this three-story museum provides a glimpse of more than 4,000 years of Texas history. Get to know about the early Native American tribes who populated the area, listen to narrated eyewitness accounts of the Civil War, and get to see advanced Texan fighter planes up close, and more. You can even watch movies on IMAX, as well as enjoy several special events throughout the year.

  2. USS Lexington Museum on the Bay
    2914 N. Shoreline Boulevard, Corpus Christi, TX

    The USS Lexington is a “retired” aircraft carrier that was part of the Fifth Fleet in Pearl Harbor when it was commissioned in 1943. It sank four times during its run in the Pacific Theater and repaired each and every time. The ship was so seemingly indestructible, a Japanese general nicknamed it “The Blue Ghost.” Today, it is a floating museum on the beautiful Corpus Christi beach. Visitors can tour the 16-deck, 33,000-ton aircraft carrier to check out the planes on the flight deck and also learn about Pearl Harbor in an immersive media exhibit. You can even control a war plane in a flight simulator and navigate your own fleet of warships in virtual battle stations.

  3. Children’s Museum of Houston
    1500 Binz Street, Houston, TX

    Ranked as one of the 10 best children’s museums by Reader’s Digest in 2018, it features over 90,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibits that kids of all ages can enjoy.

    Your children can do many fun things like run a mini city in Kidtropolis, make the craziest inventions in the Invention Convention, get lost in the 35-foot PowerPlay maze, and become underground spies at S.E.C.R.E.T. That’s not all – the museum even holds interactive literacy programs via their “Read Strong All Year Long” campaign to help kids get into books and to give them an edge in reading.

  4. Ripley’s San Antonio
    301 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX

    Seeing is believing at Ripley’s San Antonio. This location features more than 500 of world’s most fascinating oddities. They include 3,500 pounds of the Berlin Wall, the largest tire in the world, and the car Lee Harvey Oswald rode when he went to Dallas to assassinate President John F. Kennedy in 1963. You can also find Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks inside, featuring life-sized figures of historical personalities and popular Hollywood celebrities. Don’t forget to check out the 4D Moving Theater for an edge-of-your-seat motion experience like no other.

  5. Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr., Houston, TX

    Over two million people visit this science museum each year, thanks to the breadth of its collection. Explore 16 permanent natural science exhibits that include the Herztein Foucault Pendelum, Welch Hall of Chemistry, and the Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife. You can also see the stars in Burke Baker Planetarium, watch science movies at the Wortham GIANT Screen Theatre, and see hundreds of butterflies at the Cockrell Butterfly Center. Plus, with over 3,000 artifacts and specimens being added every year, the Houston Museum of Natural Science will always have something new and fascinating to delight people.

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