It makes perfect sense that Texas’ official history museum is named after former Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock. This larger than life character personified the rough and tumble world of Texas politics in the 1970s through the 1990s. Though the Bullock Museum opened a year and a half after his death, Bullock was instrumental in establishing it.

The museum bearing his name is the perfect spot for Austinites and those visiting Austin to connect with Texas history. There’s enough entertainment here to spend the better part of a day, and you’ll only scratch the surface of all the permanent and temporary exhibits featured within the museum’s walls.

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You probably don’t need convincing to visit the Bullock Museum, but in case you need to persuade some friends or make a downtown Austin date itinerary, here are 10 reasons to make the trip to Congress Avenue at Martin Luther King Boulevard.

10.) Take your picture in front of the giant star

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Before you even set foot inside the Bullock Museum, you’re greeted outside by a 35-foot bronze star dominating the plaza in front. Take a moment to have your group’s photograph taken with the star and the museum as your backdrop. You’ll look tiny as you’re dwarfed by the star standing six times taller than you. But hey, everything’s bigger in Texas, right?



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