Bullock Texas State History Museum

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Bullock Texas State History Museum
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Bullock Texas State History Museum is located in Texas
Bullock Texas State History Museum
Bullock Texas State History Museum
Location within Texas
Established 2001
Location 1800 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas
Coordinates 30°16′49″N 97°44′20″W / 30.2802°N 97.7388°W / 30.2802; -97.7388Coordinates: 30°16′49″N 97°44′20″W / 30.2802°N 97.7388°W / 30.2802; -97.7388
Type Texas history
Owner Texas State Preservation Board
Website Official web site

The Bullock Texas State History Museum, is a history museum in Austin, Texas. The museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board.[1] Its stated mission is to tell "the Story of Texas."[2]

The history museum is named after former Texas Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock, who championed its creation.[3] The museum is located at 1800 North Congress Avenue in Austin, a few blocks north of the Texas State Capitol.[3] The museum has three floors of interactive exhibits; the first floor theme is "land," the second floor theme "identity," and the third floor theme "opportunity."[4] On the second floor of the museum, The Spirit Theater hosts a feature presentation entitled Star of Destiny.[5] Designed by award-winning experience designer Bob Rogers and the design team BRC Imagination Arts,[6] the special effects theater presentation takes audiences on an epic journey through the history of Texas, narrated by the character of Sam Houston. In addition to playing several shows, daily, the 200-seat Texas Spirit Theater is also used by the museum as a multimedia special effects theater for alternate film and lecture presentations[7] The museum also has a 70 mm film-based IMAX theater. The theater seats 400 and has a projector with both 2-D and 3-D capability.[8]

Construction broke ground on April 15, 1999, at a cost of US $80 million. Construction management services were provided by Thos. S. Byrne, Ltd. The museum opened on San Jacinto Day, April 21, 2001.[9][10]

In 2002, the Texas historian Walter L. Buenger wrote an article on the new museum entitled "The Story of Texas: The Texas State History Museum and Memories of the Past," in Southwestern Historical Quarterly.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State Preservation Board". State of Texas. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ Clemons, Leigh (2008). Branding Texas: Performing Culture in the State of Texas. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press. p. 25. ISBN 978-0-292-71807-4. 
  3. ^ a b Fodor's (2008). Fodor's San Antonio, Austin & Hill Country. New York: Random House. p. 97. ISBN 978-1-4000-0718-9. 
  4. ^ "Exhibits - Bullock Texas State History Museum - The Story of Texas | Bullock Texas State History Museum". The Story of Texas. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  5. ^ "The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Texas Spirit Theater: The Star of Destiny". BRC Imagination Arts. 
  6. ^ "R"The Star of Destiny" for presentation in the Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock Texas State History Museum". BRC Imagination Arts. 
  7. ^ "Star of Destiny - Bullock Texas State History Museum - The Story of Texas | Spirit Theater". The Story of Texas. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  8. ^ "Now Showing - Bullock Texas State History Museum - The Story of Texas | IMAX". The Story of Texas. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  9. ^ "New museum breaks ground". The Daily Texan. April 16, 1999. 
  10. ^ "Bullock museum construction on track Structure set to open in spring". The Daily Texan. June 9, 2000. 
  11. ^ "Walter L. Buenger". tamu.edu. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 

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