Spending summers in Austin means long, hot days when staying in air conditioned buildings becomes the priority of the day. If you’re itching to get out of the house while also staying cool, and you need a break from the pool, The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a great option. Located in downtown Austin, the museum offers a perfect picture-taking opportunity in front of the big Texas star! Head inside to check out the exhibits, learn about the history of Texas, catch a film at the IMAX Theater, or stay for one of their many family-friendly programs offered all summer long.
You can always find engaging exhibits on Texas history, but the exhibit you don’t want to miss this summer is Pong to Pokémon: The Evolution of Electronic Gaming. Opening July 29, this exhibit will explore the history of gaming and where it’s headed, with a special emphasis on Texas’ role in the industry. (Did you know that Texas ranks third in the nation in number of video game personnel?) There will be classic games available to play (no quarters needed!) like Oregon Trail, Centipede, Tetris and more.
Summer Free Family Film Series
All summer long, the Bullock Museum is presenting a biweekly Summer Free Family Film Series. This year’s theme is A Magical Fantastical Adventure. The movies are free and open to the public with preferred seating for museum members.
All seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but museum members have priority seating. Guests do not need to purchase tickets, but simply show up for line queuing outside of the Spirit Theater on the second floor of the museum. Bullock members will have priority seating which begins at 1:30 p.m. Members must present their membership card at the theater for early access. All other guests will begin seating at 1:40 p.m. Concessions from the IMAX lobby will be allowed in the theater.
2017 Summer Free Family Film Series schedule
June 3 – Matilda
June 10 – Alice in Wonderland (Disney animated version)
July 1 – The Black Cauldron
July 22 – My Neighbor Totoro
August 5 – Secret of the Kells
August 12 – Where the Wild Things Are
Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series
Music Under the Stars is a free concert series held each July in the Bullock Museum’s Lone Star Plaza. The public is invited to experience free concerts under the iconic Bullock Museum Star from 6 to 9 p.m. with complimentary garage parking. Bring the whole family, camp chairs, and blankets to enjoy an incredible lineup of Texas artists.
2017 Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series schedule
July 7 – James McMurtry with Akina Adderley
July 14 – Mother Falcon with Molly Burch
July 21 – Tameca Jones with Los Coast
Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 N. Congress Ave.
Austin / (512) 936-8746