All About the Bob Bullock State History Museum

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The Bullock Museum is a division of the State Preservation Board and was named for the state’s 38th Lieutenant Governor, Bob Bullock, who championed the preservation and exhibition of Texas history and worked to establish the museum that opened in 2001. In 2013, the Museum received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition for a museum.

Located just north of the Texas State Capitol, the building exterior is covered with Sunset Red granite and it is topped by a majestic copper dome. Visitors can walk under a monumental 35-foot tall bronze star, the highlight of the Museum’s Lone Star Plaza, around which the six flags of Texas fly on 50-foot tall flagpoles. The Museum’s expansive lobby features a dramatic, four-story rotunda with a stunning granite staircase. A unique 40-foot diameter terrazzo design is centered in the floor of the rotunda.