Bullock Texas State History Museum Reopening

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The Bullock Texas State History Museum is reopening and we couldn’t be happier about it! The exhibition galleries and Museum Store will be open to the public beginning on Saturday, September 12.

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Changes are being made to limit the spread of COVID-19, including heightened safety protocols, new open hours, and timed entry. 

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The Bullock Museum closed in March and immediately began constructing a phased plan to respond to community conditions and ensure the safest possible future reopening. During the closure, the Museum expanded opportunities for online learning through virtual education programming and web resources.  

The Museum’s phased plan, which began with the reopening of the IMAX® Theatre on September 3 for limited screenings of Tenet, adheres to guidelines recommended by national, state, and local authorities.

Museum New Hours:
Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Monday and Tuesday

As previously mentioned, new safety protocols include timed entry, allowing a limited number of visitors per hour into the Museum’s three floors of gallery spaces. Guests are encouraged to reserve their exhibition tickets online prior to their visit. Masks are required for all staff and visitors ages 10 and older, and sanitization stations will be available throughout the Museum. All public spaces and high-touch areas will be cleaned frequently during the day, and the full building will be disinfected each evening after closing. 

Visitors returning to the Bullock Museum will be able to explore the special exhibition This Light Of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement, a visual story of the struggle against segregation, race-based disenfranchisement, and Jim Crow laws in the 1960s.

IMAX documentary screenings will resume during daily open hours and will feature the new family friendly documentary Into America’s Wild. The IMAX Theatre will also continue screening feature films on select days and times. 

If community conditions allow, the Museum’s Texas Spirit Theater will resume operation later this fall, and the Story of Texas Cafe will reopen in January 2021.

The Bullock Museum will continue to offer educational programs and resources online for children, adults and families. For more information, please visit TheStoryofTexas.com.

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