Monday, September 1, 2008

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum & the Capitol Building - Austin, Tx

Ok, so I only got to three of my five I had planned, but it's been brutally hot and I'm 8 months pregnant, now. I can write up a few of the other places I went, later, because even if I've been there before, you probably haven't.

Anyway, the kids had cousins in town, just before school started, so we did a ton of stuff together. One of these days we went to the Texas State Capitol. If you get the chance, this is always a fun tour.
They've done a fabulous job of keeping all the historical architecture while upgrading technology for modern convenience. Of course, the funnest part when I was a kid (and even now as a parent) is to walk to the center of the rotunda and look at the seals of the six sovereign nations that have ruled here (FYI, this is where the Six Flags theme parks got their name, the Six Flags Over Texas) and then look up to the star at the very top of the rotunda dome.

I never get tired of the capitol. There's always something new to discover, and the building itself is just so beautiful.

Just up the street is the Bullock Museum. The exhibits are pretty good, and they do cover the whole of Texas history, from pre-colonial & Spanish eras, all the way up through the Alamo, cowboys & the Civil War then on to NASA & Buddy Holly.

It's an interesting place, but not quite as cool as I was hoping. This was especially a bit of a letdown after the utter awesomeness of the capitol. The one thing they do have going for them is the IMAX theater. They're currently showing Dolphins & Whales, Grand Canyon Adventure 3D, Sea Monsters 3D, and The Dark Knight. Yup, they've got Batman, and he's three stories tall. How cool is that?

**In the interest of full disclosure, all these pictures are off the web. I got there too late to do the whole tour at the capitol and the Bullock museum doesn't allow cameras.**


Corinne said...

Thanks for this info! My sister might be going to college in Austin so MAYBE I'll actually get to Texas one day :)

scott davidson said...

I went to a contemporary art fair in Shanghai recently, which was a real eye-opener. Chinese contemporary art has come leaps and bounds from the watery Zen landscapes to huge canvases of strange-looking beings. The prices being asked and paid were huge too.
Oriental, if not Chinese, my print of Jean-Léon Gérôme's painting,, bought some time ago from, is as lovely as ever.