Since opening in 2001, the Bullock Museum has welcomed more than nine million visitors from across the world, many of which were students and teachers. Throughout those years and into the future, our mission remains the same —to interpret the continually unfolding story of Texas through meaningful educational experiences and inspire a new generation of Texans.
The beginning of each school year opens the doors to new opportunities for educating young Texans —either in person or virtually. The Bullock Museum’s school field trip program invites teachers and students from across the state and beyond to explore the history, culture, and science of Texas past and present and inspire curiosity for the future. Last year, almost 100,000 students, teachers, and chaperones from 111 counties in Texas connected with the Bullock Museum, and we look forward to welcoming even more through our doors this year.
Welcoming students to new experiences
The Bullock Museum aims to reach schools that are both right around the corner and in the far reaches of our vast state. Many schools make an annual trip to Austin to visit the Bullock Museum through a field trip experience, which both piques the interest of the students and supports teachers in making classroom connections. When students visit the Museum, they enter an extension of their classroom—a distinctive venue for learning where they engage in hands-on, interactive activities.
Reaching all students in the Lone Star State
While many school groups visit the Museum in person, the challenges of timing, distance, and cost often make a trip to Austin beyond reach. Last year, the Museum taught nearly 18,000 students in 38 counties across the state through our distance learning program, which allows students to explore history through live, interactive, two-way video conferencing. From their classrooms, students see, hear, and participate in conversations about the history of their state. These experiences bring the exhibitions, artifacts, and primary sources from the Museum into the classrooms and encourage students to think critically about Texas past, present and future. Rather than just images and words on a textbook page, Texas history is now real—exciting, messy, mythic, and more importantly, relatable.
Help us share the story of Texas
Through the financial support of Bullock Museum members, we are able to continue our outstanding exhibitions and educational programming — including opportunities that are free of charge and open to all. Memberships have an immediate impact by allowing us to provide exceptional school visits to children from across the state and strengthen our distance learning programs. Members can help us continue our educational mission and inspire a love of history in the next generation while also enjoying great perks. Members can experience the Museum like a VIP with invitations to exclusive exhibition preview parties, discounts in IMAX®, the Story of Texas Cafe and Museum Store, and unlimited exhibition access and free IMAX® documentary films all year.