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The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum

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Address: 318 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205-1816
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+1 210-247-4000
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Thu 10:00 - 17:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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For over 135 years, The Buckhorn Saloon has been known as a gathering place...

For over 135 years, The Buckhorn Saloon has been known as a gathering place for good conversation, great food and spectacular wildlife exhibits. Explore the animal halls and prepare yourself for a truly immersive adventure. Practice your sharp shooting skills in our Toepperwein Shooting Gallery and explore over 500 different animals from around the world. The Texas Ranger Museum houses Texas Ranger artifacts including antique revolvers, automatic handguns, shotguns, badges, photographs and much more. Sip a refreshing drink as you stroll through the 33,000 square feet of artifacts from Texas history. Don't forget to grab a bite of lunch in our Cafe and pick up some souvenirs in our gift shop! The Cafe is open daily for lunch from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Both museums open daily at 10:00 AM. Call for exact closing times. Summer hours 10AM to 9PM. Off season hours vary. Located two blocks from the Alamo and one block from the Riverwalk, The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum and Texas Ranger Museum have something for everyone!

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US$ 21.64*
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The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum and Texas Ranger Museum
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US$ 89.00*
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US$ 99.99*
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San Antonio Mega Pass

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Certainly a unique stop. I didn't pay for the museum based on the reviews I read but the bar and curio shop are certainly worth the stop. The taxidermy of all different animals... read more

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Certainly a unique stop. I didn't pay for the museum based on the reviews I read but the bar and curio shop are certainly worth the stop. The taxidermy of all different animals and so many interesting find in the shop are well worth the time.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What an interesting place! I grew up on a farm and it seemed like every house had some kind of deer head hung on the wall and I never really liked it. I knew that a deer in the freezer meant meat for the winter so hunting was a way of life then. If you kill it, eat it, mentality.... More 

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Monterey, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoy unique and strange America. This place fits that category. The taxidermy collection is interesting if you have a sense of humor and enjoy looking at unique animal displays. The unusual deer heads were fascinating. Where else can you see a deer with an underbite?! The Texas Ranger display was a good overview of the organization for those unfamiliar... More 

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Chadron, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I wasn't that interested in the museum part. It was just ok, not worth the money. $45 or so for 2. The taxidermy is really cool, you can see a lot of that in the dining bar area. There was more taxidermy here, than Texas Ranger. It was something different to do while passing the time. There is food available,... More 

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Tomball, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a large taxidermy collection. Personally, I would have rather gone to the zoo. The Texas Ranger museum is a lot of reading. There's a fun house with crazy mirrors and tilted walls. Then there's a western ghost town area that doesn't really fit in with the rest of the museum. It was okay, but we really don't feel it... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you really want a good museum experience, do not go here. If you want to take kids to have something to do, this might be a place to go. There are lots of head of dead wildlife looking down on you. There are arcade activities for kids. But there is not much explanation of or information about the displays.... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It runs the gamut from the car in which Bonnie and Clyde were killed to an Ames distorted room. There are lots of stuffed animals from around the world and a section with all kinds of Texas Ranger memorabilia. The foot at the restaurant was tasty,.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a family of 5, 2 adults & 3 kids ages 14, 11 & 7,we visited San Antonio for 4 days. The Buckhorn was definitely a highlight for all 5 of us. It gave us an experience which we have never witnessed anywhere else worldwide. Lots of animals(dead & stuffed) ,from deer to giraffe, bears & hippo, armadillo,zebra & elephant,hogs... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I and family and our friends stopped in for some drinks and snacks and to look at the Animal Head collection on the walls. Large and tasty beverages, including Monster Bloody Mary's. The animal collection is interesting and unique. Nice crowd, and a low-cost Children's Arcade with Carnival Mirrors is a nice diversion for the kids. We did not go... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had been here before and found it interesting. Not sure if my teenagers would feel the same, but they really enjoyed it. We did this as part of a City Pass.

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