Historic San Jacinto battle flags on view at the Bullock

Newport Rifle Company San Jacinto Battle Flag, Courtesy State Preservation Board, Austin, TX; Original Artist: Beard, James Henry; Photographer: Thomson, Fonda; post 1990; post conservation

San Jacinto Battle Flag from 1835. This historic painted silk flag with Lady Liberty carrying a cutlass with the banner “liberty or death” was carried by Texian troops through the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836. It, together with four other flags present at the battle, is on view at the Bullock Museum through August 2016.


In honor of San Jacinto Day on April 21, five historic flags present at the Battle of San Jacinto are on view at the Bullock Texas State History Museum now through August 2016. Fought on April 21, 1836 near present-day Houston, the battle was the decisive conflict of the Texas Revolution.

Led by General Sam Houston, the Texian Army defeated General Antonio López de Santa Anna’s Mexican army at the Battle of San Jacinto — a fight that lasted 18 minutes. The victory ended the Texas Revolution, which began in October 1835 when the first shot was fired at the Battle of Gonzalez. The outcome of the San Jacinto battle gained Texas its independence from Mexico.

Flags on view include the Newport Rifles Company battle flag, three Mexican battalion flags — Matamoros, Toluca and Guerrero — and a Mexican guidon. Several of the Mexican flags were present at the siege of the Alamo. This marks the first time in 180 years that these flags have been displayed together.

The Newport Rifles Company battle flag, also known as the San Jacinto Battle Flag, was carried through the Battle of San Jacinto by Texian volunteer troops who arrived from Kentucky to fight under the command of General Sidney Sherman. The only remaining flag in the state carried by Texan forces, it normally hangs in the Texas State Capitol behind the podium used by the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives when in session.

The five Texas-Revolution era battle flags are on view in the Bullock Museum’s second floor permanent gallery through August, 2016.

To learn more about the Bullock Museum and its exhibits, visit TheStoryofTexas.com or call 512-936-8746.

Bullock Museum hours:
Monday-Saturday 9 am-5 pm
Sunday 12-5 pm
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1800 N Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

“Twenty-four Hours with the Herd” performance with Graham Reynolds

Award-winning Austin composer Graham Reynolds re-imagine Texas artist Frank Reaugh’s groundbreaking 1933 performance Twenty-four Hours with the Herd during two performances on Friday, November 13, 2015 in the Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock Museum. Featuring special musical guest Redd Volkaert and narration by Austin writer Gene Fowler, the performances brings to life seven panoramic pastel landscapes that constitute Reaugh’s landmark work through projections, live music, and 4D effects. This performance is presented in collaboration with the Bullock Museum’s current Tom Lea exhibition.

Ransom Center and Bullock Museum members who purchase tickets to the 7:15 p.m. performance receive exclusive access to a 6 p.m. reception. Enjoy cocktails and conversation with Bullock Museum and Harry Ransom Center curators as they further explore Frank Reaugh, the original performance of Twenty-four Hours with the Herd, Tom Lea, and the careers of these two Texas contemporaries.

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View the exhibition Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West, which includes the seven panoramic landscapes of Twenty-four Hours with the Herd, at the Harry Ransom Center through November 29.

October is Tom Lea Month

Tom Lea - Lonely Town


October is one of the very best times of the year, in part because it’s Tom Lea Month! Celebrate this iconic Texas artist and writer with the first comprehensive collection of paintings, illustrations, full-scale prints of murals in the Bullock Museum’s new exhibition Tom Lea: Chronicler of 20th Century America.

El Paso native Tom Lea (1907-2001) depicted both the hauntingly beautiful Southwest and his experience as artist-correspondent. More than 40 original artworks, artifacts, and large-scale prints on loan from private collections and museums  are on view at the museum. Lea’s work is highly personal — exploring his own life and depicting the lives of 20th-century Americans, from the struggles of the Great Depression to those serving abroad in the military. Lea’s work was featured in the White House, Life magazine, and in Hollywood films.

Tom Lea: Chronicler of 20th Century America will be on view through Jan. 3, 2016, and is a collaboration among the Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Tom Lea Institute, and the Texas State History Museum Foundation. For details on ticket prices, programs, and more, visit TheStoryOfTexas.com or call (512) 936-8746. Explore other Tom Lea Month events and programs around the Southwest, learn more at TomLea.com.

Associated Events

Lunchtime Lecture: Tom Lea, a Texas Legend

Thursday, October  15  //  12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Member-Exclusive Tom Lea Reception

Thursday, October  15  //  6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Summer Activities for All Ages

Celebrate suAFM_2015_2mmer early and attend the Bullock Museum’s Music Under the Star: Spring Edition on Sunday, May 24 and Sunday, May 31 beginning at 4 p.m. Enjoy a free music concert featuring local talents on the Bullock’s plaza presented by the American Federation of Musicians.

For more musical adventures on Austin’s Cultural Campus, don’t miss the traveling exhibit Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles!, opening at the LBJ Presidential Library on Saturday, June 13. The exhibit’s opening day activities includes online essay writing service free admission all day, live music, and more!

Other upcoming summer events include:

June 6, 2015, 9 a.m.

We are celebrating the end of a successful school year with FREE admission to the museum! Museum exhibits open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the activities run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Scheduled activities:  The dig pit will be open to young paleontologists from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Fossil identifications will be available from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturdays in June at 3 p.m.

The Harry Ransom Center’s Young Adventurers Film Series kicks off on Saturday, June 6, at 3 p.m. with Disney’s film Alice in Wonderland (1951).

Drawing on Lewis Carroll’s books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, the film has become one of the most popular representations of the Alice stories.

The program is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. Seating is first-come, first-served, and doors open at 2:30 p.m. Run time is 75 minutes, and the film is rated G.

This series is held in conjunction with the Ransom Center’s current exhibition Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, on view through July 6. Mark your calendar for the upcoming films James and the Giant Peach (June 13), Coraline (June 20), and Where the Wild Things Are (June 27.)

Enjoy these exhibitions on view at Austin’s Cultural Campus museums: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Wildly Strange: The Photographs of Ralph Eugene Meatyard, and Roller Derby.

Explore Austin’s Cultural Campus with your family

Photo by Whitney Martin.

Photo by Whitney Martin.

Spring is a perfect time to walk between museums, stopping for public art along the way.

Current exhibitions at Austin’s Cultural Campus institutions include: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, La Belle: The Ship That Changed History, Roller Derby, Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, Up + Up: 2015 Senior Art Exhibition, and more!

Please note: The Texas Memorial Museum and Bullock Museum will be closed on April 5, Easter Sunday, and the Visual Arts Center is always closed on Sundays.

Interested in attending a program? Don’t miss upcoming family events at the Bullock Museum and Harry Ransom Center.

April 4, 2015, 11–noon; 1–2 p.m.

Kids and families will make and take home their own artifacts in this art workshop. Each workshop features a short talk followed by hands-on art making. Ideal for families with children ages 8 and up, this experience is about 40 minutes in length. Museum members may make advance reservations by calling 512-936-4649. Otherwise, the program is first come, first served and space is limited. Pick up a boarding pass (free with Museum admission) when you arrive.

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 10 A.M.–5 P.M. & SATURDAY, MAY 9, 10 A.M.–5 P.M.

Visit Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and enjoy activities for the young and young at heart. Participate in writing activities with teaching artists from Austin Public Library Friends Foundation’s Badgerdog Creative Writing Program or engage with Lewis Carroll-inspired math activities with local math literacy organization Math Happens. University of Texas at Austin museum theater students perform alongside items in the galleries. Additional activities include docent-led exhibition tours and story times in the theater. Family days are generously supported by a grant from the Austin Community Foundation, with in-kind support provided by Terra Toys.

World War I across Austin’s Cultural Campus

PSM2925_loThe Harry Ransom Center’s current exhibition, The World at War, 1914–1918, showcases items from its collection that document a global perspective of the Great War. With propaganda posters, uniforms, and love letters on display, this exhibition illuminates the experience of the war from the point of view of its participants and observers.

Nearby the Ransom Center, visitors can enjoy another exhibition with historical significance at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. In collaboration with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Bullock Museum features an exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the only surviving United States Navy vessel that served in both world wars: the USS TEXAS.Battleship Docked

The exhibit displays images and artifacts from the vessel’s 30 years of service that tell the story of life on board as well as the United States’ evolution into a global force. Visitors can see the champagne bottleneck from the ship’s launch, several electric candelabra that were on board, and many more important items from the ship’s history.

Battleship TEXAS will is on view in the Bullock’s 3rd Floor Rotunda Gallery until April 13, 2014. The World at War, 1914–1918 is on view until August 3, 2014 at the Ransom Center.

Save the date for annual ACC Concert Crawl!


WEATHER UPDATE, 4/6: It’s raining! This means we’re going with the inclement weather plan for today’s Austin Cultural Campus Spring Concert Crawl. Instead of one of the four spots being Mark di Suvero’s sculpture, we’ll be in the POB atrium (at Speedway & 24th) where Deborah Butterfield’s horse sculpture, “Vermillion”, is on view. All other locations are the same. See you soon! 

Austin’sCultural Campus (ACC) is looking forward to co-hosting the annual spring Concert Crawl on Sunday, 6 April with free admission and live music. This innovative and fun music concert series is co-presented with the Butler School of Music. A series of short, informal music concerts performed by talented students of the Butler School of Music will be presented at four of Austin’s most popular cultural destinations. Concert programs will begin at 1:00pm, 2:00pm, and 3:00pm at each venue. Each mini-concert will feature a variety of music masterworks specifically chosen to respond to the art and collections exhibited at the museums. Travel from each location to hear all four music programs, and enjoy an inspiring afternoon of music, history, art, and fun. Kick off the afternoon at whichever spot you like, and then visit the rest in the order that strikes your fancy. The weather is predicted to be sunny, beautiful, and in the low to mid 70s.

A trombone quartet will perform a selection of trombone quartets at Mark di Suvero’s Clock Knot in Landmarks’ public art collection (the tall red abstract sculpture located on the lawn at the corner of East Dean Keeton & Speedway streets). At the Harry Ransom Center (300 West 21st Street), a string quartet will perform Beethoven’s Opus 59, No. 1. At the Blanton Museum of Art (200 E Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard), a piano trio will perform Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons. And right across the street from the Blanton, The Bullock Texas State History Museum (1800 Congress Avenue, will feature a wind quartet performing John Harbison’s Quintet for Winds.

Mark di Suvero's "Clock Knot"

Mark di Suvero’s “Clock Knot”

We’d love to see pics of your experience! Share with us at #ATXCulturalCampus.

Rain or shine. See you there!




2013 Holiday Museum Crawl

2013 holidaycrawl

Enjoy festive music, hot beverages, special discounts and a prize drawing!

‘Tis the season to shop local, and Austin’s Cultural Campus is offering a shopping event to get everyone in the holiday spirit! Downtown Austin is a cultural destination, where unique shops within walking distance of one another offer museum-quality gifts that allow you to make meaningful purchases that support art, history and science in your city.

The Blanton Museum of Art, Bullock Texas State History Museum, Harry Ransom Center, LBJ Presidential Library, Texas Memorial Museum, and the Visual Arts Center have joined forces to present the 2013 Holiday Museum Crawl on Saturday, December 7, with festive music, hot beverages and special discounts for those who mention the Austin Cultural Campus.

By shopping in Austin museums and cultural centers, you can find distinctive gifts, such as original art work, nature-themed jewelry, dinosaur goodies, collectibles, souvenirs or the official state ornament. For a gift that lasts all year, purchase a membership and receive a free gift at some locations while supplies last. Sign up at any location to be entered in a special prize package drawing.

Explore Austin’s museum shops online:

Blanton Museum of Art

Bullock Texas State History Museum

Harry Ransom Center

LBJ Presidential Library

Texas Memorial Museum

Visual Arts Center

Explore Austin’s Cultural Campus!

In 2010, administrators from two of Austin’s most popular museums put their heads together to brainstorm ways they might help one another publicize events. The brainchild born of that conversation was Austin’s Cultural Campus, a pedestrian-friendly destination offering exhibitions that highlight visual and literary arts, history and science. In addition to rich cultural experiences, visitors can enjoy performances, shopping, dining and much more.

Seven organizations comprise Austin’s Cultural Campus (ACC) and all are located on or near the University of Texas at Austin campus within walking distance of each other—the Blanton Museum of Art, the Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, the LBJ Presidential Library, the Texas Memorial Museum, the Visual Art Center, and Landmarks (the public art program of the University of Texas).

Click here to watch a short video about ACC.

“ACC partners with local organizations to offer new and creative ways for visitors to experience member institutions,” explains Kathleen Stimpert, Director of Public Relations and Marketing at the Blanton and one of ACC’s founders. “Over the years these have included segway tours with SegCity, bike tours with Mellow Johnny’s, music crawls with the Butler School, and a Holiday Shopping crawl.”

You can pick up a rack card at any of the member institutions for descriptions and a map of their locations. Keep up with ACC special events on this blog or our Facebook page.