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The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum and Texas Ranger Museum

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    Visit: The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum, 318 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205-1816

    Since its founding in 1881, the Buckhorn Saloon has grown from a bar decorated with antler racks into an impressive collection of taxidermy with more than 520 animal species represented, in addition to other spectacular exhibits.

    Make your way to the site and browse the fascinating collections in the Hall of Horns, Hall of Feathers, and Hall of Fins. Among the treasures to behold: a Texas Longhorn with horns that measure more than 8 feet (2.5 meters) across; a record-breaking 1,056-pound (479-kilo) marlin that was caught in Peru; oddities such as an 8-legged lamb and a 2-headed calf; and other impressive horns that include a 78-point buck and a moose with a 5-foot, 7-inch (1.7-meter) rack. Prized specimens include rare and extinct creatures such as an Irish elk and a pair of passenger pigeons.

    In the old days, the saloon's owners traded with cowboys, exchanging beer or whiskey for antlers and rattlesnake rattles. They then created chairs from the antlers, such as a 62-horn chair for Teddy Roosevelt, and art pieces from the rattles. See these pieces, then step into the past in the Hall of Texas History Wax Museum section. Dioramas that depict early Texas were originally featured at San Antonio’s Hemisphere World's Fair in 1968.

    The Texas Ranger Museum is a more recent addition to the Buckhorn’s collection. It includes artifacts from two centuries of Texas law enforcement, including historic revolvers, sawed-off shotguns, photographs, badges and more. Ranger Town recreates San Antonio life in the early 1900s.

    While visiting this fascinating attraction, you can stop into the saloon and cafe for lunch or a locally-brewed beer (each at own expense); you're welcome to bring your drink into the museum.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    We went to the Buckhorn Saloon and had dinner. A few of us got drinks from the bar that is original to when it was built. We took the entrance photo with the Wanted Poster. Have fun it! It’s a great way to remember how...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Tiffany D
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Hubby loves Texas Rangers, so that portion of the museum was awesome. Lots of stuffed animals but really cool. Fun little exhibits as well. Felt this was totally worth the money we spent on admission, considering you get a discount on the food (which was...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Gloria M
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    You have seen the saloon with it's collection of mounted trophies in advertisements for all sorts of things. The museums are separate collections of stuffed animals, sideshow oddities, and Texas Rangers history. All three seemed a little dated but well worth a one time experience...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Henry C
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    This place was great, and we will go back. The staff was very welcoming. The breakfast was good. The atmosphere is nostalgic. It's a great place for families, couples, and friends that enjoy spending time together and appreciate the art of taxidermy and history.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank AmberC212
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    I went for the saloon, but throughly enjoyed The Ranger Museum. The museum can be done end to end in an hour. The saloon “trophies” aren’t for everyone. Just keep in mind this collection is mostly from the 1800’s. Read up on the history. Buckhorn...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Paula H
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