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“A neat place to sit and have a drink”

The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum
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Ranked #47 of 274 things to do in San Antonio
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 12 June 2014

I didn't get a chance to tour the museums as they were closed, but the saloon itself was neat. Unfortunately the bartender wasn't able to make much in the fancy drink department, not even a Long Island iced tea or daiquiri! Still quaint to see!

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Reviewed 12 June 2014

The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum is a must see! It was so much more than I expected! Some of the most fascinating things there are Mrs. Friedman's artwork created with rattle snake rattlers! The museum is jammed packed with some great history...I swear there is something for everyone there! Heck, you can even purchase a beer and walk through the museum with it! The Texas Ranger Museum was very entertaining as well. I was so taken with the whole place that I took advantage of my two day ticket and went back the next day to take in what I had missed the first day!

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Reviewed 4 June 2014

I didn't really want to go- I was humouring him- but from the minute we stepped of the bike rickshaw thing, I was hooked. There stood this drover complete with leather chaps and big hat, who greeted us with this reeeel Texan draaaawl, and a Pinkerton man complete with badge. Annie Oakley or Calamirty Jane took the money on the cash desk (the following day she was out there with her cap gun scaring the neighbours). You got a two day ticket that meant you could dip in and out. Downstairs half of the area is a bar, with a café, you go through this turnstile to reach the museum, and boy will you miss something if you don't go! It includes the original saloon bar, with those batswing swingy doors John Wayne likes. For guys who are interested in weapons, there is detail of a married couple who outshot Annie Oakley, and weapon displays, with histories. There was also a display of saddle samples that a saddler would have on show: Even stuff like a ladys Western sidesaddle that youd not expect. The detail about the Texas Rangers is fascinating-when I was a kid there was a TV series about them, which of course I didnt understand- I do now. (Wonder if there are any copies along with Wagon Train, Wells Fargo?)The guy that owned the original bar that this stemmed from used to offer food and whisky to trappers for horns and artefacts, and he made horn furniture-doesn't appeal to me but somebody might give it a home.Theodore Roosevelt was given a chair by him when he was recruiting Rough Riders for fighting in the Spanish American war, in the area.
Theres lots to see, including details of this guy who was a Friend of the museum, who only shot with a bow and arrow and no rifle back up-Polar bears, water buffalo,rhinoceros,elephant, lion, and lots of other stuff. There are two other sections, one about marine life and the other a bit silly- optical illusions and natures accidents- but clever in the setting of the time. Clay pigeon simulator-free. I hit two out of ??, but good fun.
You may need to use that two day ticket!

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Reviewed 4 June 2014

The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum was fascinating. The history of the Texas Rangers along with numerous show pieces was very interesting. The museum doesn't seem all that large at first but it's quite extensive.

Allot at least 90 minutes to enjoy this location. Some may need more than that. The history of the saloon itself with its amazing amount of animal horns throughout is equally interesting.

The saloon isn't a dusty museum piece behind velvet ropes. It's a working saloon with good staff and lots of beverage choices. During our stay it was quite hot, so a cold beer was well received

2  Thank Steve D
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

The Buckhorn section of the museum has a very unique collection of stuffed animals, many with deformities. There is also a sort of fun house area that resembles an old time traveling circus.

The Buckhorn also houses the Texas Ranger Museum, which is very interesting if you are into Law Enforcement or Law Enforcement history. There are collections of badges, weapons, etc and bios on several rangers from history.

We did not eat at the saloon while we were here, so I can't give any info on that.

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