Major museums completely revamp their permanent exhibits just once in a generation, and such is the case with the Bullock Texas State History Museum.
On Dec. 10, the general public can view for the first time a thorough revamp of at least the prehistory and early-history sections. The original permanent installations were first conceived and designed in the 1990s before the place opened to great ceremony April 21, 2001.
The museum staff is careful not to over-hype “Becoming Texas: Our Story Begins Here,” the new section, but it’s a major step for any institution.
It’s “the first exhibition of its kind to address the latest research on when humans began living in Texas — recently dated to more than 16,000 years ago,” the staff shares. “The exhibition is a comprehensive look at the history of the land we now call Texas, before its famous borders appeared on maps.”
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Key artifacts included on the staff’s list of top hits: The 16,000-year-old projectile point from the Gault site, La Belle shipwreck and cargo items, armaments, American Indian textiles and pottery, a 250-year-old Spanish Colonial mission gate from the San Antonio area, the original American copy of the Adams-Onís Treaty signed by John Quincy Adams and establishing part of the border of Texas, and other rare artifacts exploring the story of Texas prior to Mexican Independence in 1821.
We plan to tour the exhibit this week and will return with a full report.