These two museums share adjacent spaces in the same building, and complement one another nicely in a holistic exploration of Texan culture and history.
The Buckhorn Museum traces its heritage back to the late nineteenth century, when the founder of the Buckthorn Saloon began to collect bones, antlers, and other natural artifacts from travelers passing through the neighborhood. Today, this natural history museum boasts more than 500 distinct species of wildlife, from an astonishing 10,000-year-old prehistoric elk to hundreds of small horns and antlers.
The newer Texas Ranger Museum fleshes out a portrait of frontier America with its homage to early Texan history. Featuring collections of Texas Ranger artifacts from weapons and munitions to badges and clothing, this museum is a must-visit for fans of Texan heritage and the days of the wild frontiers.