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The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum

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Address: 318 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205-1816
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+1 210-247-4000
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Thu 10:00 - 17:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

For over 135 years, The Buckhorn Saloon has been known as a gathering place...

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!

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This museum is a great place to take kids. The Buckhorn Saloon is full of crazy stuffed animals and even some carnival type funhouses. The Texas Rangers Museum was quite... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Melbourne, Florida
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A huge display of stuff wild life, guns, pistols, and everything else from the wild Wild West. Crazy stuff in many rooms -- had a great time!

Thank seetheworld010
St. Louis
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the Buckhorn a few days ago. I didn't know what to expect. The museum is full of taxidermy animals. It was rather interesting to see the different species. The Texas Ranger section was very fascinating. Probably my favorite. The aquatic display has a lot of taxidermy sea life. Then there is the sideshow exhibit. Interesting but somewhat creepy.... More 

Thank reindeerlvr
Charleston, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Walked to the Buckhorn Café and Museum from our hotel (on the Riverwalk) It was worth the time! Texas Ranger Museum was most interesting as was the "old western greeter" at the entrance. Can take a drink from the bar rail of the saloon into the museum as you walk around. Even though we already had lunch we checked out... More 

Thank Deb540
San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The entrance is huge and once inside , you see heads of stuffed animal everywhere. The second floor offers a huge horned Texas Longhorn..oh my....all the exhibits were wonderful.

Thank rmcApril2017
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Expected more from previous reviews. The food was not very good. It is worth it to go in and see all the animals on the walls but skip the food.

Thank mi3sons1
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great place to relax and have a beer and food at the end of a busy day. Or spend a couple of hours in the museum where you'll see more animals than you'll know the names of! Also some fun little attractions for the kids in the museum.

Thank Cheri N
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If this isn't the neatest little adventure, I don't know what is. We weren't expecting too much but surprise surprise. The museum is really well done and on par with many bigger and more professional museums. The wildlife display was amazing. Texas wildlife in one room (well more like 10 rooms). Its well worth the price of the ticket. The... More 

Thank whitasu
Karen B, Guest Relations Manager at The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review. We are so pleased to hear that you were pleasantly surprised by the museum. We love to hear how much people enjoy our museums. We are a little off the beaten path seeing as how we are not located on Alamo Plaza or the Riverwalk, but we are definitely just a short walk down... More 

Greensboro, North Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the visit and our meal. The brownies were to die for. I need the recipe!! We got the daily special steak and cheese sandwich, surprising tender. The museum may be pricey but it was a nice way to spend a little time.

Thank C C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed the Buckhorn Saloon, there are thousands of taxidermy pieces in the upstairs tour and you can spend hours looking at them. From white tail deer to world record salifish, we had a great time and really enjoyed ourselves.

Thank Pj O
Melbourne, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is a great place to take kids. The Buckhorn Saloon is full of crazy stuffed animals and even some carnival type funhouses. The Texas Rangers Museum was quite interesting and full of rich Texas Rangers history. Good place to spend a couple hours.

Thank joellenmurphy

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