Bob Bullock, Texas's 38th lieutenant governor and a potent political force in his day, lobbied hard to establish a museum of state history in his years of public service. Bullock didn't live to see it happen—he died in 1999—but his dream came true in 2001 with the opening of this 176,000-square-foot museum. Four blocks north of the capitol, the museum hosts exhibitions of archaeological objects, documents, and other materials from regional museums throughout the state
and also presents historical and educational programs. Exhibits include everything from the letters of Sam Houston to Indian artifacts. The museum has a 400-seat IMAX.