The 38th Lieutenant Governor of Texas, Bob Bullock—a potent political force in his day—lobbied hard to establish a museum of state history during 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 Native American artifacts. The museum has a 400-seat IMAX theater.