The museum begins with the arrival of the Spanish into what is now Texas territory, with a brief acknowledgement that other people had lived there before ... but, to be fair, this is a history museum, and "history" began with the arrival of the Spanish. Much of the focus is on the years between seeking independence from Mexico and becoming a member of the United States after the Civil War. The top floor focuses on Texas economic history: ranching, farming, oil, and high tech.
The museum provides a good overview of Texas history, through a combination of stuff in glass cases, life-size reconstruction of buildings, films on continuous loop, and interactive exhibits. Some exhibits focus on the stories of individual Texans, and a few of these stories are inter-related, which helps the visitor understand Texas' ongoing identity crisis makes a lot of sense to me: we're Mexican, we're independent, we're American, we're independent, we're Confederate, we're occupied, we're American ... lots of changing loyalties, lots of suspicion of outsiders and lots of redefinition of what an "outsider" is.
The museum also includes a cafe, an extensive gift shop, and an IMAX theater. On the day we visited, the cafe closed a couple of hours earlier than the rest of the museum.
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