Courtesy of Bullock Texas State History Museum
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The Bullock Texas State History Museum is off I-35 exit Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., then w. to 1800 N. Congress Ave. This sprawling complex explores three themes: Land, Identity and Opportunity. Three floors of interactive exhibits chronicle the region's first inhabitants and early explorers; the fight for independence and statehood; and 20th-century contributions to space, industry and technology. The first floor features the hull of the 300-year-old reconstructed ship La Belle, which sank in 1686 during René-Robert Cavalier's expedition and was recovered in 1996.

The Texas Spirit Theater re-creates the Galveston hurricane, an oil gusher and a rocket launch at Johnson Space Center, complete with such special effects as moving seats, wind and smoke. The IMAX Theatre offers documentary and feature films.

Food is available. Time: Allow 3 hours minimum.

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