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French Legation Museum

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Address: 802 San Marcos, Austin, TX 78702
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The oldest existing home in Austin that was the oldest foreign legation in...

The oldest existing home in Austin that was the oldest foreign legation in the U.S. built outside of Washington D.C.

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Interesting Find For Austin, Texas

This museum was a good find. Very informative staff. Maybe not too handy for ADA and wheelchair issues. But fascinating nonetheless. Visited during one of the free weekends of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Austin, Texas
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum was a good find. Very informative staff. Maybe not too handy for ADA and wheelchair issues. But fascinating nonetheless. Visited during one of the free weekends of Austin.

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 346 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

The grounds looked very pretty and well maintained. I went into the gift shop but there wasn't anyone to buy tickets from so I didn't get to take a tour of the inside of the museum. The gift shop was clean and nice though. Many things to buy. It was a charming little place. Parking was an issue. I had... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

A rather special place in many respects and a unique window into Austin's past. Well worth the stop and an hour. Be sure to go when they have a scheduled tour. The gift shop will have appeal to dedicated shoppers.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Very interesting place. Unique artifacts. You need to go there when there is a tour. No individual visit out of tours. Two young ladies who work there were very knowledgeable. Nice view of Austin too.

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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

An underrated and interesting experience. I had some time to pass so I stopped in and am glad I did. As a history lover, this was great. To see all the old furnishings and architecture was great. Beautiful and unique art work is scattered about the grounds and the staff knows their stuff. Would certainly recommend.

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Coral Gables, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Having gone to graduate school in Austin more than forty years ago and a regular visitor to the city since then, I had never been to the French Legation Museum. Well, shame on me!! It's a wonderful little place. The two of us were the only ones there, and we had the tour guide all to ourselves. Interesting history behind... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

We visited on a Friday afternoon and went on the four o'clock tour. We loved the beautiful grounds and the separate kitchen area with authentic cookware. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and cheerfully answered our many questions. If you are a history buff you will love this tiny gem hidden in plain sight near downtown ATX.

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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

We visited recently and enjoyed it. Interesting history of the house and its inhabitants. Simple floor plan with some original furnishings. Some great views and a few amusing sculptures in the yard.

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Fort Worth, TX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

Although I did not have too much time, I made a stop here on a quiet Saturday afternoon. Be sure to research the hours, as the msueum and grounds are only open 1-5 on some days. I did not tour the actual house, but had a look around the perimeter of the grounds. Parking can be limited. The spots at... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

I highly recommend the guided tour of the historic house and reconstructed kitchen - you won't regret it! The French Legation is Austin's oldest standing wooden structure (yes, there are rumors that it's haunted). It's a great place to learn about old Austin, stretching back to when Texas was a republic. The guides have some fantastic stories! Ask about the... More 

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