The entire family will enjoy this authentic western experience that has been around for more than one hundred years. Recently relocated from an old brewery, the new location is 2 blocks from the Alamo and 1 block from the Riverwalk.
The museum part of the Buckhorn Saloon is filled with animals. Animals from all over the world. I was surprised to find a room dedicated entirely to ocean life! This museum is more like a Natural History Museum, but there are definitely Texas influences that make it unique. A room with albino and unnatural animals (two-headed cow), locked horns on deers, unusual horn growths on deers, and longhorn themed chairs are some of the special things you will see. It is definitely a Texas experience that you will enjoy in this museum.
I received a complimentary visit to the Buckhorn Museum as part of the "Race to the Alamo", hosted by the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau. http://alamo.visitsanantonio.com/race/ I received no other compensation and all opinions in this review are my own.
We ate at the Buckhorn, although it wasn't as "affordable" as we'd hoped. Kids' meals (entree, fries, drink) were $5.99; 1/2 lb burgers w/ fries $8.49.
We did not go to the museum because of the price. The Buckhorn Museum and Texas Ranger Museum have combined admission of $20 for adults and $14 for kids (3-?). The estimate that it will take just over 2 hours to go through both museums. You get a $1/ticket discount if you eat in the saloon.