San Antonio: Buckhorn Saloon and Museum

San Antonio: Buckhorn Saloon and Museum

  • <p>Buckhorn Saloon and Museum (TXDOT)</p> <p>Two storey building with longhorn head mounted above door and sign saying The Buckhorn</p>
  • <p>View from upper balcony showing tables and chairs, and an ornate bar and barback with wildlife mounts covering the walls</p>
  • <p>Stuffed longhorn steer in a room with furniture made from cow horns</p>
  • <p>Colorized postcard of a sales desk with wildlife mounts covering the walls labeled “Rear View, Albert’s Buckhorn Saloon, San Antonio, Texas”</p>

Bohemian immigrant Wenzel Friedrich, a cabinetmaker by trade, found that the horns of the cattle could make exquisite furniture. Word of the furniture’s quality spread to Europe: Queen Victoria, Otto von Bismarck, and Kaiser Wilhelm I were all customers of Friedrich’s. Many of the pieces were displayed for years at the Buckhorn Saloon, which Friedrich’s son, Albert, opened in 1881. The Buckhorn Saloon today features two museums: The Texas Ranger Museum, with its collection of revolvers, badges, and other artifacts; and the Buckhorn Museum, which holds more than 520 species of wildlife from around the world.

Buckhorn Saloon and Museum

  • Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. – close
  • Admission: Adults: $20, Children (3-11): $15
  • 318 E. Houston St., San Antonio, TX
  • 210-247-4000
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