And then the other bizarre part of our personal story with respect to it: despite having lived on Coryell Street during the house search that eventually led us to build in Centerpointe, we never saw the inside of the museum prior to yesterday.
|Even as of January 2013 on one of their webpages, it still says "the Museum is currently available by appointment for tours". In fact, that longer seems to be the case, as it's contradicted by another webpage from which the screengrab above was taken. They do seem to have regular public hours now. At least for the moment. But you should confirm this before you go.|
The whole thing was very complicated because of the tortuous circumstances surrounding the birth of the museum, a dysfunctional process involving funding uncertainty, the previous curator's contentious resignation, and at least one lawsuit (one or more of those links may be paywalled).
But here's the bottom line on Butler: This place is so worth it. It's not just about cattle. It's about the history of Texas itself.
The cattle were merely the four-footed vehicle through which a big part of our unique history was realized.
|There's a retail goods consumer outlet, and I forget which one, that used to have as their TV commercial slogan a statement along the lines of, "Once you go, you get it." Same idea applies to this museum.|
Here's the ultimate endorsement for Butler Longhorn Museum: My teenager loved it. Really enjoyed our visit yesterday. This is the same kid who usually has to be disengaged from Facebook and Angry Birds using nothing short of a stick of dynamite.
Life is short, and nonprofit institutions exist in a tenuous and often fleeting relationship with the balance of our socioeconomic reality. Go and see the Butler Longhorn Museum - you won't regret your admission fees. And keep your ear to the ground for special events that get scheduled there, because the current museum Director is reportedly trying to put an emphasis on that kind of value-added public involvement. The museum's online calendar is not necessarily being updated regularly, but there are often announcements in the local news media (plus the occasional bandit sign).