Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Restoration News: New Tours and Programs

The French Legation Museum is happy to announce that the 2011 Restoration Project is slated to begin on October 26, 2011. This is a very exciting time in the history of the Museum and we are eager to begin the work. Because the house will be under construction during the months of November, December, and January, we will be embarking on a new series of tours and programs that will explore the history of the French Legation Grounds and daily life in Austin in the 1840s and 1850s. We will continue to tell the story of Dubois, the Pig War and the Robertson Family, but the focus of the tours will shift to the Kitchen, the Grounds, and everyday life. Please stop by the Museum as we move forward with the Restoration Project to learn more about the preservation process and to check out the many new programs that we will be unveiling in the coming months.

Monday, October 24, 2011


Sunday, October 23, 2011


Saturday, October 22, 2011

October 31, 2011 Haunted History Mystery Tickets and Information


Advance online ticket sales end at 5PM October 31, 2011.
Please call 512-472-8180 or visit the Museum to purchse tickets after 5PM.

For the first time ever, the French Legation Museum invites visitors to explore the lesser known side of the Museum’s history. On October 31, 2011, under the guidance of paranormal researchers Robyn Ramsey, Melissa Burk and Darla Andrews, guests will learn how to use ghost hunting instruments, conduct experiments and search for paranormal presence in Austin’s oldest home.

“We’ve never done anything like this before,” says Director, Lise Ragbir “but we feel that this is the right to time to respond to the community’s interest.”

The French Legation Museum’s paranormal history has long been of interest to paranormal investigators, television producers, and neighbors alike. The quiet, rumored stories of ghosts at the Legation have brought visitors from near and far but until now, the stories haven’t been openly shared with the public. But timing is everything. With the 170 year old home about to undergo preservation work, the Museum collection will be moved off site during construction, leaving the house completely empty for the first time in almost 60 years. With construction scheduled to begin in November, the house will be empty of all its earthly objects this Halloween.

Dr. Gayla Lawson, Chair of the French Legation Museum Committee says, “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Museum visitors to spend time in the empty house.” Dr. Lawson goes on to explain that while the Board and staff knew they wanted to invite visitors into this unique environment, “We wanted to offer a way to make the empty space exciting.”

Enter Robyn Ramsey and her team of paranormal researchers. “History and paranormal research go hand in hand” says Ramsey, leader of the team that will be conducting the research at the Museum. “It’s important that the paranormal research community partner with cultural organizations to fill the disconnect between history and paranormal activity. We’re excited about this partnership.”

On October 31, 2011, from 3pm to 2am, in groups of ten, visitors will have the opportunity to spend one hour with three paranormal researchers in the empty historic house. Guests will have the opportunity to record their experience in the Museum’s Ghost Log, becoming a part of the Museum’s ongoing history. Tickets for the hour long sessions range from $15 to $35 and must be purchased in advance online at the French Legation Museum’s Online Store, or by calling 512.472.8180.

October 28, 2011 Merci Buckets in Concert at the FLM

Local Austin band Merci Buckets will be on site October 28, 2011 for a special Halloween Edition of Evening Under the Oaks! Feel free to wear your Halloween costume or just come and lounge on the grounds and listen to some great indie music. Grounds open at 6:30PM for BYOB picnics and trick-or-treating. Concert will begin at 7PM. Cover is $5. Thanks to the generous donation of Merci Buckets proceeds benefit the museum and the preservation of Texas history! Musicians will accept tips.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

October 16, 2011 Archeology Day

French Legation Museum’s Archeology Day 2011
A part of the Texas Historical Commission’s celebration of Texas Archeology Month

Join us at the French Legation Museum as we celebrate archeology! On Sunday, October 16, gates will open at 1:00pm for this day of free fun and learning activities. Guests will enjoy free tours of the French Legation Museum, the oldest wood-frame structure in Austin and a Texas State Archeological Landmark. Hands-on activities include children's mock dig, meet & greet with THC Archeological Stewards, fun info and coloring sheets, and displays of archeological findings from the historic site.

The FRENCH LEGATION MUSEUM is a non-profit historic house museum. The structure was built to serve as the diplomatic outpost for King Louis Philippe of France to the Republic of Texas in 1841. The Legation originally sat on 22 acres of land, from today’s E. 7th Street to E. 11th Street, bordered by East Avenue (IH-35) and San Marcos Street.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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