One of the oldest houses in Austin, the French Legation opened in 1841 as a home and diplomatic outpost for the French chargé d’affaires to the Republic of Texas, Alphonse Dubois, after France recognized the Republic of Texas as a sovereign nation. The site tells the story of Texas’ settlement and the growth of one of the capital city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. 

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802 San Marcos Street 
Austin, TX 78702 
Parking lot located at 900 East 9th Street 
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Tuesday – Saturday 
Grounds: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Museum: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Last admission at 4:15 p.m.) 

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Ages 5 and Under Free 
Adults $7 
Seniors $6 
Active Military Free 
College Students and Youth $4 
Family Fee (2 adults/1 child) $14 

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Guided Tours 
School Tours 
Group Tours

Visitors on grounds walkway

Plan Your Visit

See everything there is to do at the French Legation, and other local attractions.


French Legation History

Alphonse Dubois de Saligny (1809-1888) was a secretary to the French legation to the United States who saw financial opportunities in the new Republic.

Living room of the main house

Rent French Legation

Generations of families have celebrated their special occasions at the French Legation, the oldest recorded residence in Austin.

Visitors in the bedroom of the main house

Support the Friends of the French Legation

Friends of the French Legation is a "Fiscally Sponsored Project" of the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission (a 501(C)(3) nonprofit charitable organization). Your gift will directly support this organization. 

Events at French Legation

Legation Boules Club - Petanque Tournament

Watch and learn - or play - petanque during this tournament organized by the Legation Boules Club for the benefit of the French Legation.

Handmade History: Valentine's Crafts

Visitors are invited to learn about the history of Valentine's Day in this month's production of Handmade History!

Handmade History: Solar Eclipse

Visitors are invited to learn about the upcoming historical Solar Eclipse in this month's production of Handmade History!

French Legation in the Blog

Visit Eight State Historic Sites to Experience the Republic of Texas Era

Step back in time and experience the period of the Texas Republic in person or virtually at one of these Texas Historical Commission state historic sites.