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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Location

802 San Marcos Street 
Austin, TX 78702 
Parking lot located at 900 East 9th Street 
737-226-1454 
Contact us
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Hours

Tuesday to Saturday 
Grounds: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 
Museum: 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (Last admission at 4:15 p.m.) 

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Tickets

Adult $7
Senior/Veteran/Teacher/First Responder $6
Child (6-17) $4
Child (5 and under) Free
Family (2 adults & 1 child) $14, each additional child $1

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Programs

Guided Tours 
School Tours 
Group Tours

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Plan Your Visit

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

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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

Archival image from the Austin History Center of a man and boy riding horses down the street.

Juneteenth: History on Parade

Just two blocks from the Austin's Annual Juneteenth Parade, the French Legation is screening historic footage of Juneteenth celebrations from Austin's past. Videos include footage from 1976 and the 1990s and showcase how East Austin has celebrated past and present. Cool off in our visitor center for a while and journey into the past before celebrating today.

"Civic Season." Graphic of pizza. Pinch pots on a table.

Generation Serve - Make Pinch Pots

Join Generation Serve to help make clay pinch pot kits for the upcoming Texas Archeology Month. Pizza provided one time only thanks to Made by Us and their Civic Season program!

Archival image from the Austin History Center of a man and boy riding horses down the street.

Juneteenth: History on Parade

Just two blocks from the Austin's Annual Juneteenth Parade, the French Legation is screening historic footage of Juneteenth celebrations from Austin's past. Videos include footage from 1976 and the 1990s and showcase how East Austin has celebrated past and present. Cool off in our visitor center for a while and journey into the past before celebrating today.

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.