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 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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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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Visitors on grounds walkway

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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

Selena Webinar

In honor of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez's birthday April 16th and in advance of the film screening on April 19th, the French Legation State Historic Site will moderate an online panel discussion with the film's producer Moctesuma Esparza, Cine Las Americas, Texas Film Commission, and Texas Archive of the Moving Image, offering insights into Selena's enduring legacy and the cultural significance of her real-life story and the film’s impact.

Selena Archival Viewing

In advance of the Selena movie screening, join partners at the University of Texas's Benson Latin American Collection for an archival viewing of materials from the Vicente and Connie Carranza collection showcasing the life of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez

Selena Birthday Movie Screening

In honor of Texan icon Selena Quintanilla-Pérez's April 16th birthday, we're inviting fans and neighbors one and all for a screening of the 1997 classic Selena.

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.