Texas Hill Country Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Austin: French Legation Museum

Nestled in a quiet, green corner of the bustling modern capital of the State of Texas, the French Legation was originally built to be the residence of the chargé d'affaires who represented the government of France in the Republic of Texas. The Legation became the home of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Robertson in 1848, and remained in their family for over a century. The museum now features the original house, plus a replicated kitchen and carriage house. Period furnishings from Dubois and the Robertsons honor an elegant era when Texas was young.


  • 802 San Marcos Street
  • Austin, Texas
  • 78702


Hours & Fees

  • Tuesday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

  • $5


Texas in Review - Old French Legation (1957)
Donor: Texas Historical Commission
Sound | 1957

Film courtesy Texas Archive of the Moving Image

This clip from the Texas in Review series presents the history and a tour of the Old French Legation in Austin. The film features a number of period furnishings, some original to the house, and through their descriptions chronicles key events that took place there.