Cruisin' with Courtney: State pride and sandwiches

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AUSTIN, Tex. (KBTX) - On Congress Avenue in downtown Austin you'll find the state's official history museum. Inside the museum, you can learn the story of the Lone Star state.

"Kids can see things that they've been learning about in the classroom, maybe just through images, but here, they get to see some of the real things," explained Angela Kennedy, the Family Programs manager at the Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Lina and Olivia, sisters from Austin, enjoyed checking out the La Belle exhibit.

"Downstairs, the La Belle, I thought that was pretty interesting. Its' a boat that sank over 300 years ago," said Lina.

From boats to the very beginnings of Texas, there's plently to learn at the Bullock Museum in downtown Austin.

All three floors of the museum are filled with facts and the top floor features an exhibit called Pong to Pokémon.

"You've got games from 50 years ago and games kids might recognize now like Minecraft," explained Kennedy.

You'll see old controllers and consoles and some games made here in Texas.

"Texas has a large industry for video game development and it's the second largest in the nation," said Kennedy. The Pong to Pokémon exhibit will be on display until March of 2018.

It would be easy to spend hours at the Bullock Museum, but if all of that learning works up your appetite, Noble Sandwich Company is close by.

"We make sandwiches, everything in house, from scratch, freshly made. We make our own bread, we brine, cure, and smoke our own meet, pickles, all the condiments," explained Forest Withrow, the general manager at Noble Sandwich Company.

The Noble Pig is their most popular sandwich. It's packed with ham, pulled pork, bacon, and provolone and served between slices of bacon bread.

"Each loaf of bread has a pound of bacon baked into it and each slice is toasted in bacon fat. So it works really well with any of our pork sandwiches or even some of the other sandwiches that don't have a lot of fat on them like the turkey," said Withrow.

You won't be dissapointed with their twists on classic favorites either. They have their own take on a Cuban sandwich and a "PBLT", which has pork belly, lettuce, and tomato.

To learn more about the Bullock Museum and Noble Sandwich Company, visit the websites under the related links section of this story.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is located at 1800 Congress Avenue.

Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month at the museum. September 17th, 2017 is Austin Museum Day. On that day, it will be free to get into the Bullock Museum and several other museums in the Austin area.

Noble Sandwich Company is located at 4805 Burnet Road in Austin.