Occupying 2 1/2 acres on a hilltop above downtown, this small museum with attractive grounds is a good place to pass the odd moment and explore Austin's French connection. The only difficulty is making sure that the moment falls within the museum's limited hours. The main attraction is the original house dating from 1841, the oldest surviving house in Austin still standing in its original location. Its builder was Count Alphonse Dubois de Saligny, France's representative to the fledgling republic of Texas. He sold the house to the Robinson family in 1848, and it remained in their possession for close to 100 years. The house is furnished with antiques dating from the 1840s to the 1870s. Some of the pieces actually belonged to Count Dubois and the Robinsons. At the rear of the house is a reconstructed kitchen of the era, the original having burned down. The tour takes 45 minutes and is quite enjoyable, as you'll probably have a guide all to yourself.