The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria

The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria

The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Contemporary Austin reflects the spectrum of contemporary art through exhibitions, commissions, education, and the collection. The museum has two distinct yet complementary locations, the Jones Center downtown and Laguna Gloria, a fourteen-acre site on Lake Austin, which is home to the Driscoll Villa, Gatehouse Gallery, the Art School, and the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria. Please note: The historic Driscoll Villa is closed on Mondays and open Tuesday-Sunday 10A-4P. The grounds, including the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park, are open Monday-Saturday 9A-5P and Sunday 10A-5P
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Flyer305620
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Beautiful grounds scatter with contemporary art that welcoming a meandering pace. Great for couples, singles and families.
Written 12 March 2024
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bill b
Hickory, NC170 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is an estate turned into a venue and outdoor garden. We walked the path to see the outdoor sculptures. They are very interesting and well worth the trip to west Austin. The park is along the Colorado river which is beautiful from the bluff a few hundred feet above the water. Parking can be a challenge but we found a spot.
Written 1 March 2024
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Maureen H
Ventura, CA5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Not what we thought....thisnwasnan interactive experience and we thought we were coming for a different typenof exhibit
Written 8 July 2022
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Rebecca H
Paris, France15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
In spite of the cold weather my daughter and I had a great experience. The grounds and artwork are beautiful. We also enjoyed learning the history behind the house and grounds.
Written 7 January 2022
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2Alaska09
United States184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Laguna Gloria is a beautiful, peaceful setting for this sculpture garden. Because it is 'contemporary' it is more than just dusty old sculptures of dead people. Even if you don't think of yourself as an art lover, it is fun to look at the sculpture, marvel at the creativity and ponder what the artist wants you to see and think. It is easy to appreciate the grounds that are filled with nicely-tended native plants and provide shore level views of Lake Austin.

Hours are limited but admission is free on certain days. It is outdoors with lots of shade, but the best time to visit is when the weather is pleasant.

Consider combining your visit with a stop at adjacent Mayfield Park and explore the trails and gardens (and peacocks!!!) of this city park. Accessing all of Mayfield or the Contemporary will be difficult if you are mobility-impaired.
Written 16 October 2021
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Mary K
388 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
This is an outdoor modern art sculpture garden. The grounds and lake were beautiful and it was fun walking around and finding the different sculptures, often hidden in the trees, and the villa is beautiful. There was a couple getting (engagement?) photos around the villa and it looked like the perfect spot for something like that. Warning: it was HOT on a June day even though we tried to stay in the shade. The grounds are beautiful but I think you have to really be into modern art to appreciate most of the sculptures here. A few of them looked rather gruesome, like people with melted faces, and others just looked like junk. Shrug. We ended up skipping a few sculptures to return to the car and air conditioning.
Written 27 June 2021
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Cgayle98
Austin, TX520 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Open air art at your own pace. Some stairs and overgrown paths. Watch for ivy.
Grounds in natural setting so the pieces are tucked in and around. Fun for the kids to use the map.
Written 29 May 2021
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Johnny Trekkie
San Diego, CA10,755 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Since we can't shop and drink all day, we thought we ought take in a little of art and culture in Austin. On a good sunny day in winter, Laguna Gloria makes a for a pleasant stroll in the woods along the Colorado river. You'll see modern contemporary works of art...some fascinating, weird, some questionable...all of which can be really good...or really bad in some cases. Can't explain it, just look at the pictures. Overall not a bad way to spend $10 and 60-75 minutes, if its not over 90 degrees during the hot Texas summer.
Written 4 September 2020
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Julia M
Indianapolis, Indiana472 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Business
Do yourself a favor and allow a couple of hours to visit this beautiful museum. Wander the lovely grounds to find works of contemporary sculpture by some of the best artists working today, in all styles. Visit the Mediterranean villa as well. Great but small gift shop. A must see!
Written 26 January 2020
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prashant_newaskar
Dallas, TX600 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Family
Laguna Gloria is a nice place in Austin. The main feature is this large 35’ statue which looks like it is made from crumpled aluminium. The title is “man looking up to sky”. It projects many feelings such as Curiosity, awe, inspiration etc. There is a new (or under renovation) museum. There are a few other smaller statues. And a garden going down to a lake..
Written 20 October 2019
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