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Museum Guide for Austin

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With one of the largest state universities in the country, a vibrant and thriving arts scene, and a sense of community that’s as egalitarian as it is unconventional, it's no wonder that Austin has such an amazing set of world-class museums and cultural institutions!

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover

9 Places

4 City Tips

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9 Places

The Blanton Museum of Art

Art Galleries, Art Museums

Bullock Texas State History Museum

History Museums

Harry Ransom Center

Libraries, Art Galleries

LBJ Presidential Library

Speciality Museums, History Museums

Mexic-Arte Museum

Art Museums

Museum of The Weird

Speciality Museums

Pioneer Farms

History Museums

Sfanthor! House of Wax

Speciality Museums

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

Art Museums

Chris O's City Tips

  • Austin’s a popular destination with an eventful calendar. Check to see what’s happening when you plan to go (and consider how it might impact on your visit).
  • It gets hot in Austin. Carry water with you and hydrate often.
  • You may find driving a convenient way to experience Austin, but not so much the parking. Inquire about validated parking at museums, and park strategically to limit time in your car.
  • Many museums and major cultural attractions in town have a day when admission is free. Check individual websites to see if these days coincide with your plans.
  • The Blanton Museum of Art
    Art Galleries, Art Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    One of the biggest university art museums in the country, the Blanton has a permanent collection of more than 17,000 works, the most comprehensive art collection in the state of Texas. Featuring numerous European paintings, as well as an impressive range of modern and contemporary American and Latin American art, it has more than enough to satisfy art fans of any every style.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Admission is free on Thursdays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 286 things to do in Austin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Very Nice Mixture of Different Types of Art: Very Interesting and Quite Educational 30/11/2018
    • Great afternoon. 21/11/2018
    • The Blanton Museum of Art
    Address:
    200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd at Congress Ave
    University of Texas at Austin
    Austin, TX 78701
    Phone:
    +1 512-471-5482
    Price range:
    US$ 9 - US$ 9
    Hours:
    Sun
    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Tue - Fri
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sat
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Bullock Texas State History Museum
    History Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    The Bullock Museum excels at its outsized mission to 'tell the story of Texas' — it does so across three floors of fun and informative interactive exhibitions, including lots of kid friendly activities. With its six-story IMAX screen, this is also an ideal destination for catching a flick in awesomely epic style.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Year's Day.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 286 things to do in Austin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • See the revamped first floor. 11/12/2018
    • Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum 09/12/2018
    • Bullock Texas State History Museum
    Address:
    1800 Congress Ave
    Austin, TX 78701-1342
    Phone:
    +1 512-936-8746
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Harry Ransom Center
    Libraries, Art Galleries
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    Chris O Says:

    Located at the University of Texas, this acclaimed humanities research library and museum hosts a range of engaging exhibitions, as well as a variety of events including readings and film screenings. With programs featuring everything from literature to photography to film and performing arts, it's an interesting space in which to learn more about the creative process of local artists.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be aware that a number of the literary and cultural artifacts housed at the center require advanced notice and an appointment to view.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 286 things to do in Austin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place to visit if close to UTA 15/12/2018
    • Low-profile gem 08/11/2018
    • Harry Ransom Center
    Address:
    21st and Guadalupe
    University of Texas
    Austin, TX 78713-7219
    Phone:
    +1 512-471-8944
    Hours:
    Mon - Wed
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Thu
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Fri
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • LBJ Presidential Library
    Speciality Museums, History Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    For a look into the life, work, and legacy of America’s 36th president, pay a visit to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library. Located on the campus of the University of Texas, the museum offers the chance to see the America of the LBJ era, including a replica Oval Office as it was during Johnson’s administration.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The library is open daily, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
    • There’s free parking for library guests at Lot #38 on the UT campus.
    • In addition to exhibitions dedicated to the ex-president, the library also schedules shows centered on culturally significant happenings that took place during LBJ's time in office. Check out the schedule to see what's on during your visit.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 286 things to do in Austin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Informative | Great for Presidential Libraries in Texas Tour 12/12/2018
    • LBJ Library- A must see when in Austin 12/12/2018
    • LBJ Presidential Library
    Address:
    2313 Red River St.
    Austin, TX 78705-5737
    Phone:
    +1 512-721-0200
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Mexic-Arte Museum
    Art Museums
    Chris O Says:

    From traditional to contemporary works representing art forms of Latino communities and wider popular culture, the Mexic-Arte is the official Mexican and Mexican American Fine Arts Museum of Texas — and it's well worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Admission is free on Sundays, and throughout the month of December.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #64 of 286 things to do in Austin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • great place to see amazing art 12/12/2018
    • Exquisite 10/10/2018
    • Mexic-Arte Museum
    Address:
    419 Congress Ave
    Austin, TX 78701-3542
    Phone:
    +1 512-480-9373
    Price range:
    US$ 5 - US$ 5
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Museum of The Weird
    Speciality Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    Shrunken heads! Freaks of nature! The Fiji Mermaid! All this, and many more oddball artifacts, await in their full glory at this quirkiest of cultural attractions.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The husband and wife team behind this attraction also run Sfanthor Wax Museum. A “combo ticket” gets you into both at a discount.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #83 of 286 things to do in Austin
    • Weird and fun 14/12/2018
    • Don’t waste your money 23/11/2018
    • Museum of The Weird
    Address:
    412 E 6th St
    Austin, TX 78701-3740
    Phone:
    +1 512-476-5493
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 11:45 PM
    Other:
  • Pioneer Farms
    History Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    A visit to this working farm offers the chance to see what life was like in Texas during the 1800s. Take your time to explore the six themed historic areas, spread over 90 wooded acres.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • For a real "taste" of pioneer living, make a purchase at the farm stand (weekends only), or pick up an olden-day treat from the 1899 General Store.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #78 of 286 things to do in Austin
    • A look into Texas History from the mid-late 1800s 01/06/2018
    • Travel Back in TIme and Get a Workout in the Process 10/05/2018
    • Pioneer Farms
    Address:
    10621 Pioneer Farms Dr
    Austin, TX 78754-5415
    Phone:
    +1 512-837-1215
    Hours:
    Fri - Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Sfanthor! House of Wax
    Speciality Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    This wax museum is dedicated exclusively to classic horror, science fiction, and fantasy films. A relatively new attraction in Austin, it claims to be the city’s 'creepiest' thing to do. Take an hour out of your day and decide for yourself!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • The husband and wife team behind this attraction also runs the Museum of the Weird. A “combo ticket” gets you into both at a discount.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #104 of 286 things to do in Austin
    • Fun 01/02/2017
    • Miss You 24/11/2016
    • Sfanthor! House of Wax
    Address:
    1101 S Congress Ave
    Austin, TX 78704-1727
    Phone:
    +1 512-444-7326
    Price range:
    US$ 9 - US$ 9
    Other:
  • Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
    Art Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    This outdoor sculpture garden exhibits the works of American artist Charles Umlauf, along with other contemporary sculptors, in a beautiful, natural setting. The lovely grounds feature more the 40 sculptures, plus an indoor gallery with rotating exhibitions of Umlauf's work.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The garden is closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 286 things to do in Austin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful! 25/11/2018
    • So far, my favorite Austin space. 05/11/2018
    • Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
    Address:
    605 Robert E Lee Rd
    Austin, TX 78704-1453
    Phone:
    +1 512-445-5582
    Hours:
    Wed - Fri
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
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