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The Best Museums In Austin, Texas
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The Best Museums In Austin, Texas

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Updated: 11 January 2017
Austin is known for its thriving culture, and that energy certainly extends to its museums. Art, history, and contemporary work are each mixed in each of the museums on this list, and all of them have something exciting that you’ve never seen before. Even the kids will find something to love about the museums in Austin. Read ahead to find out our picks for the best museums in Austin, Texas.

Mexic-Arte Museum

History Museum
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Mexic-Arte Museum | © Daderot / WikiCommons

Mexic-Arte Museum

Mexic-Arte Museum is a museum dedicated to Mexican and Latin-American art, as well as the growing Mexican-American art movement. The space itself is only home to few permanent collections, but that is because Mexic-Arte hosts so many traveling exhibitions. From full-sized ‘day of the dead’ sculptures to interactive art, the exhibits at Mexic-Arte museum are truly inspired and original.

Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, (512) 480-9373

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Mon - Thu:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun - None:
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Local
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Bullock Texas State History Museum

Austin may seem on the ‘hip’ side, but the Bullock Texas State History Musuem is anything but. If you’re a local looking for a trip into Texas’ wild past or you’re a visitor who isn’t sure about how Texas came to be, a trip to the Bullock will be both educational and fun. The Bullock is a great place to bring kids, as there are many exhibits featuring live action and storytelling, not to mention the IMAX theater.

Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, (512) 936-8746

Harry Ransom Center

History Museum
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Harry Ransom Center
Harry Ransom Center | © Bill_Comstock / Flickr

Harry Ransom Center

Harry Ransom is for the bookworms visiting Austin. The Center is one of the largest archives of original manuscripts and other historical documents. Exhibits include ‘The First Photograph,’ the actual oldest surviving photograph taken in 1826 in France. Many old books are on display, and in the past, the first edition of the King James Bible was exhibited at Harry Ransom.

Harry Ransom Center, 300 W 21st St, Austin, TX 78712, (512) 471-8944

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Mon - Fri:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours, Free

Atmosphere:

Indoors

Blanton Museum of Art

Art Museum
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Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Museum of Art | © Ethan Lundgaard / Flickr

Blanton Museum of Art

Just a short walk from the Harry Ransom Center, the Blanton Museum of Art is Austin’s premier art museum. Blanton features mostly American art, though they have European, Ancient, and Latin American collections on display. The Blanton typically has five or six special exhibits, ranging from the American Gothic period to landscapes of the American West.

Blanton Museum of Art, 200 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Austin, TX 78712, (512) 471-7324

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Tue - Fri:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun - None:
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly, Accessible (Wheelchair)

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Touristy
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Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum

Going to the Umlauf Sculpture Garden feels more like going on a lazy stroll through a beautiful forest than going to a world-class museum. Umlauf hosts several special weekend events like CRAFT!, where local artist Monique Capanelli joins Umlauf’s guests and helps them create their very own succulent wreaths.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, 605 Robert E Lee Rd, Austin, TX 78704, (512) 445-5582