Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Visit an Austin Museum

Summer is a great time to explore one of the many museums scattered all across Austin. Kids are little sponges, so many will enjoy learning new things, even when on "vacation." Whether you are interested in art, science, Texas culture or natural history, there is a museum which fits the bill, right in our backyard. Check each museum's website for hours and admission costs. Some are even free!

Austin Nature & Science Center
2389 Stratford Dr.
Austin / (512) 974-3888

Dig in the sand and uncover bones in the Dino Pit, meet animals, see the indoor and outdoor exhibits and bring natural treasures to the Trading Counter. FREE.

Blanton Museum of Art
200 E. MLK Blvd.
Austin / (512) 471-5482

Thursdays are free to the public, so it's a good excuse to take in some art. Admission fees apply, except for Thursdays.

Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 N. Congress Ave.
Austin / (512) 936-8746

Take in some Texas history, see a movie on the huge IMAX screen, catch part of the Summer Free Family Film Series or visit during Free First Sunday or for another special event. Admission fees apply.

Capitol Visitors Center
112 E. 11th St.
Austin / (512) 305-8400

Visit the oldest state office building in Texas and learn about soldiers during the Texas Revolution, ranching, construction of the Capitol and about famous writer O Henry, who worked in the building. FREE.

Elisabet Ney Museum
304 E. 44th St.
Austin / (512) 974-1625

See works of art created by European sculptress Elisabeth Ney as you explore her studio and the surrounding grounds. FREE.

Read more about the Elisabet Ney Museum here

French Legation Museum
802 San Marcos St.
Austin / (512) 472-8180

The French Legation Museum was built in 1841 to represent the French government in the new Republic of Texas. One of the oldest structures in Austin, the museum's grounds and house show how life was in the 1800s.

George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center
1165 Angelina St.
Austin / (512) 974-4926

Learn more about Juneteenth and the history of African-American scientists and inventors on our country. FREE.

LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
Austin / (512) 721-0200

Gain insight into the life and accomplishments of our nation's 36th President and the political climate when he governed. Admission fees apply.

Mexic-Arte Museum
419 Congress Ave.
Austin / (512) 480-9373

Mexic-Arte features exhibits by Mexican, Latino and Latin American artists. Admission fees apply.

Neill-Cochran House Museum
2310 San Gabriel St.
Austin / (512) 478-2335

The Neill-Cochran House offers its visitors an intimate view of the fabric of the lives of prominent Austinites and some of those who lived among them from the mid-19th through early 20th centuries. Admission fees apply.

Pioneer Farms 
10621 Pioneer Farms Dr.
Austin / (512) 837-1215

Pioneer Farms is a working living history museum featuring five themed historic areas: a Tonkawa Indian Encampment, a German Emigrant Farm, a Texian Farm, a Cotton Planter's Farm and a rural village called Sprinkle Corner. Admission fees apply.

Texas Memorial Museum
2400 Trinity St.
Austin / (512) 471-1604

Exhibits are the Texas Memorial Museum are based on the 5.7 million collected specimens from research conducted at the university. Exhibits focus on prehistoric life, evolution, rocks and minerals, and Texas wildlife. Admission fees apply.

Read more about the Texas Memorial Museum here

Texas Military Forces Museum
2200 W. 35th St., Bldg. 6
Austin / (512) 782-5659

The museum explores the story of the Lone Star State's militia and volunteer forces from 1823 to 1903 when Congress created the National Guard, as well as the story of the Texas Army and Air National Guard and the Texas State Guard in peacetime and war. FREE.

Texas Museum of Science & Technology
1220 Toro Grande Dr.
Cedar Park / (512) 961-5333

This new museum offers exhibits and a planetarium with regular star shows. Admission fees apply.

The Contemporary Austin
3809 W. 35th St.
Austin / (512) 458-8191

Explore the grounds of Laguna Gloria and the residence that prominent Austinite Clara Driscoll called home. Admission fees apply, except on Tuesdays.

1830 Simond Ave.
Austin / (512) 469-6200

Get wet in the Currents exhibit, tinker at the Innovators' Workshop, climb in the courtyard and experiment with light at this Austin children's museum. Admission fees apply.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden
605 Robert E. Lee Rd.
Austin / (512) 445-5582

This sculpture garden houses more than 100 works of art, many of which are coated in wax and therefore available for gentle touching, primarily to benefit visually impaired guests. FREE during the summer months.

Share your photos on Instagram as you complete items off the Austin Summer Fun Checklist for Kids for a chance to win weekly prizes. Tag #AustinSummerFun and be sure your profile is set to public. We can't wait to see your family having fun together this summer!

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