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Museums in Austin

In Austin, most museums are free or have free days, in order to promote art and history to the public.

Art Museums


Arthouse
700 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX
(512) 453-5312
Website: http://www.arthousetexas.org/
Details: Promotes the growth and appreciation of contemporary art and artists in Texas. Free admission everyday. Closed on Mondays.


Blanton Museum of Art
200 East MLK (At Congress)
Austin, TX
(512) 471-5482
Website: http://blantonmuseum.org/index.cfm?CFID=348268&CFTOKEN=19372669
Details: Closed on Mondays. Admission is free to the public every Thursday.

Elisabet Ney Museum
305 East 44th Street
Austin, TX
(512) 458-2255
Website: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/elisabetney/
Details: Original home and studio of the German-born sculptor. Admission is Free. Open Wed-Sun.

Mexic-Arte Museum
419 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX
(512) 480-9373
Website: http://www.mexic-artemuseum.org/
Details: Multi-cultural arts and exhibits. Open daily. Check out their calendar for free and family days.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum
605 Robert E. Lee Road (near Zilker Park)

Austin, TX
(512) 445-5582
Website: http://www.umlaufsculpture.org/
Details: Features sculptures by Charles Umlauf and his students at the University of Texas.





Children's Museums

Austin Children's Museum
201 Colorado Street

Austin, TX
(512) 472-2499
Website: http://www.austinkids.org/
Details: Closed on Mondays. Sundays are free from 4PM-5PM.



History and Culture Museums

Austin's History Center
810 Guadalupe
Austin, TX
(512) 974-7480
Website: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/library/ahc/
Details: Presents the story of Austin's people, places, and events, both past and present. Closed on Mondays. Free admission


Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 N. Congress Ave
Austin, TX
(512) 936-4515
Website: http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/
Details: Open daily. 

The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
2313 Red River Street (on the UTA Campus)
Austin, TX
(512) 495-4515
Website: http://www.cah.utexas.edu/
Details: Open Monday-Friday and some Saturdays

French Legation Museum
802 San Marcos Street
Austin, TX
(512) 472-8180
Website: http://www.frenchlegationmuseum.org/
Details: Tours Tuesday-Sunday from 1-5 (last tour at 4)

George Washington Carver Museum
1165 E. Angelina Street
Austin, TX
(512) 974-4926
Website: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/carver/default.htm
Details: A collection and exhibition of African-American history and culture in Texas

Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum
2313 Red River Street
Austin, TX
(512) 721-0200
Website: http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/
Details: Open daily from 9-5 with free admission. 

Nimitz Museum - The National Museum of the Pacific War
304 East Main Street (at the Steamboat Hotel) - 75 miles from Austin
Fredericksburg, TX
(210) 997-4379
Website: http://www.nimitz-museum.org/
Details: Open daily 9-5

O'Henry Home and Museum
409 E. 5th Street
Austin, TX
(512) 472-1903
Website: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/ohenry/default.htm
Details: Home of William Sidney Porter, renowned author. Free admission. Open Wed-Sun.

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Museum
510 E. Anderson Lane
Austin, TX
(512) 339-1997
Website: http://www.drt-inc.org/
Details: Open Tuesday-Friday

Texas Capitol Visitors Center
112 East 11th Street
Austin, TX
(512) 305-8400
Website: http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/CVC/home/home.html
Details: Free admission. Open daily

Texas Memorial Museum
2400 Trinity Street (on the UTA campus) a the Texas Natural Science Center
Austin, TX
(512) 471-1604
Website: http://www.utexas.edu/tmm/
Details: Free admission daily. 

Texas Military Forces Museum
2200 West 35th Street
Austin, TX
(512) 782-5659
Website: http://www.texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org/
Details: Open Wed-Sun.


Science and Nature Museums

Austin Nature Center
At Zilker Park

Austin, TX
(512) 327-8181
Website: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/ansc/
Details: Free admission to the Texas wildlife, science, and history exhibits. 



Special Interest Museums

Firefighters Museum
Austin's Central Fire Station No. 1 at 401 East 5th Street
Austin, TX
Website: http://www.austinfiremuseum.org/
Details: Open to the public twice a year in April and in September, but can contact to visit by appointment anytime.


Neil-Cochran Museum House
2310 San Gabriel Street

Austin, TX
(512) 478-2665
Website: http://www.nchmuseum.org/
Details: An 1855 Greek Revival house designed by Abner Cook. Open Wed-Sun from 2-5 for tours.


Texas Music Museum
1009 East 11th Street

Austin, TX
(512) 472-8891
Website: http://www.texasmusicmuseum.org/
Details: Collections and Exhibits of the traditions of Texas Music. Free admission. Open Monday-Friday.