Explore Austin-area museums — for free September 18th! The 25th Annual Austin Museum Day is a free celebration of art, culture, history, music, nature, and science. More than twenty museums in Austin will welcome visitors with special programming including guided and self-guided exhibition tours, activities, and more for visitors of all ages.
ART

Art Galleries at Black Studies
Christian-Green Gallery, 201 E. 21st St., Beauford H. Jester Center A232A
(512) 471-0254
Facebook: @galleriesatut, Instagram:@galleriesatut, Twitter: @galleries_at_ut
11am – 3pm
Swing by the Christian-Green Gallery to create a print inspired by our current exhibition dedicated to artist Melvin Edwards! Come engage with the artwork and take away your own creative piece. This site is a stop on the UT Campus Crawl.

Blanton Museum of Art
200 East MLK Jr. Blvd.
(512) 232-1988
Facebook: @BlantonMuseum, Instagram: @BlantonMuseum, Twitter: @blantonmuseum
1pm – 5pm
Pick a self-guided activity and spend quality time with an artwork in the Blanton’s collection or the special exhibition “Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin America”. Museum entrance faces Brazos St. This site is a stop on the UT Campus Crawl.

City of Austin Art in Public Places
Facebook: @CityofAustinArts, Instagram:@CityofAustinArts
Daylight Hours Recommended
Did you know that the City of Austin’s ‘Art in Public Places’ collection has over 300 pieces? Many of those artworks are accessible by the public 24 hours a day—a museum without walls! Explore these sites in person by taking a self-guided tour. Follow this link to discover more information about each of our works – onsite or from the comfort of your own home: https://bit.ly/37YFsS0!

The Contemporary Austin
Laguna Gloria at 3809 W 35th St.
Jones Center at 700 Congress Ave
(512) 458-8191
Facebook: @TheContemporaryAustin, Instagram: @contemporaryatx, Twitter: @ContemporaryATX
12pm – 4pm
Join us for the opening weekend of our fall exhibition! We’ll have artmaking, performances, and refreshments at both museum locations: Stop by the Jones Center to see the 7-artist exhibition IN A DREAM YOU SAW A WAY TO SURVIVE AND YOU WERE FULL OF JOY, dig into the newly opened Learning Lounge, and catch a performance in the Community Room. Then head up to the rooftop for some art activities and lawn games. At Laguna Gloria, see a brand new work of art by one of the exhibiting artists, Clare Rojas, and make nature-themed work of art to take home. Enjoy a visit from some local wildlife, learn about the rest of the art on view at the sculpture park, and hang out on the grass with refreshments and games.

Dougherty Arts Center
1110 Barton Springs Rd.
(512) 974-4000
Facebook: @doughertyarts, Instagram: @doughertyartscenter
11am – 1pm
The Dougherty Arts Center opens its doors for Austin Museum Day 2022! Come visit the Julia C. Butridge gallery and take part in fun and interactive art experiences during this free event. Help us celebrate art, culture, history, music, nature, and science in Austin in a city-wide tour sponsored by Austin Museum Partnership.

Elisabet Ney Museum
304 E 44th St.
(512) 974-1625
Facebook: @elisabetney
12pm – 5pm
Come explore the many ways to produce portraits using crayons, paint, clay, words, rocks, music, pieces of metal, and found objects! The Elisabet Ney Museum will celebrate Elisabet’s passion for portraiture through this afternoon event. Visitors will also be able to check out Cindy Elizabeth’s giant portrait photographs on view in the museum’s historic landscape!

Landmarks, The Public Art Program at The University of Texas at Austin
204 E Dean Keeton St.
(512) 495-4315
Facebook: @LandmarksUT, Instagram: @LandmarksUT, Twitter: @LandmarksUT
12pm – 4pm
On Austin Museum Day, Landmarks (UT’s public art program) will participate in a Campus Crawl showcasing art on the Forty Acres. Visit Clock Knot to get your stamp and to join a 30-minute guided tour of select Landmarks works. Prefer to explore at your own pace? Visit Landmarks’ app for a variety of self-guided tour options. This site is a stop on the UT Campus Crawl.

Mexic-Arte Museum
419 Congress Ave.
(512) 480-9373
Facebook: @mexicarte Instagram: @mexic_arte Twitter: @mexic_arte
1-4pm
The Mexic-Arte Museum invites you to participate in Austin’s Annual Museum Day, where you will get to create paper marigolds for our community Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead altar. This workshop is led by artist and Mexic-Arte Museum educator Jasmine Chock. Join to learn more about the Día de los Muertos tradition!

Museo Benini
3440 East FM 2147, Marble Falls
(830) 693-2147
Instagram: @museobenini
11am – 6pm
MuseoBenini in the Texas Hill Country was established in 2015 to showcase the evolution of Italian artist Benini’s paintings and three-dimensional works since the 1960’s. The project includes 6500 sq.ft. galleries, a fine arts library, and a sculpture trail featuring the Beninis’ collection of sculpture. Free admission and ample parking.

UMLAUF Sculpture Garden + Museum
605 Azie Morton Rd.
(512) 445-5582
Facebook: @umlaufsculpture, Instagram:@umlaufsculpture, Twitter: @umlaufsculpture
11am – 4pm
Enjoy a free day at the museum filled with family-friendly crafts, tours, and more!

Women & Their Work
1311 E. Cesar Chavez
(512) 477-1064
Facebook: @WomenAndTheirWorkGallery, Instagram: @womenandtheirwork, Twitter: @WTWgallery
12pm – 6pm
Rachel Wolfson Smith’s The Future Is Behind Us blurs past, present, and future needs for beauty and connection into a celebration of nature to answer that calling. Smith’s signature drawings break into new art forms that unite light, plants, and emotional needs. Explore the gallery and create your own nature drawing.

SCIENCE

Austin Nature & Science Center
2389 ½ Stratford Dr.
(512) 974-3865
Facebook: @ATXNatureCenter
12pm – 5pm
What’s the buzz at the Austin Nature & Science Center this Fall? Learn about our European honey bees while checking out the inner workings of a living hive! We will have bee-themed crafts and activities and guided hikes through the Zilker Nature Preserve.

MathHappens Foundation
Facebook: @MathHappens, Instagram: @mathhappensfoundation, Twitter: @MathHappensOrg
Come interact with some fun math at the Math Room at the Austin Nature and Science Center (12pm – 3pm), play a classic math game or puzzle from the late 1800s at Neill-Cochran House Museum (11am – 2pm), or explore historic ship navigation at the Bullock Texas State History Museum (10am – 2pm). All ages!

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave.
(512) 232-0100
Facebook: @wildflowercenter, Instagram: @wildflowercenter, Twitter: @wildflowerctr
9am – 5pm
Featuring nearly 900 native plant species and miles of trails, there’s plenty to explore at UT’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Science Mill
101 South Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City
(844) 263-6405
Facebook: @ScienceMill, Instagram: @sciencemilltx, Twitter: @ScienceMill
12pm – 4pm
Explore a world of science, technology, engineering, math and art in a repurposed 1880s grain mill in the beautiful Texas Hill Country! The Science Mill is a family destination in Johnson City offering a fun, interactive learning environment for all ages. Exhibits, games, a 3D movie, outdoor experiences and more!

Thinkery
1830 Simond Ave.
(512) 469-6201
Facebook: @TheThinkery, Instagram: @thinkeryatx
10am – 3pm
Join Thinkery for some STEAM-based fun! All ages are welcome to visit and explore our interactive gallery spaces — including our newest addition, Notion Of Motion. Check out our social media pages and website for updates!

HISTORY

Austin History Center
810 Guadalupe St.
(512) 974-7385
Facebook: @AustinHistoryCenter; Instagram: @austinhistorycenter
12pm – 4pm
Along with two new exhibits, we will have activities for kids and families including Zine and printmaking, refreshments, a “Preservation Station” to who you how to preserve your family’s history and more!

Briscoe Center for American History
2300 Red River St. Unit 2
(512) 495-4515
Facebook: @BriscoeCenter; Twitter: @BriscoeCenter
10am – 4pm
Visit us to see a sample of the Briscoe Center’s vast collections documenting American history. On display now: stunning large-format photographs in the exhibit “Present/Past: The Robert Polidori Photographic Archive.” This site is a stop on the UT Campus Crawl.

Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 Congress Ave.
(512) 936-8746
Facebook: @bullockmuseum, Instagram: @bullockmuseum, Twitter: @bullockmuseum
10am – 5pm
Commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month at Austin Museum Day and explore Texas cultures through engaging conversations and hands-on activities. This year we will celebrate Canary Islanders and their descendants in Texas. From 10am – 2pm, special family programs combine art creation, activity stations, and in-gallery discovery centers. This site is a stop on the UT Campus Crawl.

Chateau Bellevue, Home of the Austin Woman’s Club
708 San Antonio St.
(512) 472-1336
Facebook: @chateaubellevue-austin, Instagram: @chateaubellevue
1pm – 4 pm
Come explore the hidden gem of Downtown Austin! Enjoy a tour of the historic Chateau Bellevue given by one of our wonderful docents, and learn about the people and stories that make up the history of this beautiful and fascinating building built in 1874! Check out the incredible Romanesque architecture, beautiful stained-glass windows and ornate hand-carved woodwork! Please enter through the entrance at 708 San Antonio Street or through our parking lot elevator on Nueces Street between 7th & 8th Streets; free parking lot on Nueces St.

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River Street
(512) 974-3772
Facebook: @esbmacc, Instagram: @esbmacc, Twitter @esbmacc
12pm – 3pm
Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month at the ESB Mexican American Cultural Center! (ESB MACC). Visit our exhibit of local Chicano art in the Main Gallery (upstairs). In the Community Gallery (downstairs) you can learn about the Phase 2 expansion of our Center and participate in fun youth-oriented activities. You can imagine what your own artwork would look like in our future gallery, learn what architects do when designing a building expansion like ours, and give feedback on what kinds of programs you want to see in our future building!

Flower Hill Urban Homestead Museum
1316 W. 6th St.
(512) 305-3650
Facebook: @flowerhillfoundation, Instagram: @flowerhillfoundation, Twitter: @FlowerHill1877
Come visit the oldest extant homestead in Austin! Built in 1877, Flower Hill was established as the family home of the Smoots, a family of civil servants that founded many of today’s Austin institutions including: the Central Presbyterian Church, the Presbyterian Seminary, the Austin American newspaper (predecessor to the Austin American-Statesman). Countless students have been educated by UT professors and high school teachers who lived at Flower Hill. Tour guides will be on site to talk about the history of the family and the site as well as plans for the site’s future redevelopment.

French Legation State Historic Site
802 San Marcos St.
(737) 226-1399
Facebook: @frenchlegation, Instagram: @frenchlegationshs
12pm – 4pm
Explore the homestead of Austin’s oldest residence at the French Legation State Historic Site! Catch a free guided tour. Visitor Parking Lot located at 900 East 9th Street. Street parking around site is free on Sunday.

LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
(512) 721-0200
Facebook: @LBJLibrary, Instagram:@lbjlibrary, Twitter: @lbjlibrary
9am – 5pm (last admittance at 4pm)
Say cheese! Visit the LBJ Presidential Library & Museum on Austin Museum Day, September 18th, and leave as a White House photographer in the making. From 10AM to 1PM, kids can grab one of our Fuji Instax Instant cameras to explore the museum and experience the legacy of LBJ through photography. Children will use their photos to create memory books, families will take home a priceless keepsake to enjoy for years to come! Plus, we’ll have free giveaways for adults.See the LBJ Library through the lens of your kids. Special thanks to Precision Camera for partnering with us.

Neill-Cochran House Museum
2310 San Gabriel St.
(512) 478-2335
Facebook: @nchmuseum.org, Instagram: @neillcochran
11am – 4pm
This year celebrate Austin Museum Day at the Neill-Cochran House Museum with Civil War Reenacts, Victorian Ladies, a sewing demonstration, local artists, crafts and lawn games, and everyone’s favorite fresh squeezed lemonade and homemade ice cream. Our shaded front lawn will be the perfect place to meet and learn about the Civil War and Victorian Eras. Feeling hungry? Bring a blanket and enjoy lunch in the shade of our beautiful 100 year old pecan tree.

Pioneer Farms
10621 Pioneer Farms Dr.
(512) 837-1215
Facebook: @pioneerfarms, Instagram: @pioneerfarms, Twitter: @pioneerfarms
10am – 4pm
Guided history tours, artisans at work and new hands-on exhibits will allow visitors to step back in time and experience Texas during the 1800s. Six history sites feature log cabins, longhorn cattle, a century-old dance hall, and an historic greenbelt that put Austin on the map as the capitol of the Republic of Texas. Engage Lone Star history like no place else in Texas, for visitors of all ages.

Save Austin’s Cemeteries and Oakwood Chapel
1601 Navasota St.
(512) 798-3576
Facebook: @SaveAustinsCemeteries Instagram:@save.atx.cemeteries
9am – 5pm
Visit us for walking tours of Oakwood Cemetery and view the exhibit “To Emancipate” at the Oakwood Chapel.

Texas Capitol Visitors Center
112 E 11th St.
(512) 305-8400
Facebook: @TexasCapitolVisitorsCenter
12pm – 5pm
Enjoy a new interactive digital component with additional photographs and video from the Texas Governor’s Mansion exhibit on display at the Capitol Visitors Center (CVC). Then take home a Governor’s Mansion activity booklet from the CVC. Located in the castle-like structure on the southeast corner of the Capitol Grounds.

Texas Military Forces Museum
3038 W 35th St.
(512) 782-5659
Facebook: @Texasmilitaryforcesmuseum, Instagram: @TMFMuseum, Twitter: @TMFMuseum
10am – 4pm
Visit the Texas Military Forces Museum to learn about the history of the military forces of the State of Texas from 1823 to the present day. We have 26,000 square feet of exhibit space with everything from tanks to utensils and all the artifacts in between. We will have a couple of special “hands on” activities in honor of Austin Museum Day.

Texas State Capitol
1100 Congress Ave.
(512) 463-0063
9am – 6pm
Please join us for a special Capitol tour in honor of Austin Museum Day or a scavenger hunt on the Capitol Grounds.

Texas State Cemetery
909 Navasota St.
(512) 463-0605
12pm – 5pm
Join a guided or self-guided tour of the Capitol and learn about the history of Texas and the seat of state government. Gaze upon historical works of art and climb the monumental stairs. Explore the 22 acres of the Capitol Grounds, a relaxing place to experience nature in downtown Austin. Tours will be given periodically from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Williamson Museum
716 South Austin Ave., Georgetown
(512) 943-1670
Facebook: @williamsonmuseum, Instagram: @williamsonmuse, Twitter: @williamsonmuse
1pm – 4pm
The Circus is coming to The Williamson Museum! Stop by on Sunday September 18th from 1pm-3pm to see our new Barbette exhibit detailing the life and career of this female impersonator and world-renowned aerialist. There will be hands-on crafts, demonstrators, circus snacks! See you under the big top!

CULTURE

Austin Museum of Popular Culture
1000 E. 40th St.
(512) 698-7303
Facebook: @auspopmuseum, Instagram: @southpopatx, Twitter: @SouthPopATX
10am – 6pm
Come learn about Austin’s music history from the cultural anthropologists who lived it.

Brush Square Museums
409 E. 5th St.
(512) 496-7608
Facebook: @susannadickinsonmuseum, Instagram: @brushsquaremuseums
12pm – 5pm
Brush Square Museums will be sharing hands-on history activities at the Susanna Dickinson Museum including spinning, crochet, and a lacing activity for children. The O. Henry Museum will have word games for the whole family with Texas themed prizes. Join us for a day of free fun at Brush Square. Don’t leave empty handed-take your project with you!

Galaxy Art and Entertainment Gallery
1006. E. Yager Ln.
(512) 787-9030
Facebook: @galaxyartentgal, Instagram: @galaxyartentgal, Twitter: @galaxyartentgal
10am – 8pm
Galaxy Art and Entertainment Gallery will be open regular Sunday hours, 10am to 8pm, with free admission to the gallery. From 1-6pm, for an extra fee, Sussana Malak, actor featured in The Mandolorian and The Book of Boba Fett will be on-site signing autographs!

Harry Ransom Center
21st and Guadalupe on UT campus
(512) 471-8944
Facebook: @ransomcenter, Instagram: @ransomcenter, Twitter: @ransomcenter
12pm – 5pm
View the exhibitions “The Writers: Photographs by Laura Wilson” and “Stories to Tell” featuring displays about the early career of actor Robert DeNiro and recent acquisitions.” Join docent tours of the exhibitions at 1pm and 2pm. This site is a stop on the UT Campus Crawl.

Texas Music Museum
1009 E. 11th St.
(512) 472-8891
Facebook: @texasmusicmuseum
11am – 3pm
The Contributions of East Austin African-American Musicians exhibit is our featured exhibit on display as well as The Texas Music Pioneers Exhibit that features over fourteen musical genres with musicians from all over the Lone Star State.

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