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Your Guide to Austin Museum Day

, September 18, 2019, 12:15pm, Chron Events Blog

Since 1998, the Austin Museum Partnership has coordinated Austin Museum Day, a free day to discover Austin-area museums. This year 40 museums, galleries, historic sites, and cultural organizations across Austin - and beyond! - will welcome visitors for free, and offer special tours and activities.

Not sure where to start planning your Austin Museum Day? Browse participating museums in these pages, on, and on the free Austin Museum Partnership mobile app! Wherever you go on Austin Museum Day, you are sure to discover something new! Share your experiences on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the hastags #ATXMuseumDay2019 and #atxmuseums.

Visit the Austin Museum Partnership HQ!

Volunteers from the Austin Museum Partnership will be on the Plaza outside the Bullock Museum (1800 Congress Ave.) from noon to 5pm. Look for our headquarters under the canopy and stop by to get more information about Austin Museum Day 2019! The first 100 visitors to the HQ will get a free Austin Museum Day tote bag.

Share your #ATXMuseumDay2019 moments in the Instagram Photo Contest

The Texas Historical Commission and Austin Museum Partnership invite you to participate in the Instagram Photo Contest for a chance to win prizes from local museums!

The contest is open 9am-9pm on Sunday, September 22.

To play:

1. Follow @TxHistComm and @Austinmuseums on Instagram

2. Take a photograph at one of the participating Austin Museum Day institutions

3. Post it to Instagram (make sure your profile is public)

4. Tag the participating institution and #ATXMuseumDay2019

Multiple submissions are allowed. Contest closes at 9pm on Sunday, Sept. 22; submissions posted after 9pm will not be included. A total of 5 winners will be selected by a panel of judges which includes staff of Texas Historical Commission and Austin Museum Partnership. Winners will be announced the week following the contest.


These museums reflect the city's cultural heritage, and include artifacts such as books, art, and stories about our lively city.

Harry Ransom Center

300 W 21st St., (512) 471-8944,

Enjoy the current exhibition, Modernist Networks, and view the Gutenberg Bible and Niépce Heliograph, both on permanent display. Free docent-led tours of the exhibition begin at noon, 2pm, and 4pm. This institution is participating in the Campus Crawl.

Noon - 5pm

Old Bakery and Emporium

1006 Congress Ave., (512) 974-1300,

The Lundberg-Maerkie History Center features the history of Austin and the original owners. It was built in 1876 and is older than the Capitol building. 'Feast for the Body and Sole' by the artists of the 620 Group will be in the Art Gallery, with art demonstrations.

Noon - 4pm

Texas Music Museum

1009 E. 11th St., (512) 203-4875,

Texas Music Museum preserves and presents the broad range of Texas music history and culture. This year we're celebrating our 35th Anniversary with exhibits, music, and special tours.

Noon - 5pm

Campus Crawl

Christian-Green Gallery (201 W 21st St.)
Landmarks (Perry-Castañeda Library, 21st St. & Speedway)
Blanton Museum of Art (200 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.)
LBJ Presidential Library (2313 Red River St.)
Visual Arts Center (2300 Trinity St.)
Harry Ransom Center (300 W 21st St.)
Dolph Briscoe Center (2300 Red River St.)
Texas Memorial Museum (2400 Trinity St.)
Bullock Texas State History Museum (1800 Congress Ave.)

Create, examine, and explore with some of Austin's finest museums and galleries during the Campus Crawl! Grab a postcard from any of our nine participating museums and galleries, and journey through various art and history exhibitions on UT Austin's campus. Visit a selection and win a prize!

Noon - 4pm


Austin is home to many different kinds of art museums, from those that showcase art and artifacts that have been around for centuries, to those that focus on art that is being made today.

Art in Public Places: Seaholm and 2nd St District Walking Tour

Seaholm District, and 2nd Street District (outdoors), (512) 974-7978,

"Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of Austin's Art in Public Places collection that is concentrated in the Seaholm District and nearby along 2nd Street! Most of the collection is outdoors, but some pieces can be found inside of the Central Library on the Ladybird Lake waterfront.

Noon - 6pm

Art in Public Places: TEMPO

City of Austin Libraries, (512) 974-7978,

Our new 2019 TEMPO artworks are on display at seven Austin Public Library locations. Use the map on our website to explore each artwork in place.

Daylight hours recommended

Blanton Museum of Art

200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., (512) 232-6389,

Come explore our permanent collection galleries, as well as the newest temporary exhibition, "Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day," a vibrant, celebratory exhibition in which the artist brings together his Choctaw and Cherokee heritage and a range of diverse artistic and cultural influences. This institution is participating in the Campus Crawl.

1pm - 5pm

Christian-Green Gallery

201 W 21st St., (512) 471-0254,

Experience the life and legacy of Charles White at the Christian-Green Gallery! Wander through the exhibition with a self-guided tour, and contribute to a communal art project inspired by the show. This institution is participating in the Campus Crawl.

noon - 4pm

Dougherty Arts Center

1110 Barton Springs Rd., (512) 974-4000,

Be the first to explore the work of local artists selected to exhibit in 2020 at the DAC. This one day Pop Up Exhibit will only be on view during Austin Museum Day. After discovering what next year's gallery season has to offer, dive into the art of origami with an activity inspired by exhibiting artist Vy Ngo.

Noon - 4pm

Landmarks, the public art program of The University of Texas at Austin

Perry-Castañeda Library at 21st St. and Speedway Ave., (512) 475-9127,

Cool off with a free frozen treat and take a 30-min­ute mini tour of Landmarks' public art collection along the Speedway promenade. Tours begin at noon and leave every half hour from the corner of 21st and Speedway near the Perry-Casta­ñeda Library. This institution is participating in the Campus Crawl.

Noon - 2pm

Mexic-Arte Museum

419 Congress Ave., (512) 200-7277,

Art-making activities with local Artists in Residence Yocelyn Riojas and Jerry Silguero in partnership with Raices. A sneak peek into our programming for Viva la Vida Festival and Parade.

11am - 5pm

South Austin Museum of Popular Culture

1516-b South Lamar Blvd., (512) 440-8318,

Come explore the Martha Grenon photography exhibit.

1pm - 6pm

The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center

700 Congress Ave., (512) 453-5312,

Explore our brand-new, multi-artist exhibition Sorcerer's Burden at both museum sites. Make a relic from the past at the Jones Center, or create a mythical beast that could live at Laguna Gloria. Take in a family-friendly performance, grab a bite to eat, play, and spend the day at The Contemporary.

Noon - 4pm

The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria

3809 W. 35th St., (512) 458-8191,

Explore our brand-new, multi-artist exhibition Sorcerer's Burden at both museum sites. Make a relic from the past at the Jones Center, or create a mythical beast that could live at Laguna Gloria. Take in a family-friendly performance, grab a bite to eat, play, and spend the day at The Contemporary.

Noon - 4pm

UMLAUF Sculpture Garden + Museum

605 Azie Morton Rd., (512) 445-5582,

The UMLAUF will partner with Texas Society of Sculptors to provide a day of fun and in-depth exploration about the creation and history of sculpture in Texas and beyond!

11am - 4pm

Visual Arts Center

2300 Trinity St., (512) 471-3713,

Drop by the VAC for an afternoon of free and creative fun! Meet artist-in-residence Nikita Gale for an activity in her exhibition EASY LISTENING, engage in an all-ages guided interpretive conversation with the curator of Saakred: Sin Nombre, Sin Cuerpo, and more. This institution is participating in the Campus Crawl.

Noon - 4pm

Women & Their Work

1710 Lavaca St., (512) 477-1064,

Celebrate Austin Museum Day at Women & Their Work and go on a Red Dot scavenger hunt! Look for details as you explore the artwork of over 125 contemporary artists in the gallery. All ages are welcome.

Noon - 6pm


Everyone loves to experiment! Learn about the world around you and how it works by visiting these museums.


Six locations, (512) 663-1680,

MathHappens will offer mathematical experiences at several favorite Museum Day destinations.

Neill- Cochran House Museum (Noon-4pm): Enjoy a cupcake and make a square root spiral fan.

Pioneer Farms (11am-2pm): Calibrate your own mini-survey wheel.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (9am-noon): Make a stained glass Voronoi art piece.

Texas State History Museum (12-3pm): Make a Mathematical Origami Tie Fighter.

Texas Medical Association Gallery (12-4pm): Make a Mathematical Origami Chomper.

Austin Nature and Science Center (1-4pm): Design a Tessellating Ice Cream Cone.

Hours vary by location

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

4801 La Crosse Ave., (512) 232-0100,

For Austin Museum Day the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will host garden tours, kid's activities, bubble-mania, and more! Activities from 9am - 1pm.

9am - 5pm

Science Mill

101 S Lady Bird Ln., (844) 263-6405,

Explore a world of science, technology, engineering, math and art in a re-purposed 1880s grain mill in the beautiful Texas Hill Country! The Science Mill is a family destination offering a fun, interactive learning environment for all ages. Indoor and outdoor exhibits, a 3D movie, Aquaponics Greenhouse, and more!

Noon - 4pm

Texas Memorial Museum

2400 Trinity St., (512) 232-5511,

Texas Memorial Museum will be open on this special Sunday afternoon to host Identification Day! University scientists and experts from Central Texas will be on hand to identify natural objects such as fossils, bones, rocks and prehistoric archeological materials. Learn about your finds; explore our natural science exhib­­its! This institution is participating in the Campus Crawl.

1pm - 5pm

The Sheffield Education Center

2201 Barton Springs Rd., (512) 974-6350,

Dive into the world of aquatic biology! Come visit Barton Springs and meet some of the fascinating animals that make their homes in our local creeks and rivers!

1pm - 4pm


1830 Simond Ave., (512) 469-6200,

Come play with a purpose at Thinkery! Our hands-on, interactive exhibits offer learners of all ages fun new ways to explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). Celebrate Austin Museum Day with a variety of fun, family-friendly activities and experiences perfect for young learners and their caregivers!

10am - 5pm


Waterloo Greenway (Formerly Waller Creek Conservancy)

Symphony Square, 1111 Red River Street, (512) 541-3520,

Meet us at Symphony Square for the Animal Facts Club Book Release Party & Nature Festival. Celebrate how cool and wonderful the animal kingdom is with Animal Facts Club on Austin Museum Day! Gather your family and friends for this environmental festival featuring a reptile house, birds of prey show, hands-on activities, and the release of Animal Facts Club's brand new book. Local artist Jules Buck Jones brings over 50 animals to life with watercolor illustration, fact-filled narratives, and an accompanying deck of cards.

11am - 2pm


Founded in 1839, Austin has enjoyed a rich history filled with people from all walks of life who are proud to call this "weird" city home.

Austin History Center

810 Guadalupe St., (512) 974-7383,

Visit the "Know Your District History – District 9" Pop-Up Exhibit, and bring items to display your community's history. Record an oral history, learn more about the council district and its history, make a photo cabinet card, and participate in children's activities and games.

1pm - 4pm

Austin Nature & Science Center

2389 Stratford Dr., (512) 974-3888,

Discover a piece of Texas history when you dig in the Dino Pit for buried fossils. Visit our resident wildlife and look for native flora and fauna on a hike in the Zilker Nature Preserve. Explore the Naturalist Workshop to interact with natural artifacts from around the world.

Noon - 5pm

Briscoe Center for American History

2300 Red River St. , (512) 495-4547,

Visit the Briscoe Center on Museum Day to see music and the moon! Exhibits on view include "Greatest Hits: The Briscoe Center's Music Collections" and a special display of artifacts and archives related to the moon landing. This institution is participating in the Campus Crawl.

11am - 5pm

Bullock Texas State History Museum

1800 N Congress Ave., (512) 936-4682,

Cowboys and Space: Join us for Austin Museum Day and enjoy activities and fun as you explore two unique exhibitions, Cowboys in Space and Beyond Planet Earth. Special family programs from noon-3pm combine art creation, exploration stations, and gallery activities. This institution is participating in the Campus Crawl.

Noon - 5pm

Chateau Bellevue - Home of the Austin Woman's Club

708 San Antonio St., (512) 472-1336,

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! Check out the incredible Romanesque architecture, beautiful stained glass windows and ornate hand-carved woodwork! Please enter through entrance at 708 San Antonio Street or through our parking lot elevator on Nueces Street between 7th & 8th Street.

1pm - 4pm

Historic Millett Opera House

110 E 9th St., (512) 477-9496,

Tours of our facility will be conducted on the hour every hour starting at 11am with the last one occurring at 3pm and will last approximately 45 minutes each.

11am - 3pm

Humanities Texas

1410 Rio Grande St., (512) 440-1991,

Tour the historic Byrne-Reed house and explore two exhibitions that study Latina/o American history. Humanities Texas presents Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy featuring photography by Bill Wittliff and Images of Valor: U.S. Latinos and Latinas of World War II.

10am - 3pm

LBJ Presidential Library

2313 Red River St., (512) 721-0172,

Explore Motown music at a family friendly event at the LBJ Presidential Library! Visit the temporary exhibit, Motown: The Sound of Young America, A 60 Year Retrospective, dance to live music with the Matchmakers, and enjoy free pizza. This institution is participating in the Campus Crawl.

9am - 5pm

Neill-Cochran House Museum

2310 San Gabriel St., (512) 478-2335,

See Austin's first hundred years through maps, learn how to flirt like it's 1799 with folding fans, draw a still-life, listen to old-time music on the porch, and spin a yarn with historic reenactors in the ninth and tenth oldest buildings in the city. Free parking on site.

Noon - 4pm

O. Henry and Susanna Dickinson-Hannig Museums in Brush Square

409 E 5th St. , (512) 974-3832,,

Brush Square Museums offers informative tours, family friendly activities, and light refreshments to celebrate Austin Museum Day.

Noon - 5pm

Pioneer Farms

10621 Pioneer Farms Dr., (512) 837-1215,

Step back in time at Pioneer Farms! Come experience life in the 1800s at three historic homesteads, a Tonkawa site, and a rural town. Meet costumed interpreters as they demonstrate pioneer life, and don't forget to stop and say hello to the longhorns!

10am - 5pm

Robert G. Mickey History of Medicine Gallery at the Texas Medical Association

401 W. 15th Street, (800) 880-1300,

Explore the status of doctors through the lens of popular culture and toys! Our current exhibit explores how 20th century medical progress was captured in radio, comic strips, TV, film and playtime. Cupcakes, games, and activities with MathHappens. FREE garage parking, enter on San Antonio Street.

Noon - 4pm

Save Austin's Cemeteries, Oakwood Cemetery Chapel

1601 Navasota St., (512) 978-2310,,

Meet at the Chapel for 30-45 minute tours of historic Oakwood Cemetery with Save Austin's Cemeteries. Tours will begin every 30 minutes beginning at 9:00 am with the last tour beginning at 10:30 am. Inside the historic 1914 neo-Gothic Chapel, visit the digital exhibition "To Believe." The Chapel is now a visitors center for the historic Oakwood Cemetery, founded as Austin's first burial ground in 1839. The Chapel staff will be available in the afternoon during regular hours from Noon-5:00 pm.

Tours 9am - noon, chapel open 9am - 5pm

Texas Capitol Visitors Center

112 E 11th St., (512) 305-8400,

Step inside this unique castle-like structure that once served as the General Land Office. Explore exhibits relating to Texas history, the Texas Capitol, and Texas land. Join us for family-friendly activities, chats with Gallery Assistants, and famous O. Henry short stories inspired by the building.

noon - 5pm

Texas Military Forces Museum

2200 W 35th St. Bldg 6, (512) 782-5659,

From the Alamo to Afghanistan, the Texas Military Forces Museum tells the story of Texas forces from 1823 to the present day. Our exhibits showcase artifacts, weapons, vehicles, uniforms and equipment including a running Sherman tank. For Austin Museum Day we will have specialists on hand doing demonstrations and a Make Your Own WWI dog tag activity.

10am - 4pm

Texas Wendish Heritage Society

1101 CR 212, (979) 366-2441,

So much to see and do! Church Services in Historic St. Paul Lutheran Church, Traditional Wendish Meal, Music All Day, Snack Booth, Silent and Live Auctions, Demonstrations and Exhibits, Country Store, Competitions, Children's Activities, Genealogy Assistance.

9am - 5pm

The Williamson Museum

716 S. Austin Ave., (512) 943-1670,

Join us for special law and order themed tours on the half hour – meet bootleggers and the law enforcement who tried to catch them!

1pm - 4pm

The Williamson Museum on the Chisholm Trail

8 Chisholm Trl., (512) 943-1670,

Textiles are a part of our everyday life, come watch living history demonstrations of how textiles were made in the 1870s!

1pm - 4pm

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