Enjoy free access to Austin-area museums on Sunday, September 18, 2016 for Austin Museum Day! The 19th Annual Austin Museum Day is a free city-wide celebration of art, culture, history, music, nature, and science, with more than thirty-five museums in the greater Austin area offering special programming, including guided tours, hands-on activities, and more, for visitors of all ages.
Participating Museums Include:
Asian American Resource Center – 8401 Cameron Road
Come make your very own fabric art! Join Indonesian Batik workshop instructor Evie Thompson from 1 to 3pm and Japanese Shibori workshop artist Lynne Brotman from 3 to 5pm. Kids’ crafts also available. Also on view are three contemporary art exhibitions that explore the creativity of Asian and Asian American culture.
Art. Science. Gallery. – 916 Springdale Road, Building #2
Art.Science.Gallery. will be exhibiting new work by Landry McMeans. You can also make an artist trading card about the natural history of America’s deserts! Activities from 10 am to 6 pm.
Austin History Center – 810 Guadalupe Street
The Austin History Center will screen four mini documentaries about the history of central east Austin as part of Austin’s Museum Day, starting at 2pm. Produced by Six Square in partnership with the Austin History Center, the mini docs weave spoken word, music by local artists, archival video and photographs to tell compelling community stories. Stay for an introduction and discussion of the documentaries by one of the filmmakers as well as refreshments after the screening.
Austin Nature and Science Center – 2389 Stratford Drive
ANSC is excited to introduce your family to activities like geocaching, tent building, tin can stoves, the wildlife you might find on a local camping trip, and much more! Family-friendly activities from noon – 3 pm.
Austin Tour Guide Association – Various locations
Austin Toy Museum – 1108 E Cesar Chavez Street
Austin Woman’s Club – 708 San Antonio Street
Blanton Museum of Art – 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Look, Talk, and Create as part of Austin Museum Day at the Blanton! Experience the challenge of an art quest at the Blanton, and enjoy navigating two special exhibitions, Goya: Mad Reason and Xu Bing: Book from the Sky.
Brush Square Museums (O. Henry and Susanna Dickinson Museums) – 409 E. 5th Street
Come for special activities at the Brush Square Museums starting at noon until 4 PM.
Bullock Museum – 1800 Congress Avenue
Families can explore The Story of Texas through three floors of exhibitions that showcase artifacts from around the state. Bring the family for special activities from 12-3pm to celebrate your Texas pride and enjoy art-making activities, a selfie challenge, conversations with costumed interpreters, and fun for all ages.
City of Austin Cultural Arts Division – 201 E. 2nd Street
Dougherty Arts Center – 1110 Barton Springs Road
Enjoy the gallery, featuring a special site-specific installation by artist Laura Latimer. Create a colorful pod to seed the future in our art exchange activity, participate in a Street Artist Development Workshop, practice printmaking and painting, and play in our Pop-Up Maker Spaces. Enjoy live music and art all day long.
Elisabet Ney Museum – 304 East 44th Street
What does “Portraiture” mean? What information do you convey in portraits? Taking that information, how many new ways can you think of to assemble it to make portraits? Think OUTSIDE the box! Find out through music, demos, exceptional art activities, caricatures, and more! Picnic in the park from food trucks while you’re here!
French Legation Museum – 802 San Marcos Street
Take a free tour of the oldest existing home in Austin, built in 1841 by the French chargé d’affaires to the Republic of Texas. Then try your luck at our favorite French lawn game, pétanque. Bring a picnic and join us in celebrating our 175th anniversary! 10 am- 5 pm.
Harry Ransom Center – 300 W. 21st Street
Enjoy the current exhibition, Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World, and view the Gutenberg Bible and First Photograph, both on permanent display in the lobby. Free docent-led tours of the exhibition begin at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Hill Country Science Mill – 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City
Enjoy free admission to all exhibits from noon – 4 pm.
Historic 1858 German Free School (German-Texan Heritage Society) – 507 E. 10th Street
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – 4801 La Crosse Avenue
Join us for activities all over the Center, from family fun in the Luci and Ian Family Garden to a fall-blooming flowers garden tour. Meet featured artist Laurel Daniel and view her nature paintings. Enjoy story time and a book signing in the Store and story time in the outdoor classroom. We’ll have seed-planting demonstrations and tours throughout the day, and indoor presentations, including how to coexist with coyotes! 9 am – 5 pm.
Landmarks Public Art Program, The University of Texas at Austin – Joel Perlman’s Square Tilt, near the entrance to the Perry-Castañeda Library
Join Landmarks for an hour-long, docent-led walking tour as part of Austin Museum Partnership’s 19th annual Austin Museum Day. Landmarks will provide two opportunities to tour a selection of modern and contemporary works in the public art collection at The University of Texas at Austin. All are welcome to attend. Tours start at 11 am and 1 pm.
LBJ Presidential Library and Museum – 2313 Red River Street
The LBJ Presidential Library will participate in Austin Museum Day on Sunday, Sept.18, 2016. Join us for refreshments between 10 a.m. and noon, and a family-friendly treasure hunt from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Mexic-Arte Museum – 419 Congress Avenue
Families with children of all ages can participate in an interactive art activity from noon – 4 pm.
Neill-Cochran House Museum – 2310 San Gabriel Street
Civil War era reenactors will take to the parlor rooms, giving us an idea of who might have spent a Sunday afternoon here during the first 20 years of the house’s history. Fast forward a decade or two to consider the Neill family’s reconstructed surroundings at your own pace, or further still to look at the Cochran family’s original furnishings in the second floor hall and bedrooms. Need to rest your attention span? Take a walk around the grounds, take a peek inside the Dependency to see examples of 19th-century tools and kitchenware, and have your picture taken by our 19th-century photo booth. Afterwards, join us on the porch and help make hand-churned, old-fashioned ice cream and fresh-squeezed lemonade. Noon – 4 pm.
Texas Capitol Visitors Center – 112 E. 11th Street
Located in the restored 1856-57 General Land Office building. The three-story castle-like structure is the oldest state office building in Texas.
Texas Department of Public Safety Historical Museum and Research Center – 5805 N. Lamar Blvd.
Learn how a Civilian becomes a Trooper. Participant in simulated Recruit experiences: logic and skill games, physical fitness. Tour the Academy, watch vintage/modern recruiting films. Interact with crime lab scientists and law enforcement officers. See current and retired DPS vehicles, police dogs, the Mounted Patrol, and more. 11 am – 4 pm.
Texas Medical Association History of Medicine Gallery – 401 W. 15th Street
Texas Memorial Museum – 2400 Trinity Street
Are you curious about a fossil or other natural object you have found? If so, bring your discoveries to Texas Memorial Museum on Identification Day! University scientists and experts from Central Texas will be available to identify fossils, bones, rocks and prehistoric archeological materials. Event begins at 1 pm.
Texas Military Forces Museum – 3038 W. 35th Street
Texas Music Museum – 1009 E. 11th Street
Texas State Library and Archives Commission – 1201 Brazos Street
The Contemporary Austin – 3809 W. 35th Street
The sky’s the limit at this family-friendly, celestial day of art and exploring! See how works of art at Laguna Gloria are influenced by the sky above, from the luminous Luna to a giant figure looking skyward. Take in a lofty performance by aerial performers Sky Candy, then stop by the Mobile Planetarium to see the night sky. Make starry art to take home, grab a bite from a local food truck, and join in as we create an artistic galaxy installation! Noon – 4 pm.
Thinkery – 1830 Simond Avenue
Enjoy free general admission from 10 am – 6 pm.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum – 605 Robert E. Lee Road
Williamson Museum – 716 S. Austin Avenue, Georgetown
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at The Williamson Museum. Explore our new community made exhibit and make your own papel picado to decorate your home for a month full of festivities. Join us for hands-on historic fun from 1-4 pm.
Women and Their Work – 1710 Lavaca Street
Families will enjoy a special game of Red Dot I SPY form 11 am – 5 pm.