Museums Archives - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX
Austin, Texas has many great museums where you can learn about Austin or the world. Come visit museums in Austin, Texas to expand your knowledge of the universe!

Opened in May 1971, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library is a repository and exhibition of documents, photographs, audio recordings, and personal artifacts from one of the most interesting presidencies in our nation’s history. Located on the University of Texas campus, the LBJ Library is a fascinating destination for locals and visitors alike—more than 100,000 people pass through its doors each year.

Between the Vietnam War, Civil Rights, and the counterculture movement of the 1960s, the library gives both a snapshot of Johnson’s presidency and the context necessary to understand its importance.

Of the more than 45,000 personal objects donated by the Johnson family, visitors can view clothing worn by the president and first lady at the 1964 inauguration, antiques and visual art masterworks owned by the family and their friends, and the desk where LBJ was sitting when he signed the 1965 Voting Rights Act.


Several permanent exhibits opened on what would have been Lady Bird Johnson’s 100th birthday in December 2012, including a 7/8 scale recreation of Johnson’s Oval Office, the Johnson Presidential Limousine, and an entire exhibit dedicated to the assassination of JFK on November 22, 2963.

Current temporary exhibits include Hats Off to LBJ!, an in-depth look at the headware worn and given to the First Family and the public museum debut of the letter of condolence LBJ wrote to Martin Luther King’s widow Coretta Scott King in April of 1968 after the Civil Rights leader was assassinated.

The LBJ Library also serves as an events space for symposiums , lectures, and interviews featuring guests like MLB Hall of Famer Hank Aaron and Bob Woodward, who helped uncover the Watergate scandal as an investigative journalist at the Washington Post.

Above, from top: LBJ Library photo by Charles Bogel; LBJ Library photo by Cecil Stoughton

Enjoy FREE exhibition admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Families can explore The Story of Texas through three floors of exhibitions that showcase artifacts from around the state. Special family programs from 12-3 p.m. combine art creation, presentations by partner organizations, and gallery activities.

Today is a special focus on Football! It’s the favorite sport of millions of Texans. Discover even more about football through hands-on activities and art-making.

  • What’s your favorite way to prepare for a football game? Visit with the The Texas Sports Hall of Fame and play a sampling of tailgate games.
  • Bring your toughest queries in front of our “Stump the Referee” panel.
  • Try your hand at football trivia. Correct answers win prizes!
  • Design a new football uniform for your favorite team.
  • Tiny Texans can enjoy story time and an activity especially for them at 2pm.
  • Contribute to our community mascot display, search for your football heroes in Gridiron Glory, and more!

When: today, October 4th

Bullock Texas History Museum
1800 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701

Ladies & Gentleman …The Beatles is coming to Austin for the first time. The exhibit celebrates Beatlemania. On display will be more than 400 pieces of memorabilia, records, rare photographs, tour artifacts, video and instruments from private collectors and The GRAMMY Museum®, including the original Ludwig drum head Ringo Star played on The Ed Sullivan Show. It even includes an oral history booth where visitors can leave their own impressions of the timeless group.

Exhibit Runs: now – January 10, 2016

LBJ Library and Museum
2313 Red River Street
Austin, Texas 78705

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Today is literally “Explore UT” day. Checking out the UT campus in general was bound to make the list at one point or another given all that it has to offer, including the tower, Texas Memorial Stadium and its various museums. But the Explore UT event is something else entirely. It’s the “the biggest open house in Texas.”  It’s a day focused on providing visitors an opportunity to get an in-depth look at life on campus at the university.


Things and events to check out today include:

Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum
Perry-Castañeda Library Open House
Campus Scavenger Hunt
The Texas Memorial Museum
Walking Tour
Children’s International Festival
March with the Longhorn Band
Speedway Mall Festival
Tower Tours
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Today really gives you a taste of all that the University of Texas has to offer in one large dose. There are over 400 activities and events going on around campus today!

As a former Longhorn, I can’t blog about Austin and not mention the University of Texas now and again. Hook ‘em Horns and have a great day!

Admission: free

Time: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

The University of Texas

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The Blanton Museum of Art currently has a very unique and fun basketball exhibit.  Since we are in the middle of basketball season, now is the perfect time to check it out.  Plus, museums are always good rainy day activities.

This unique exhibit combines contemporary works by Paul Pfeiffer as well as a special display of James Naismith’s “Original Rules of Basketball.”  The display contains the original 13 rules of the game that later became a national phenomenon.

Pfeiffer uses photographs and video installations to re-frame the players, the ball, and the architecture of the arena.  Together, this gives you a unique view of the sport all the way from a historical sense, to a perspective behind the camera.

Speaking of basketball, UT has a game tonight.  Hook ‘Em Horns!

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

When: now – January 13th

Admission:  Current UT ID Holder: Free
Blanton Museum Members: Free
Adult: $9
Senior (65+): $7
College students with valid ID: $5
Youth (13-21): $5
Kids 12 and under: Free, must be accompanied by a supervising adult
Admission is always FREE on Thursdays!

Blanton Museum of Art
200 E. Martin Luther King Junior Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78701

Today is National Fossil Day and the Texas Memorial Museum at the University of Texas is celebrating! Today is a day to celebrate and appreciate the scientific and educational values fossils provide.

I happen to find them fascinating, Jurassic Park is one of my favorite movies so anything involving fossils perks my interest. Today is a great opportunity for you to learn more from a local expert.

Today’s blog goes out to my mom because if she could be in Austin today she would be here, she loves this stuff!

Here is a schedule of the days events:

Activities: A Mammoth Afternoon

1-3 p.m.: Fossil identifications
(1st floor, Paleo Lab)

2-3 p.m.Scoops & Stories—Young paleontologists can discover a mammoth molar in our new fossil dig pit, learn a lullaby for a mammoth, and listen to the story Mammoths on the Move.
(Outdoor Classroom)

3:15-3:45 p.m. and 4-4:30 p.m.Meet the Mammoths—Join Dr. Pamela R. Owen, TNSC vertebrate paleontologist, for a family-friendly gallery talk and hands-on exploration of mammoth fossils.
(1st floor, Ice Ages exhibit)

When: today, October 17th

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Texas Natural Science Center
Texas Memorial Museum
2400 Trinity Street Stop D1500
Austin, Texas 78712



The Garden Party is tonight at Laguna Gloria, and it’s your chance for an evening of outdoor fun, mini golf, cupcakes and more.

Come explore the beautiful grounds at Laguna Gloria and check out past blog item Art on the Green, an artist/architect-built mini golf course. Bring a picnic to set up and enjoy the sunset. The Cupcake Bar will be there to help you design custom cupcakes. Pedernales Cellars and The Brooklyn Brewery will be on hand to supply the drinks for the evening.

RSVP Required.

Tickets: members $10, non-members $14

When: today, April 9th

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Laguna Gloria
3809 W. 35th Street
Austin, Texas 78703

It would be a crime not to get outside and enjoy this wonderful spring weather.

The French Legation Museum is inviting you to enjoy live music under the stars with the Merci Buckets. This is the perfect opportunity for you to bring your picnic basket, lawn chairs and even a cocktail or two as you enjoy some live music under the spring sky.

This is the perfect way to experience a nice, relaxing night in Austin.

Admission: $5

When: tonight, March 23

Time: 6:30 p.m.

French Legation Museum
802 San Marcos Street
Austin, Texas 78702

It’s fall in Texas, which only means one thing — high school football. It’s pretty much a religion, especially in small towns, but that doesn’t mean Austin isn’t also football crazy. A Friday night at House Park is pretty special. And for all of the football lovers in Austin, the Bob Bullock Museum is offering a deeper look into the phenomena that is Texas high school football.

It sounds pretty cool, and from now until Oct. 5 there is a companion to the exhibit called Fridays in Fall. It’s features the work of a handful of St. Edward’s University students who spent their Friday nights last fall watching high school football through a camera lens.

When: now – January 22, 2012.

Adults: $9
College Students: $8
Seniors/military: $7
Youth (ages 4-17): $6
3 and under: free

Bob Bullock Museum
1800 N. Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78701

Photo Thanks: Coltera








After my visit to the CowParade I was feeling inspired by all the talent that was on display, so I thought I would blog on free Thursday at the Blanton Museum of Art.

The museum is packed with fun events throughout the day, starting with “New Ways of Seeing Texture.” Families can discover art through materials that can be touched, such as clay, felt, foam, plaster and more.

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Family Activity: New Ways of Seeing Texture

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  and 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Story Time Tour

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Public Tour: About Face: Portraiture as Subject

MLK Blvd. at Congress
Austin, TX 78701