Austin has so many museums of all varieties to explore. Whether your interests lie in art, science, Texas culture or natural history, there is a museum which fits the bill, right in our own backyard. Check each museum’s website for hours and admission costs. Some are even free!
301 Nature Center Dr., Austin
Dig in the sand and uncover bones in the Dino Pit, check out the indoor and outdoor hands-on exhibits, and bring natural treasures to the Trading Counter. This museum focuses on appreciating the natural elements found around us.
200 E. MLK Blvd., Austin
The Blanton features both temporary exhibitions from around the world and across genres and mediums and ages as well as permanent exhibitions. Be sure to check out Austin, the 2,715-square-foot stone building, designed by Ellsworth Kelly, with luminous colored glass windows, a totemic wood sculpture, and fourteen black and white marble panels. Free admission on Thursdays.
1800 N. Congress Ave., Austin
Take in some Texas history at the official history museum of the State of Texas. In addition to the permanent and temporary exhibits, patrons can see a movie on the huge IMAX screen, or take part in one of the many events that they host throughout the year. Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month.
3809 West 35th St., Austin
Explore the grounds of Laguna Gloria and the residence that prominent Austinite Clara Driscoll called home. Free admission on Tuesdays.
304 East 44th St., Austin
See works of art created by German sculptress Elisabeth Ney as you explore her studio and the surrounding grounds. The museum offers a range of educational programs, exhibits, special events, workshops and lectures throughout the year. Free admission!
1165 Angelina St., Austin
Learn more about Juneteenth and the history of African-American scientists and inventors in our country. Free admission!
2313 Red River St. Austin
Gain insight into the life and accomplishments of our nation’s 36th President and the political climate when he governed.
419 Congress Ave., Austin
Mexic-Arte features exhibits by Mexican, Latino and Latin American artists. Free admission every Sunday at 2 & 3 pm.
2310 San Gabriel St., Austin
The Neill-Cochran House offers its visitors an intimate view of the fabric of the lives of prominent Austinites and some of those who lived among them from the mid-19th through early 20th centuries.
10621 Pioneer Farms Dr., Austin
Pioneer Farms is a working living history museum featuring five themed historic areas: a Tonkawa Indian Encampment, a German Emigrant Farm, a Texian Farm, a Cotton Planter’s Farm and a rural village called Sprinkle Corner. Check the event calendar for special events throughout the year.
112 East 11th St., Austin
Visit the oldest state office building in Texas and learn about soldiers during the Texas Revolution, ranching, construction of the Capitol and about famous writer O Henry, who worked in the building. LEGO fans will appreciate the giant LEGO replica of the majestic Texas State Capitol. Free admission!
2400 Trinity St., Austin
Exhibits at the Texas Memorial Museum are based on the 5.7 million collected specimens from research conducted at the university. Exhibits focus on prehistoric life, evolution, rocks and minerals, and Texas wildlife.
2200 West 35th St., Bldg. 6, Austin
The museum explores the story of the Lone Star State’s militia and volunteer forces from 1823 to 1903 when Congress created the National Guard, as well as the story of the Texas Army and Air National Guard and the Texas State Guard in peacetime and war. Free admission!
1830 Simond Ave., Austin
Get wet in the Currents exhibit, tinker at the Innovators’ Workshop, climb in the courtyard, and experiment with light at this children’s museum. Visit on Wednesday nights from 4–8 pm for Community Night where you pay by donation.
605 Azie Morton Rd., Austin
This sculpture garden houses over 100 works of art, many of which are coated in wax and therefore available for gentle touching, primarily to benefit visually impaired guests. Be sure to check the themes for each month’s Family Day happening the second Sunday of each month.