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Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.
Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Museum of Art

(512) 471-5482

200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Austin, TX 78712   Directions Website

Experience your city, your art, and your museum at the world-class Blanton Museum of Art, which features the largest and most comprehensive collections of more than 21,000 works that showcase art from across the ages, from ancient Greek pottery to abstract expressionism.

With a year-round schedule of traveling exhibitions, art lovers are sure to discover new and old favorites from European paintings, an encyclopedic collection of prints and drawings, and modern and contemporary American and Latin American art.

Bullock Texas State History Museum
Bullock Texas State History Museum

(512) 936-8746

1800 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701   Directions Website

Go back in time and experience the great history of the Lone Star State at Bullock Texas State History Museum, where you are greeted with a 35-foot Lone Star sculpture.

Explore three floors of interactive exhibits with more than 700 fascinating Texana artifacts, including Stephen F. Austin's diary, Neil Armstrong's space suit, and more.

From the establishment of the state to its devastating events to its many accomplishments, enjoy the experience that Bullock Museum offers with its ever-changing exhibitions, innovative films, and unique programs and events.

Elisabet Ney Museum
Elisabet Ney Museum

(512) 974-1625

304 E 44th St
Austin, TX 78751   Directions Website

The Elisabet Ney Museum is the historic home and studio of Elisabet Ney, a wildly iconoclastic German sculptor who moved to Austin in 1882. The museum enthusiastically celebrates her art, history, and legacy through exhibitions and events for the whole family.

Her commissions include notable European luminaries and those who shaped early Texas history, including well-known Texans Stephen Austin and Sam Houston, whose portraits both stand in the national and state capitals today.

French Legation State Historic Site
French Legation State Historic Site

(737) 226-1779

802 San Marcos St
Austin, TX 78702   Directions Website

Explore the homestead of Austin's oldest residence at the French Legation State Historic Site, where you will discover how the Texas settlement and the growth of one of the capital city’s most vibrant neighborhoods came to be.

Tour the museum, whose original structure was built to accommodate the diplomatic outpost for the French chargé d’affaires to the Republic of Texas, Alphonse Dubois, after France recognized the Republic of Texas as a sovereign nation.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum

(512) 721-0200

2313 Red River St
Austin, TX 78705   Directions Website

Dedicated in 1971, the Lyndon B. Johnson Library & Museum chronicles the 36th U.S. President's contribution to civil rights and education in photographs, letters, official documents, and exhibits.

While many of the documents and letters were written by Johnson himself, others were written by colleagues and friends to describe an engaging man who was an underrated orator and a popular politician, whose seemingly low-key demeanor often overshadowed his many ground-breaking accomplishments in public service.

Mexic-Arte Museum
Mexic-Arte Museum

(512) 200-7278

419 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701   Directions Website

Explore the Mexic-Arte Museum, which enriches the community through education programs, exhibitions, and the collection, preservation, and interpretation of Mexican, Latino, and Latin American art and culture for visitors of all ages.

Tour the works of traditional and contemporary arts that present multimedia works by established and emerging artists.

The Mexic-Arte Museum also boasts an eclectic museum store, where visitors can take home a piece of Mexican art, wood-carved Oaxacan animals and Michoacan pottery, Day of the Dead pieces, hand-blown glass jewelry, and children's items.

Museum of the Weird
Museum of the Weird

(512) 476-5493

412 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701   Directions Website

Nestled within the Lucky Lizard curio shop, the Museum of the Weird is one of the world's last authentic dime museums continuing in the tradition of P.T. Barnum.

The museum boasts a variety of unusual attractions, such as monsters, 3,000-year-old mummies, freaks of nature, shrunken heads, giant lizards, wax figures, and Fiji mermaids. It also features unexplained paranormal subject matter like ghosts, UFOs, and a replica skull of Bigfoot, and is home to the world-famous Creature in Ice.

Neill-Cochran House Museum
Neill-Cochran House Museum

(512) 478-2335

2310 San Gabriel St
Austin, TX 78705   Directions Website

Explore the elegant side of Austin at the Neill-Cochran House, considered one of the city's three most important historic residences, where you'll discover several rooms decorated with 1780-1925 furniture.

Tour the historic home and hear several stories about the many occupants over the years, including the Texas School for the Blind and its occupation by federal troops during Reconstruction.

The home is open for daily tours and is a living history lesson on how Austin went from a sleepy outpost to the state capital to the home of one of the largest universities in the country.

The Contemporary Austin | Laguna Gloria
The Contemporary Austin | Laguna Gloria

(512) 458-8191

3809 W 35th St
Austin, TX 78703   Directions Website

Take in 20th-century and contemporary American art at The Contemporary Austin, showcasing two renowned and architecturally unique locations, where they bring multidisciplinary exhibitions, engaging programs, and enticing special events to the city's visual arts landscape.

The Contemporary Austin aims to create a cultural center of gravity in Austin for a variety of experiences linked to contemporary art. They offer many engaging opportunities for artists, enjoyable hands-on programs for families, and many exhibitions and event opportunities.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

(512) 445-5582

605 Azie Morton Rd
Austin, TX 78704   Directions Website

Surround yourself with the works of Charles Umlauf and other visual artists as they showcase their unique sculptures at The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, where they encourage the understanding and appreciation of the intersection of nature, sculpture, and the arts.

Take a stroll through the gardens and contemplate the sculptures or your thoughts. Enjoy some private time with a friend as you sit on the secluded benches and enjoy the occasional dance or music performance amongst the trees.

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