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Austin has a booming art scene as well as a number of nationally recognized museums. With Austin Museum Day approaching on September 20, 2020, visitors should expect nothing but the best. This year, 30 local museums and historic spaces around Austin will be celebrating in a new way, with either free in-person admission or at the Virtual Museum Day event, happening on the Austin Museum Partnership's Facebook page. Enjoy a variety of activities at the virtual event, including craft projects, virtual tours, gallery talks and more.

Be sure to check out Museum Day's website for the latest news about participating locations, but remember these gems are available year-round for visitors and locals alike!

03 Tom Friedman Looking Up 2015 at The Contemporary Austin Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria Photo Credit Brian Fitzsimmons.
The Contemporary Austin Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria. Credit Brian Fitzsimmons.

Traditional and Contemporary Art Museums

A must-see is The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria, an outdoor sculpture park and museum that brings multidisciplinary exhibitions, engaging programs and enticing special events to the city's art landscape.
Advance tickets required, plus limited capacity and social distancing measures are in place.

Also be sure to stop by the Mexic-Arte Museum, which showcases the art and culture of Mexico. Here, you’ll find exhibits that feature traditional and contemporary Mexican, Latino and Latin American works.
Limited capacity and social distancing measures are in place

UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum is a perfect blend of all things Austin: amazing local art casually set in a lush garden of local native Texas plants. There are over 54 works of art to tour along with regular rotating exhibitions.
Advance tickets available, plus limited capacity and social distancing measures are in place.

Celebrate the history and culture of the Asian American Pacific Islander community in Central Texas with the Asian American Resource Center (AARC). The AARC works to empower Austin's diverse communities through cultural understanding and life-enhancing opportunities.
Participating in the virtual event; museum is currently closed to the public.

Just north of the University of Texas is the Elisabet Ney Museum, the historic 1892 studio of European-born sculptor and activist Elisabet Ney. The museum features her own Classical-style portraits along with exhibitions of contemporary art.
Participating in the virtual event; museum is currently closed to the public.

Local Art Galleries & Museums

Women and Their Work Gallery, located in the heart of downtown, serves as a place where contemporary art created by Texas women can be featured in exhibitions, performances and workshops.
Open virtually and by appointment only.

Experience the University of Texas's Visual Arts Center for a rotating selection of exhibitions through the artist-in-residence program along with student works and regular, educational events.
Participating in the virtual event; museum is currently closed to the public.

The Emma S Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation, creation, presentation, and promotion of Mexican American cultural arts and heritage. Explore exhibitions showcasing narratives of Mexican American, Native American, Chicano and other Latinx cultures.
Participating in the virtual event; museum is currently closed to the public.

The Dougherty Arts Center is an award-winning cultural arts center offering a variety of rotating visual, performing and digital arts experiences. The Center focuses on emerging and established Austin artists.
Participating in the virtual event; museum is currently closed to the public.

Children Playing in family garden at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in austin texas
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Credit Jessica Pages.

Family Friendly Museums

Head over to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin to explore the beautiful botanic garden featuring various native plants. They have programs for adults and the youth to learn about the conservation of nature and experience the beauty of the outdoors.
Advance tickets required, plus limited capacity and social distancing measures are in place.

Located in northeast Austin, Pioneer Farms six historic areas to explore, from the 1840s through the 1890s. Take the kids back in time at four different farmsteads, a Tonkawa Indian Encampment, a rural village and more.
Limited capacity and social distancing measures are in place.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum features three floors of engaging exhibits that tell the story of Texas. Here, you can catch an IMAX film, or tour the exhibits and grab a Texas-themed souvenir at the gift shop to remember it by.
Advance tickets available, plus limited capacity and social distancing measures are in place.

Oval Office Exhibit at the LBJ Presidential Library
Oval Office Exhibit. Credit LBJ Library, photo by Gary Phelps.

History Museums

A rare surviving example of Austin's earliest history, The Neill-Cochran House, was built in 1855. Today, this impressive Greek Revival house museum offers visitors an inside look into the lives of Austinites from the mid-19th through early 20th centuries.
Advance tickets available, plus limited capacity and social distancing measures are in place.

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library & Museum is another must-see, with interactive exhibits, three high-tech theaters and displays of rare documents that explore the legislative process and key moments in the life of the Central Texas native and 36th president.
Online exhibitions available while the museum is temporarily closed.

The Harry Ransom Center, a free library and archive on the University of Texas campus, lets you view rarities like the Gutenberg Bible and the world's first photograph year-round as well as rotating and traveling exhibits.
Online exhibitions available while the museum is temporarily closed.

Founded in 1851, the Texas State Cemetery is the final resting place of Texas' most notable sons and daughters, including Stephen F. Austin and Barbara Jordan.
Cemetery grounds are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Flower Hill Urban Homestead Museum celebrates an Austin founding family of civil servants; preserving one of the city’s last historic homesteads. Get a glimpse of three centuries’ worth of furnishings, textiles and texts, along with a gorgeous Texas wild-scape.
Open by advance appointment only. Virtual experiences available online.