Austin Museum of Popular Culture

The Austin Museum of Popular Culture (AusPop) collects, conserves, and exhibits vintage posters and live music ephemera from the 1960s through today to educate future generations on the rich and unique culture that makes Austin the Live Music Capital of the World.

Formerly known as the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture, AusPop seeks to enrich a growing and changing community by becoming the premier resource in Texas for art and artifacts of local music history from the 1960s through today, and its impact on local, national, and international culture.

Exploring Austin’s alternate route to peace, love, and happiness since 2004.

Museum Day 2020:

AusPop is currently hosting an exhibition celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Armadillo World Headquarters!

Located in an old armory at 525 ½ Barton Springs Road, The Dillo was a big old building with no air conditioning or amenities but it held much promise for the group of dedicated founders.  They learned about running a venue as they went along and mainly did learn from mistakes made.  Fortunately for the city, state and nation the staff never stopped taking chances on the bands booked to perform…they consciously booked acts that were wonderful but weren’t going to sell a lot of tickets.

Many landmark events followed over the years, along with accompanying financial troubles but the club did persevere; survived a Chapter 11 bankruptcy and ended the 10-year run making a profit.  Nothing lasts forever but the impact of this club on Austin and its culture has continued to this day.

Please join us on Austin Museum Day this year! AusPop will be open at our new location on North Lamar Blvd. We ask that you reserve a time to visit either online via our eventbrite page, call us to make a reservation at 512-2698-7303, or email us at info@southpop.org. We are open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-6pm through the middle of December, including Austin Museum Day. Advanced reservations are required as we will be maintaining a total attendance of 10 people (including staff) at any given time. All staff and visitors are required to wear a facemask, and we will be sanitizing all surfaces between visits.

Please check out our Exhibition Website for more details, a selection of images from the exhibition, and videos with Armadillo performers, staff, and more!

location

6416 North Lamar Blvd. (map)

hours

Saturdays and Sundays by Appointment Only 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

admissions

AusPop exhibits are always free but by Appointment Only

phone

(512) 698-7303

website

http://www.southpop.org/