Austin Museum Day 2021
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Explore Austin-area museums — for free! The 24th Annual Austin Museum Day is a free celebration of art, culture, history, music, nature, and science.
More than twenty museums in Austin will welcome visitors with special programming including guided and self-guided exhibition tours, activities, and more for visitors of all ages.
Pick up the Austin Chronicle the week of Museum Day for our special insert with complete information about each museum!
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Please remember to check the website before your visit in case of any changes!
Asian American Resource Center
8401 Cameron Rd., (512) 974-1700, www.austintexas.gov/aarc
Facebook: @aarcatx, Instagram: @aarcatx
12pm – 3pm
Come view AARC exhibits in person, and get a free portrait taken by one of our community exhibit photographers. RSVP at aarcatx.eventbrite.com. Drop-ins welcome.
Austin Nature & Science Center
2389 Stratford Dr., (512) 974-3888, www.austintexas.gov/ansc
12pm – 5pm
The Austin Nature & Science Center (ANSC) provides hands-on nature exhibits, educational programs, and recreational activities for guests of all ages that increase the awareness and appreciation of our natural environments. MathHappens will be at ANSC during Austin Museum Day to provide fun activities that link math and nature, like the Human Sundial.
The Beverly S. Sheffield Education Center
2201 William Barton Rd., (512) 974-6350, www.austintexas.gov/splash
12pm – 5pm
Located at the Barton Springs Bathhouse, The Beverly S. Sheffield Education Center presents the exhibit Splash! Into the Edwards Aquifer as well as rotating exhibits in the central rotunda. We’re also partnering with the Austin Nature & Science Center to offer educational programs. During Austin Museum Day, everyone will have an opportunity to sculpt a salamander.
Blanton Museum of Art
200 East MLK Jr. Blvd., (512) 471-5482, blantonmuseum.org
Facebook: @BlantonMuseum, Instagram: @BlantonMuseum, Twitter: @blantonmuseum
1pm – 5pm
Immerse yourself in art exhibitions like “Black is Beautiful,” “Sedrick Huckaby,” and “Austin” by Ellworth Kelly. Please visit our website for construction info and how to get to the museum entrance. Masks strongly recommended!
Briscoe Center for American History
2300 Red River St. Unit 2, (512) 495-4515, www.briscoecenter.org
Facebook: @BriscoeCenter; Twitter: @BriscoeCenter
12pm – 5pm
One of the nation’s leading history research centers, the Briscoe Center at UT Austin, promotes public exploration of the past through research services, exhibits, and projects inspired by our archival holdings. Visit us on Austin Museum Day to see Flash of Light, Wall of Fire, our exhibit of photos documenting the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Brush Square Museums
Virtual Walking Tour
Facebook: @susannadickinsonmuseum, Instagram: @brushsquaremuseums
We invite you to join our newest walking tour of downtown Austin, focusing on historic places connected to Susanna Dickinson Hannig and her period of residence in Austin. The tour explores Susanna’s life, the lives of her fellow Austin residents, and the historical undercurrents of Austin’s dynamic and rapidly changing cityscape at the time. Here’s your chance to soak in the history of Downtown Austin before high-rises were here to stay!
Access the tour at: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/871f9e70ff544b17a0d078ce669f2a8f?fbclid=IwAR120H5C3O8ODbHGpjptvtusHFi11HMTuzpjKe8AuR66vM2gF-GUMTXbUFU
Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 Congress Ave., (512) 936-8746, www.thestoryoftexas.com
Facebook: @bullockmuseum, Instagram: @bullockmuseum, Twitter: @bullockmuseum
10am – 5pm
Welcome back to the Bullock Museum for a free day of discovery. Share our love for the Lone Star State and explore the Texas History Galleries and special exhibits. Join in on family activities inspired by our special exhibit, Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World. No reservations required.
City of Austin Art in Public Places
Facebook: @CityofAustinArts, Instagram:@CityofAustinArts
Daylight hours recommended
Did you know that the City of Austin’s ‘Art in Public Places’ collection has over 300 pieces? Many of those artworks are open to the public 24 hours a day—a museum without walls! Explore these sites in person by taking a self-guided tour. Follow this link to discover more information about each of our works – onsite or from the comfort of your own home: https://bit.ly/37YFsS0!
The Contemporary Austin
3809 W 35th St., (512) 458-8191, www.thecontemporaryaustin.org
Facebook: @TheContemporaryAustin, Instagram: @contemporaryatx, Twitter: @ContemporaryATX
12pm – 4pm
The Contemporary Austin will offer engaging performances, art-making activities, artist demonstrations, docent-led tours of the exhibitions, and free admission at both museum sites. Entries are limited and reservations are encouraged.
Dougherty Arts Center
1110 Barton Springs Rd., (512) 974-4000, www.austintexas.gov/dac
Facebook: @doughertyarts, Instagram: @doughertyartscenter
11am – 1pm
Visit the Dougherty Arts Center on Austin Museum Day 2021 for a Wild Texas experience. Our doors will be open from 11am-1pm featuring artwork by Jonathan Jackson, Veronica Ceci, and Marty Lewis. Explore the Texas landscape with a special hands on all-ages art activity too! Free while supplies last.
Elisabet Ney Museum
304 E 44th St., (512) 974-1625, www.theney.org
Facebook: @elisabetney, Instagram: @elisabetneyatx, Twitter: @ElisabetNeyATX
12pm – 5pm
Come visit the museum’s current exhibit, “Reweave: 2021,” featuring outdoor and indoor installations by local artist, Jade Walker. Visitors will be able to take a museum tour, participate in a variety of activities, and create their own woven slingshot to take home! Bringing along strips of cloth (i.e from old shirts), rope, old leashes, or string is suggested.
Flower Hill Urban Homestead Museum
Facebook: @flowerhillfoundation, Instagram: @flowerhillfoundation, Twitter: @FlowerHill1877
Join the Flower Hill Urban Homestead Museum for a VIRTUAL tour of our 1.38 acres of historic Texas Wildscape and the historic Richmond Kelley Smoot Home. Please visit the Virtual Experience page of our website to enjoy this virtual tour: www.flowerhillfoundation.org/austinmuseumday.
French Legation State Historic Site
802 San Marcos St., (737) 226-1399, https://www.thc.texas.gov/historic-sites/french-legation-state-historic-site
Facebook: @frenchlegation, Instagram: @frenchlegationshs
12 pm – 3 pm
Explore the homestead of Austin’s oldest residence at the French Legation State Historic Site! Tour the historic Legation House, built by France’s representative to the Republic of Texas in 1841, or learn about the Robertson Family, who lived in the home for ninety-two years and whose homestead contributed to the growth of Central East Austin’s ethnically diverse neighborhoods. Free 20-minute self-guided tours of the home will be available by reservation only. Please call (737) 226-1399 to make a reservation.
The Harry Ransom Center
300 West 21st St., (512) 471-8944, https://www.hrc.utexas.edu/
Facebook: @RansomCenter, Instagram: @RansomCenter, Twitter: @RansomCenter
12pm – 5pm
The Harry Ransom Center is a free library and archive on the University of Texas campus. Visit the Center on Austin Museum Day to tour the groundbreaking exhibition, Gabriel García Márquez: The Making of a Global Writer, view one of Frida Kahlo’s most iconic paintings, explore Julia Child’s journey to publication, see one of only 20 complete copies of the Gutenberg Bible and more.
If you would rather explore the Center virtually, visit from home: https://www.hrc.utexas.edu/visit-from-home/
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave., (512) 232-0100, http://wildflower.org/
Facebook: @wildflowercenter, Instagram: @wildflowercenter, Twitter: @wildflowerctr
9am – 5pm
Featuring nearly 900 native plant species and miles of trails, there’s plenty to explore at UT’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Enjoy lawn games, bubbles and sunflower-themed activities. Space is limited, so reserve your free ticket in advance on our website.
Landmarks, The Public Art Program at The University of Texas at Austin
204 E Dean Keeton St., (512) 495-4315, https://landmarks.utexas.edu/
Facebook: @LandmarksUT, Instagram: @LandmarksUT, Twitter: @LandmarksUT
Daylight hours recommended
Take a self-guided tour of Landmarks! Explore the collection while walking around campus – or connect from afar! Use your smartphone to access mobile tours, audio guides, artist videos, Spotify playlists, and more at LandmarksTours.org. Translations are available in Spanish and Simplified Chinese. We recommend beginning your tour at Mark di Suvero’s “Clock Knot,” located at 204 E Dean Keeton St.
Facebook: @MathHappens, Instagram: @mathhappensfoundation, Twitter: @MathHappensOrg
MathHappens has prepared new demonstrations, activities and treats that you can find by visiting Neill-Cochran House Museum and the Austin Nature & Science Center on Museum Day. Please check with the locations for schedules.
419 Congress Ave., (512) 200 7278 , https://mexic-artemuseum.org
Facebook: @mexicarte Instagram: @mexic_arte Twitter: @mexic_arte
Throughout 2021, Mexico has been observing and celebrating historical events: the founding of Tenochtitlán, the historical invasion by Spain, and the Independence of Mexico. Mexic- Arte will present an exhibition and programs in conjunction with Mexico’s celebrations. Tours will be provided at 1:00pm and 2:00pm, along with an artist led activity.
Neill-Cochran House Museum
2310 San Gabriel St., (512) 478-2335, www.nchmuseum.org
Facebook: @nchmuseum.org, Instagram: @neillcochran
11am – 4pm
This Austin Museum Day, the Neill-Cochran House Museum will bring out all of your favorite lawn games including badminton, lawn bowling, ring toss, and corn hole. To cool off after all that fun, we will be making homemade lemonade and ice cream. Additionally, we will have our delightful Civil War Actors and Victorian Ladies visiting. Free Parking is offered behind the museum.
10621 Pioneer Farms Dr., (512) 837-1215, www.pioneerfarms.org
Facebook: @pioneerfarms, Instagram: @pioneerfarms_, Twitter: @pioneerfarms
10am – 5pm
Explore Texas history from 1839 to 1899: Churn butter, spin cloth, see longhorns on the Chisholm Trail, camp with Native people, watch sparks fly in our smithy, and witness life in a log cabin. Join us for interactive family fun in our new exhibits, accompanied by live music and more, at Central Texas’ premier living-history experience.
Save Austin’s Cemeteries and Oakwood Chapel
1601 Navasota St., (512) 798-3576, www.sachome.org
Facebook: @SaveAustinsCemeteries Instagram:@save.atx.cemeteries
9am – 5pm
Celebrate the Veterans that served our country. There are three walking tours featuring Veterans, and the Chapel will be featuring our newest exhibit “To Serve.” Snacks and water will be served and a public bathroom is available.
Texas Capitol Visitors Center
112 E 11th St., (512) 305-8400, https://tspb.texas.gov/prop/tcvc/cvc/cvc.html
12pm – 5pm
Step inside this castle-like structure that once served as the General Land Office. Explore exhibits relating to Texas history, the Texas Capitol and Texas land. Enjoy a new exhibit about the Governor’s Mansion and take home a Mansion activity booklet. Please visit https://tspb.texas.gov/atxmd/ for additional family activities and virtual tours.
Texas Memorial Museum
2400 Trinity St., (512) 471-1604, www.texasmemorialmuseum.org
Facebook: @TexasMemorialMuseum Instagram: @texas.memorial.museum Twitter: @TexasMemMuseum
1pm – 5pm
Celebrate the prehistoric at TMM! Meet a paleontologist, have your fossil finds identified, and explore the Hall of Geology and Paleontology. Pre-registration on our website is required for fossil identifications. If you need any accommodation to participate, please contact us at TMMeducation@austin.utexas.edu at least 5 days before the event.
Texas Military Forces Museum
3038 W 35th St., (512) 782-5659, www.texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.com
Facebook: @Texasmilitaryforcesmuseum, Instagram: @TMFMuseum, Twitter: @TMFMuseum
10am – 4pm
The 45,000-square foot Texas Military Forces Museum explores the history of the Lone Star State’s militia, volunteer forces, and Texas National Guard from 1823 to present day. Be sure to look for the special Museum Day scavenger hunt for kids with a small prize for completed forms.
Texas Music Museum
1009 E. 11th St., (512) 472-8891, http://www.texasmusicmuseum.org/
1pm – 4pm
The Texas Music Museum will reopen for Museum Day with on-site tours! Check out our exhibits on local music history, including our exhibition featuring the Contributions of East Austin African American Musicians To Texas Music. Please call to make an appointment in advance. We ask all parties to remain under 10 people, and face masks are required.
Texas State Capitol
1100 Congress Ave., (512) 463-0063, texasstatecapitol.com
12pm – 5pm
Please join us for a special Capitol tour in honor of Austin Museum Day or a scavenger hunt on the Capitol Grounds.
Texas State Cemetery
909 Navasota St., (512) 463-0605, https://cemetery.tspb.texas.gov/
12pm – 5pm
Visitors to the Texas State Cemetery on Austin Museum Day can enjoy a scavenger hunt.
UMLAUF Sculpture Garden + Museum
605 Azie Morton Rd., (512) 445-5582, www.umlaufsculpture.org
Facebook: @umlaufsculpture, Instagram:@umlaufsculpture, Twitter: @umlaufsculpture
11am – 4pm
Join us at UMLAUF Sculpture Garden + Museum as we celebrate Austin Museum Day with hourly Public Tours from our experienced docents, scavenger hunts, and close- looking sensory tours for the whole family!
The Williamson Museum
716 South Austin Ave., Georgetown, (512) 943-1670, www.williamsonmuseum.org
Facebook: @williamsonmuseum, Instagram: @williamsonmuse, Twitter: @williamsonmuse
1pm – 4pm
Saddle up and hit the trail with The Williamson Museum! Explore local cattlemen and the cattle drives that helped shape present day Williamson County. Visit the museum for hands-on crafts, living history demonstrations, and to check out our engaging exhibits! Discover the stories of Williamson County today!
Women & Their Work
1311 E. Cesar Chavez, (512) 477-1064, https://womenandtheirwork.org/
Facebook: @WomenAndTheirWorkGallery, Instagram: @womenandtheirwork, Twitter: @WTWgallery
12pm – 6pm
“We Know Who We Are. We Know What We Want.” is the inaugural exhibition at W&TW’s permanent home. This multi-media exhibition, curated by Vicki Meek, examines how the idea of feminism continues to be one that has many definitions, depending on the lens through which it is viewed. Young visitors can go on a scavenger hunt to learn & discover the materials used in the exhibition.