Chateau Bellevue (Austin Woman’s Club)

Built in 1874, Chateau Bellevue is romantic and elegant, with French Romanesque arches, beautiful courtyard grounds, a spacious ballroom, ornate hand carved woodwork and stunning stained glass windows. Chateau Bellevue is a unique venue for all special occasions, including weddings, corporate meetings and special parties!

Chateau Bellevue has been the headquarters of the Austin Woman’s Club since 1929 and the Junior Austin Woman’s Club since 1940.

The mansion was built by Harvey and Catherine North in 1874. The Norths were newcomers to Austin when construction began. It didn’t take long for Austin society to realize that the Norths were wealthy and cosmopolitan.

Before coming to Austin, Harvey North was a merchant in New Orleans. He took his family on long visits to Europe, giving credence to the idea that Bellevue’s castle imagery evoked European castles.

By 1876, North’s fortunes in Austin real estate began to falter. Just two years after building “Bellevue Place”, it was up for sale. Catherine North finally sold the mansion to Augusta Gaines and William Pendleton in 1881. The mansion sold for only half the amount it cost the Norths to build.

In 1892, Major Ira Evans bought Bellevue Place and turned the home into a castle, with the help of noted Texas architect, Alfred Giles. Starting with North’s wooden porch (replaced with limestone in the 1920s) Giles extended the home toward the west with a series of graceful rusticated limestone arches. He fortified the rooftops with crenelations and added a side entrance of exquisitely carved limestone.

Come tour this beautiful and unique building that is steeped in history and holds a special place in Austin’s  heritage.

Historic Millett Opera House

The Historic Millett Opera House was built in 1878 on what was once Ash Street by Captain Charles Millett & his friend, Frederick Ernst Ruffini. Captain Millett was a Fire Chief, business owner, City of Austin elected official, and special committee member.

After much negotiating with various performing artists, the first of the proposed performances to be offered Grand Opening Week October 23rd,1878 was announced.   Coquette, “……an American play of classical merit native in diction and incidents…”  was to be performed in a benefit for the Austin Library Association using all amateur actors who were well known Austin residents.

Millett’s Opera House was used to host the state Democratic Convention, graduations, a roller rink, and of course its first and main purpose was as a stage.

Texas Wendish Heritage Museum

The Texas Wendish Heritage Museum preserves the history of the Texas Wends, Slavic immigrants from Lusatia, an area in eastern Germany.

The museum is located at Serbin, near the historic St. Paul Lutheran Church.  The present church building, built in 1871, is one of the famous painted churches of South Central Texas.

As the only Wendish museum outside of Germany, the Texas Wendish Heritage Museum includes interpretive displays about the history of the Wends.  Exhibits include relics from the old country, from early life in Texas, traditional folk dress of Lusatia, traditional black wedding dresses, and the beautiful decorated Wendish Easter eggs.

Two mid-1800s log structures are also part of the museum complex.  The 1856 Kurio log cabin, built by the Kurio family, is furnished as a bedroom with original artifacts of the early settlers.  The Mertink log room is used to exhibit antique tools used for farming and carpentry.

The Lillie Moerbe Caldwell Library, housed in the interpretive center, specializes in the history and genealogy of the Wendish people.  The museum archives include rare books in Wendish and German, manuscripts, personal papers, and a photograph collection.

Group tours may be scheduled with a traditional Wendish meal.

Texas Wendish Heritage Museum

Kurio log cabin

St. Paul Building

Kasper family trunk

Welcome!

Wendish Easter eggs

Art Galleries at Black Studies

AGBS (The Art Galleries at Black Studies at the University of Texas) is a platform from which to unpack timely social issues, through the arts. From exhibitions celebrating contemporary creative expression, to displays of archives and material culture, AGBS is the sole on-campus entity dedicated to showcasing narratives of Africa and the African Diaspora. Comprised of two galleries—The Christian-Green Gallery and the Idea Lab—AGBS spaces are premiere destinations for anyone who seeks to connect with narratives that affect us all.

The Narrative

As the denial of physical access to art became a challenge for art institutions around the world, AGBS held tight to its mission as we moved into uncharted territory. The strength of our mission, and our resolve to highlight creative expression of Black people from across the Diaspora, led us to The Narrative. Much like the art work we exhibit in the galleries, The Narrative is a platform where we combine the resources which inspire us to think, ask questions, and marvel at the world of Black material culture.

Flower Hill Urban Homestead Museum

The Flower Hill Foundation exists to honor the late Jane Smoot’s vision to celebrate an Austin founding family of civil servants; preserve one of the city’s last historic homesteads; and empower, inspire, and engage the diverse Austin community of today and tomorrow.

The Flower Hill homestead and its 1.38 acres of historic landscape enjoy great local, state, and national significance architecturally, historically, and culturally. Its law library belonged to Lawrence Kelley Smoot, a Texas Supreme Court librarian and reporter, and the longest serving civil servant in Texas history. The theological library belonged to Rev. Dr. R.K. Smoot, the family patriarch, and founder of the Austin School of Theology, now the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, whom also conducted short-story writer, O. Henry’s wedding in Flower Hill’s parlor.

Continuously occupied by a single middle-class family from 1877-2013, Flower Hill possesses rare comprehensive documentation of three generations’ worth of American life, records including diaries, letters, oral history recordings and video tours maintained by the late Miss Jane Smoot, a celebrated teacher, world-traveler, and the last family member to live at the homestead. Architecturally, the home and 6 original outbuildings narrate another history, as its original plans were drawn from a survey of Southern vernacular styles, and were later modified over the centuries to the evolving trends and principles of American structure and design.

 

Asian American Resource Center

The mission of the Asian American Resource Center (AARC) is to provide spaces, services, resources, and programs through an Asian American Pacific Islander perspective. The vision is to empower Austin’s diverse communities through cultural understanding and life-enhancing opportunities. The AARC features rotating art and history exhibits on a quarterly basis as well as permanent art including “Lotus” sculpture and mosaic.

Come in and try something new with our year-round cultural and educational programming including free art and music workshops, film screenings, culinary classes, and more!

For more information, please visit our Current Exhibits, Event Calendar and School and Group Tours page.

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!

Old Bakery & Emporium

The Old Bakery & Emporium is a historic building located in Downtown Austin.  The Bakery operates as a Consignment Shop, Visitor Information Center, Art Gallery exhibiting local artists 50 or better and houses a museum, the Lundberg-Maerki Historical Collection.

Our Mission

• Offering people 50 years and over opportunities to supplement their incomes and to develop second careers

• Offering people of all ages opportunities for meaningful volunteer service

• Providing information and a warm sense of welcome to out-of-town visitors

• Encouraging the appreciation and perpetuation of heritage handcraft skills

Art Gallery

The Art Gallery is located on the third floor of the Old Bakery and Emporium and features a rotating schedule of exhibitions including artworks of all media and subject matter.

Briscoe Center for American History

Through stewardship, scholarship, and outreach, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History increases knowledge and fosters exploration of our nation’s past.

As a leading history research center, we collect, preserve, and make available documentary and material culture evidence encompassing key themes in Texas and U.S. history. Researchers, students, and the public mine our collections for a wide range of academic, professional, and personal uses. Our collections also inspire our own projects, including books, exhibits, programs, films, and educational materials. The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History is an organized research unit and public service component of The University of Texas at Austin.

City of Austin Cultural Arts Division

The Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department provides leadership and management for the City of Austin’s cultural arts programs and for the economic development of arts and cultural industries.

The Art in Public Places (AIPP) program, established in 1985, collaborates with local & nationally-known artists to include the history and values of our community into cultural landmarks that have become cornerstones of Austin’s identity. Austin’s public art collection can be found at sites such as the airport, convention center, libraries, parks, police stations, recreation centers, and streetscapes, enhancing public spaces for all residents and visitors to our City. Public art located outdoors is available for viewing at all times. Certain works located indoors may be viewed during each facility’s regular hours of operation or by appointment only. Visit the Art in Public Places website to browse the collection and plan your visit.

The City of Austin is proud to present The People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall (301 W. 2nd Street). The People’s Gallery is a free, annual exhibition of 2- and 3-dimensional works which showcases regional artists and encourages public dialog, understanding, and enjoyment of visual art. The artworks presented span a range of sensibilities and materials while holding to a high standard of quality in the field. An opening reception kicks-off the new exhibit each February and the exhibit remains on display for one year. Exhibition guides are available on the first three floors of City Hall so that visitors may take a self-guided tour.