Science Mill

Discover the fun of science at the Science Mill in Johnson City! This nonprofit museum offers a fun, interactive learning environment for all ages. Housed in an historic 1880s mill in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, the Science Mill features more than 50 interactive, world-class exhibits, a 3D theater and an on-site café.

At the Science Mill, we’re all about discovery, creativity and hands-on learning. We’ve searched far and wide to deliver the most innovative and powerfully playful exhibits to our community. Indulge your curiosity as you jump into the exciting world of STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math!

Visit for information on hours, special events, field trips and summer camps.


Science Mill Fractalarium

Austin Nature & Science Center

Explore the Outdoors!  Located in west Zilker Park, the Austin Nature and Science Center is an outdoor oasis in the middle of the city.  Discover resident wildlife, dig for fossils in the Dino Pit, trade natural treasures in the Naturalist Workshop, hike the Zilker Nature Preserve or sign up for a program.  Indoor and outdoor exhibits teach about the outdoors in Central Texas; participatory programs engage the senses while exploring  the natural world.  Programs for school groups, Nature’s Way Preschool, family adventures, camps and more.

Texas Medical Association History of Medicine Gallery

The History of Medicine Gallery presents rotating exhibits about the history of medicine in Texas and the history of the Texas Medical Association, founded in Austin in 1853. These exhibits feature medical artifacts like early stethoscopes, scarifiers and lancets for bloodletting, and doctors’ medical bags. The permanent collection includes rare early anatomies by Vesalius, Bourgery, and Cloquet; local medical histories; and physician biographies. The archives contain TMA annual session proceedings (1869-present), more than 11,000 files about deceased Texas physicians, vintage photographs, Volumes 1-31 of Transcripts of Texas Medical History (a Joint Project of the TMA and The University of Texas Library Archives 1923-53), and other materials. Researchers and genealogists may schedule visits to the archives by calling 512-370-1552. Exhibit tours are available. Portable exhibits are available to libraries and museums on the history of the Texas Medical Association, Texas hospitals, Texas medical schools, women in Texas medicine, contributions of international medical graduates, responses to false tobacco advertising, history of botanical medicine, and preventing disease through immunization.



The current exhibit on display Sept 2019-Sept 2020:

Playing Doctor: Portrayals of Medicine in Popular Culture Follow the changing perceptions of medicine through the 20th century lens of mass communication, games, and toys.


Thinkery is an evolution of the Austin Children’s Museum, now open. It’s Austin’s sparkling new home for “why” and “how.” A place where science and families play side by side. Where people connect with ideas by doing, making and experiencing. It’s a foundry for a new generation of innovators and creative problem solvers. And it’s a heck of a good time.

Texas Memorial Museum

Texas Memorial Museum is open! Please visit our website to learn about our safety guidelines and registration requirements. 

Texas Memorial Museum works to create awareness, understanding and appreciation of the past, present and future of biological diversity, especially that of the state of Texas. Our mission is to inspire a life-long interest in science.

Texas Memorial Museum is located on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin and is open to the public for self-guided tours.  An audio tour is available via mobile phone or via podcasts that can be downloaded from the museum’s website.  Permanent exhibits include fossils and prehistoric life; gems, minerals and meteorites; and native Texas wildlife.  Spotlighted in the museum are spectacular specimens found in Texas, including the largest flying creature ever found—the Texas Pterosaur, with a wingspan of nearly 40 feet, and a 30-foot mosasaur that swam the shallow sea that once covered most of the state.


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

The University of Texas at Austin Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is the Botanic Garden of Texas. The Center promotes its mission to inspire the conservation of native plants through its internationally recognized sustainable gardens, education and outreach programs, research projects, and consulting work.

The Wildflower Center was founded by Lady Bird Johnson and Helen Hayes as the National Wildflower Research Center in 1982 and later renamed the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in 1997. It is a signature piece of Mrs. Johnson’s environmental legacy and is complementary to the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs on the university’s campus. Originally opened on land in East Austin, the Center moved to its current site on a transition zone between the Edwards Plateau and Texas Blackland Prairies ecoregions in 1995.

Facts and Features:

  • Welcomes more than 200,000 visitors per year
  • Campus is 284 acres and features 9 acres of cultivated gardens
  • Displays nearly 900 species of Texas native plants on site
  • Offers a wealth of learning opportunities for all ages, from weekly preschool activities to adult programming and classes
  • Features a premier gift store and on-site café