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Blanton Museum of Art

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Congress Ave. Map It
  • University of Texas Area

Published 10/27/2015

Fodor's Review

Formerly the Huntington Art Gallery, this is among the largest university art museums in the United States. Although it's home to a teaching school—this is a center for research and training in conservation studies and visual arts—the Blanton avoids the stifling tendencies of academe, frequently mounting daring special exhibitions. In addition to European holdings rich in Renaissance and baroque works (many by Tiepolo, Poussin, Veronese, Rubens, and Correggio), the museum has a superior sampling of 20th- and early-21st-century American art, with an emphasis on abstract painting. Prints and drawings span the ages, from Albrecht Dürer to Jasper Johns, and the collection of modernist and contemporary Latin-American art is one of the country's largest, encompassing 1,600 works in various mediums. The Blanton is housed in the stunning Mari and James A. Michener Gallery Building, and the adjacent Edgar A. Smith Building adds to the complex with an auditorium, event spaces, classrooms, a museum shop, and a café.

Sight Information

Address:

Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Congress Ave., Austin, Texas, 78701, United States

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Phone:

512-471–7324

Sight Details:

  • $9 (free Thurs.)
  • Tues.–Thurs. 10–5, Fri. 11–5, Sun. 1–5

Published 10/27/2015

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