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  • 1. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The 38th Lieutenant Governor of Texas, Bob Bullock—a potent political force in his day—lobbied hard to establish a museum of state history during...Read More

  • 2. Blanton Museum of Art

    University of Texas Area | Museum/Gallery

    Formerly the Huntington Art Gallery, this is among the largest university art museums in the United States. Although it's home to a teaching...Read More

  • 3. Elisabet Ney Museum

    Hyde Park | Museum/Gallery

    The 19th century lives on at this delightfully eccentric museum, where German Romanticism meets the Texas frontier. The 70-plus sculptures and...Read More

  • 4. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

    Museum/Gallery

    This stunning architectural site is just off of the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, overlooking the river. Dedicated to celebrating notable...Read More

  • 5. Fire Department History Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Next door to the O. Henry Museum and the Susanna Dickinson Museum, this truly spectacular gem is housed in Central Fire Station No. 1, Austin...Read More

  • 6. Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    As war stories go, the most defining for Texas is, of course, the Alamo. And although Davy Crockett, William Travis, and James Bowie are often...Read More

  • 7. Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

    University of Texas Area | Library/Archive

    The artifacts and voluminous documents on exhibit here provide some insight into the 36th president's mind and motivations, and though his foibles...Read More

  • 8. O. Henry Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Writer William Sydney Porter, better known as O. Henry, rented this modest cottage from 1893 to 1895. Moved a few blocks from its original location...Read More

  • 9. Republic of Texas Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This organization, which also oversees the Alamo in San Antonio, maintains a collection of artifacts from the Republic of Texas era (1836–46...Read More

  • 10. Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery

    Clarksville | Museum/Gallery

    With a collection more akin to a first class art museum than a commercial gallery, the Russell has a longstanding reputation for being the go...Read More

  • 11. Texas Memorial Museum

    University of Texas Area | Museum/Gallery

    French architect Paul Cret's 1936 plans for the Texas Memorial Museum called for north and south wings to extend from a central building, a...Read More

  • 12. Texas Military Forces Museum

    West Austin | Museum/Gallery

    Here you’ll find exhibits dedicated to and preserving the history of everything from the inception of the Texas Militia to the modern war on...Read More

  • 13. The Contemporary Austin–Jones Center

    Museum/Gallery

    The Contemporary Austin, as it's known, doesn't have a huge amount of space at either its downtown location or at the gorgeous 1916 Italianate...Read More

  • 14. The Contemporary Austin–Laguna Gloria

    West Austin | Museum/Gallery

    Set on a lush Lake Austin peninsula, this 1915 Mediterranean-style villa was once home to Clara Driscoll Sevier, who led the fight to save the...Read More

  • 15. The MEXIC-ARTE Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Founded in 1984, this museum is a beguiling, moderate-size museum devoted to traditional and contemporary Mexican and Latino art. The permanent...Read More

  • 16. The Thinkery

    East Austin | Museum/Gallery

    In 2013, the former Austin Children's Museum moved into a new building and evolved into The Thinkery, where kids (and kids at heart) will find...Read More

  • 17. Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum

    Zilker Park | Garden/Arboretum

    This pleasant space at the south end of Zilker Park houses 53 of Charles Umlauf's sculptures in the house where he lived and worked. Umlauf...Read More

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