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  • 1. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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