Austin History Center
As the local history collection of the Austin
Public Library, the Austin History Center
provides the public with information about
the history, current events and activities of
Austin and Travis County. It collects and
preserves information about local governments, businesses, residents, institutions
and neighborhoods so that generations to
come will have access to our history.
Austin Nature and Science Center
301 Nature Center Drive
Located in the Zilker Park Nature
Preserve, the center is often the first opportunity for urban Austinites to see their
wild neighbors up close and personal.
The Birds of Prey exhibit shows injured
hawks, vultures, and owls that are slowly
being nursed back to health, while smaller
animals are on view in the Small Wonders
exhibition. Children are encouraged to
participate as “Eco Detectives” and try
a variety of different hands-on activities
throughout the center.
The Blanton Museum of Art at
The University of Texas at Austin
Congress Ave. and MLK Jr. Blvd.
With a permanent collection of more than
17,000 pieces that represent the best of
20th century American art, contemporary
Latin American art, prints, and drawings,
with some Renaissance and Baroque
pieces thrown in for good measure, it’s
easy to see why this museum is considered
one of the five top university art museums.
Formerly known as the Archer H.
Huntington Art Gallery, the museum was
renamed when this Houston financial
heavyweight made a significant contri-
bution to create a new museum space.
Previously housed at the Harry Ransom
Center on campus, visitors can now see the
total collection since the Blanton Museum
of Art facility opened in 2006. The new
facility serves multiple audiences, offering
a wide range of special exhibitions and
public programs while developing teaching,
research and educational initiatives in addition to its permanent collection.
The Bob Bullock Texas State
1800 North Congress Avenue
Nestled between the Capitol Complex
and The University of Texas at Austin,
this museum is impressively large – but
then, what else would do when it comes to
telling the story of Texas? Museum pieces
alternate between the somberly factual
(cannons and old uniforms) to the refreshingly whimsical (a rhinestone-studded
Cadillac) to the out-and-out amazing (an
actual spacesuit from an Apollo mission)!
State of the art media, including an IMAX
theatre, make Texas history come alive.
The Contemporary Austin –
700 West Congress Avenue
Formerly known as the Austin Museum
of Art - Arthouse at the Jones Center,
The Contemporary Austin, renamed in
2013, creates meaningful opportunities to
investigate and experience the art of our
times through exhibitions, programs, and
commissions of new work. In the heart
of downtown Austin, the award-win-
ning building renovations in 2010 make
for a very impressive gallery, complete
with offices, studios, meeting rooms, and
a special rooftop deck that hosts outdoor
film screenings, music performances, as
well as special events and weddings.
The Contemporary Austin –
3809 West 35th Street
The foresighted Clara Driscoll, who
saved San Antonio’s Alamo from destruction, also deeded her estate to the Texas
Fine Arts Commission. It seems fitting,
then, that this beautiful 1915 Mediter-ranean-style villa and grounds would
become home to the Austin Museum of
Art in 1961 and an art school. Renamed
in 2013, The Contemporary - Laguna
Gloria continues to offer the Art School,
as well as community art education, small
exhibits of art, and features a new sculpture garden, opening in May 2014. The
beautiful natural setting is ideal for music,
art, weddings and many special events
throughout the year. This non-traditional
museum is totally worth a visit.
Dougherty Arts Center
1110 Barton Springs Road
Another fine example of Austin’s ability
to retrofit an art space out of the most
unlikely of locations, the Dougherty originally was the site of a Naval and Marine
Reserve base. Now a full-on city-sponsored
home for visual and performing arts, the
Dougherty boasts an art gallery, theater, and
studio-lab, although the center is best known
for the wide variety of arts classes offered to
Austinites, including music, dance, painting,
photography, and many more.
Elizabet Ney Museum
304 E. 44th Street
Built in 1892, this was the home/retreat/
studio of sculptor Elizabet Ney. Christened