Austin Museum Day! Free Museums!

Photo courtesy of Dave Wilson Photography via Flickr

Photo courtesy of Dave Wilson Photography via Flickr

This sunday September 21st is one of Austin’s most wonderful yearly events – Austin Museum Day!

It’s a day when many, more than 35 Austin museums are open and free for the public all day long, most having special activities and events for people of all ages.  Its glorious!

Go to the exhibit you’ve been dying to see.  Visit a museum or historic building you’ve never heard of,  finally go to the place you’ve always wanted to go to, you know the one you drive by and say “we HAVE to go there one day”….

Some highlights in my opinion:

Blanton Museum of Art – the last day for the In the Company of Cats & Dogs exhibit – I’ve seen it and it’s delightful.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – so beautiful and great for the little kids,  embark on a scaverngar hunt or enjoy giant tic-tac-toe, bubbles & hula hoops on the lawn

Elisabet Ney museum – this is one of those places I’ve always wanted to go! they are having Portraiture in the Park! Geta free caricature, make a cyanotype portrait, create masks of your friends and family, have a portrait bust made of you in their photo booth, write word portraits, watch stone portrait carving, even a desert food truck for the sustenance you will need for the long day!

Mexic-Arte Museum – one of my faves – they have their Dia de los Muertos exhibit on display

The Neil-Cochran House – They will have historical re-enactors to provide a glimpse into what life was like from the 1860s-1900s. There will be an old-fashioned lemonade stand in the garden and lawn games out front

The Texas Music Muesum – of course!  A great glimpse into the history of Texas music to present day

The Harry Ransom Center – this has the amazing Making of Gone With The Wind exhibit!

Really there are so so much more – you can see the schedule and even create your own itenirary on the website here:


Leave a comment below and tell me which Museums you are planning to go to!


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