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Museums in Travis County



Austin Fire Museum


Located in Central Fire Station No. 1


Austin History Center

Local History

Local history collection of the Austin Public Library, features changing exhibits from its collections


Austin Museum of Digital Art


Digital art


Austin Nature and Science Center

Natural History

Located in Zilker Park, hands-on nature exhibits, live animals


Beverly S. Sheffield Education Center

Natural history

Home of the "Splash! Into the Edwards Aquifer" exhibit about Barton Springs[


Big Medium


Visual arts organization with two gallery spaces[


Blanton Museum of Art


Part of the University of Texas at Austin, collection features European paintings, modern and contemporary American and Latin American art, prints and drawings


Briscoe Center for American History


Part of the University of Texas at Austin, exhibits of history from its collections


Bullock Texas State History Museum

Texas history

History of the State of Texas


The Contemporary Austin


Contemporary art, two locations, one in Clara Driscoll’s Laguna Gloria, second in the Jones Center


Dougherty Arts Center


Includes Julia C. Butridge Gallery[


Elisabet Ney Museum


Sculpture by the acclaimed German-born artist Elisabet Ney in her studio and home


Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center


Mexican American cultural arts and heritage, includes two galleries featuring local, regional and national Latino artists


French Legation Museum

Historic house

Private home built in 1841 for the French chargé d'affaires to the Republic of Texas


George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center

African American

African-American history and culture in the United States


Harry Ransom Center


Part of the University of Texas at Austin, permanent exhibits include a Gutenberg Bible, the first photograph, Erle Stanley Gardner's Study, changing exhibits of art, photography and history from its collections


H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports


History of physical culture and sports, part of the University of Texas at Austin


Jacob Fontaine Religious Museum

African American

Located at the Southgate-Lewis House, African American experience in Austin and Travis County


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Art, natural history

Part of the University of Texas at Austin. Botanical garden with changing art exhibits related to native flowers and nature


Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum


Presidential library on the University of Texas campus. LBJ is known for the Civil Rights laws, the War on Poverty efforts, and the escalation in Vietnam


Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording


Collection of sound recording equipment and media, planned museum[

Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata


Changing exhibits of ephemera relating to a theme


Museum of the Weird


Strange and unusual items[


Neill-Cochran House Museum

Historic house

Mid 19th-century Greek Revival mansion


O. Henry Museum


Life and works of author O. Henry, also known as William Sidney Porter


Old Bakery and Emporium


Includes an art gallery exhibiting local artists age 50 and above and houses a museum known as the Lundberg-Maerki Historical Collection


People's Gallery at City Hall


Annual exhibit of works by regional artists


Pioneer Farms


Also known as Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, features five themed, restored historic areas: an 1841 Tonkawa encampment, an 1868 German emigrant farm, an 1873 Texian farm, an 1887 cotton planter’s farm and an 1899 Sprinkle Corner rural village


Pump Project Art Complex


Non-profit art space that provides working studios and gallery facilities to emerging and established artists


Republic of Texas Museum


Operated by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, heritage of The Republic of Texas historic period


South Austin Popular Culture Center


Pop art related to Austin, focusing on the art and ephemera of Austin's live music scene from the 1960s through today.


Susanna Dickinson Museum

Historic house

19th-century home of Battle of the Alamo survivor Susanna Dickinson, also known as Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum


Texas Department of Public Safety Historical Museum and Research Center

Law enforcement

History of the Texas Department of Public Safety, includes uniforms, vehicles, weapons, equipment


Texas Governor’s Mansion

Historic house

Mid 19th-century mansion, home of every governor since 1856


Texas Medical Association History of Medicine Gallery


Changing exhibits about the history of medicine in Texas and the history of the Texas Medical Association


Texas Memorial Museum

Natural history

Part of the University of Texas at Austin, exhibits dinosaurs, fossils, gems, rocks, minerals, Texas wildlife, evolution and biodiversity


Texas Military Forces Museum


Located at Camp Mabry, history of Texas' militia, volunteer forces and National Guard from 1823 to the present


Texas Music Museum


Contributions of Texas musicians to the musical heritage of the nation and the world


Texas State Capitol Visitors Center

Texas history

Exhibits about state history, tours of the Texas State Capitol


The Thinkery



Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum


Sculpture by 20th century American sculptor Charles Umlauf and other contemporary sculptors


Visual Arts Center


Includes 5 galleries, part of the Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts, University of Texas at Austin


Women and Their Work


Gallery for women artists




Mexic-Arte Museum


Traditional and contemporary Mexican and Latino art




Anderson Mill and Robinson Museum

Local History

Operated by the Anderson Mill Gardeners, working replica water-powered grist mill

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