Austin Arts Scene: What Will You Find Here?
This city is known for many things and art is one of them. The Austin art scene provides all types of museums, collections, exhibitions and more. Whether you want to see the newest creations or historic art, you can find it in Austin.
The Blanton Museum of Art: 200 East Martin Luther King Boulevard
This museum is at the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. It's one of the finest Austin art galleries and houses a large collection of more than 18,000 works. The Blanton features European paintings, Latin American art, contemporary American pieces and more.
If you want to visit the Blanton, you can become a member or pay $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students and $5 for youth. The museum is open from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday through Friday, from 11am to 5pm Saturday and from 1pm to 5pm on Sundays.
Harry Ransom Center: 300 West 21st Street
Another great place for art, the Harry Ransom Center has one of the Gutenberg Bibles, over 30 million manuscripts and the first photograph on display. They even have a large "Gone with the Wind" collection. The center is open from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 10am to 7pm on Thursdays and from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
The Contemporary Austin, Jones Center: 700 Congress Ave
The Arthouse was created to promote and appreciate contemporary art in Texas. It provides plenty of programs and exhibitions with all types of contemporary art. The Arthouse is open from 11am to 7pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 11am to 9pm on Thursdays, from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays and from 1pm to 5pm on Sundays.
George Washington Carver Museum: 1165 Angelina Street
The museum for African-American art is the George Washington Carver Museum. It provides four galleries with a dance studio, theater and a museum store. Austin museums are worth checking out and this one is a highlight. Open from 9:30am to 8p on Tuesday and Thursday and from 9:30am to 6pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Other places for art in Austin include:
- Mexic-Arte Museum - 419 Congress Avenue
- Bullock Texas State History Museum - 1800 North Congress Avenue
- Cathedral of Junk - 4422 Lareina Drive
- Art on 5th - 3005 South Lamar Boulevard
- ArtWorks - 1214 West Sixth Street, Suite 105
There are plenty of great spots for checking out the Austin arts scene throughout the city. Whether you prefer smaller Austin art galleries or sprawling museums, you will find plenty of options here for afternoon exploring.