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The Austin Museum Partnership is proud to present Austin Museum Day—a free community-wide rediscovery of the Austin-area’s museums and cultural organizations. Take the entire family out on the town to enjoy local exhibits and activities at more than 35 participating institutions! All participating institutions are open for free.

La Asociación de Museos de Austin orgullosamente presenta Día Anual del Museo de Austin—un redescubrimiento gratuito de los museos de Austin para toda la comunidad. ¡Haz clic o elige una de las siguientes categorías para empezar a explorar!

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Sunday, September 21
 

8:00am PDT

Texas Historical Commission
Participate in the Austin Museum Day Instagram contest for a chance to win great prizes. The contest is open 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Sunday, September 21.
To play:
1. Follow @TxHistComm and @austinmuseums on Instagram (link below)
2. Take a photograph at one of the participating Austin Museum Day institutions
3. Post it to your Instagram (make sure your profile is public!)
4. Tag the participating institution and #museumday2014
Multiple submissions are allowed. Contest closes at 9 p.m. on Sunday, September 21; submissions posted after 9 p.m. will not be included.

A total of 3 winners – 1st through 3rd places—will be selected by a panel of judges that include staff from Texas Historical Commission and Austin Museum Partnership. Prizes to be announced.

Winners will be announced the week following the contest.

Sunday September 21, 2014 8:00am - 9:00pm PDT
Texas Historical Commission 1511 Colorado St., Austin, TX 78701

9:00am PDT

Save Austin's Cemeteries
Meet historic Austin residents and hear their fascinating stories at Oakwood Cemetery which dates to 1839. Save Austin’s Cemeteries volunteers will conduct tours at 9 am, 10 am, and 11 am and answer questions. Come and learn how Oakwood preserves the living history of our community.

Sunday September 21, 2014 9:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Oakwood Cemetery 1601 Navasota St., Austin, TX 78702

9:00am PDT

LBJ Presidential Library and Museum
Experience the 1960s at the LBJ Library’s exhibit Sixty from the’60s, featuring 60 icons of that era. See original lyrics written by Bob Dylan, a Telstar satellite, a dress worn by Jacqueline Kennedy, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s communications headset, a boxing glove worn and signed by Muhammad Ali, and an original Peanuts comic strip – just to name a few items. Special activities and refreshments from 2-4 p.m., including free gelato for each visitor. Details: www.lbjlibrary.org

Sunday September 21, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm PDT
LBJ Presidential Library and Museum 2313 Red River St., Austin, TX 78705

9:00am PDT

Lady Bird Johnson Widlflower Center
Come enjoy Austin Museum Day at the center. The new Luci and Ian Family Garden is now open. Discover nature art, hear a story, and go on a scavenger hunt. Enjoy a BIG Tic-Tac-Toe game along with bubbles and Hula Hoops in the play lawn. Come on out and play!

Sunday September 21, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm PDT
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX 78739

10:00am PDT

2nd Street Public Art Crawl with Art in Public Places
Discover new public art downtown! The crawl starts at City Hall and showcases new artworks along 2nd Street from the Art in Public Places collection. Meet on the southwest side of City Hall Plaza at 10 am for a guided walking tour or download the map and take a self-guided stroll.

Sunday September 21, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
2nd Street Public Art Crawl 301 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701
  Art

10:00am PDT

Humanities Texas
Come tour the historic Byrne-Reed House, learn about Humanities Texas public programs, and view our traveling exhibition, Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy, created by the Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library, Texas State University.

Sunday September 21, 2014 10:00am - 3:00pm PDT
Byrne-Reed House 1410 Rio Grande St., Austin, TX 78701

10:00am PDT

Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum
Join us for 5 different family fun sculpture events:
1.) Margo Sawyer's career-spanning exhibition, REFLECT; 2.) 2014 UMLAUF Prize winner's Adam Crosson's industrial-inspired installations; 3.) Our permanent collection of 50 Charles Umlauf bronze & cast stone sculptures; 4.) Sculptfest with the Texas Society of Sculptors booths & demonstrations

Sunday September 21, 2014 10:00am - 4:00pm PDT
Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum 605 Robert E Lee Rd, Austin, TX 78704

10:00am PDT

German-Texan Heritage Society
Guided tours of German Free School building constructed by hand labor in 1857, First Austin school chartered by Texas Legislature, forerunner to public education, Viewing of German-Texan historical displays and films, Character actor portrayal of Joseph Hannig, husband of Alamo survivor Susanna Dickinson

Sunday September 21, 2014 10:00am - 4:00pm PDT
German-Texan Heritage Society 507 E.10th St., Austin, TX 78701

10:00am PDT

Texas Military Forces Museum
From the Alamo to Afghanistan, the Texas Military Forces Museum tells the story of Texas forces from 1823 to the present day. Our exhibits showcase artifacts, weapons, vehicles, uniforms and equipment including a running Sherman tank. For Austin Museum Day we will have specialists on hand who will demonstrate leather working, Vietnam era weapons, Civil War uniforms and equipment and a plastic model activity.

Sunday September 21, 2014 10:00am - 4:00pm PDT
Texas Military Forces Museum 2200 W.35th St., Austin, TX 78703

10:00am PDT

Pump Project
Come explore the fantastical landscape created by local contemporary artists Emily Cayton and Andrea Hyland. Pump Project's current exhibition, "landSCOPING" is an installation that plays with both scale and perspective to create a new and immersive environment that invites discovery.

Sunday September 21, 2014 10:00am - 5:00pm PDT
Pump Project 702 Shady Ln., Austin, TX 78702

10:00am PDT

Women and Their Work
The 19th Annual Red Dot Art Spree features over 200 artists from Texas and beyond. This inclusive exhibition has something for everyone. We’ve got abstractions, portraits, still lives, street art, photographs, prints, drawings and sculpture. For families who visit on Austin Museum Day we’ll have a special game of ‘I SPY”.

Sunday September 21, 2014 10:00am - 5:00pm PDT
Women and Their Work 1710 Lavaca St., Austin TX 78701

10:00am PDT

Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
TRUE TEXAS HISTORY: Explore the early days of the Lone Star State at Central Texas' premier living-history park and museum with new exhibits and displays, historical reenactments and family fun. Longhorn cattle on the Chisholm Trail. Original Austin carriages from the 1800s.A must-see Tonkawa Indian exhibit. Artisans, food, much more.

Sunday September 21, 2014 10:00am - 5:00pm PDT
Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr., Austin, TX 78754
  History

10:00am PDT

Thinkery
Join us for our first Austin Museum Day at the Thinkery! Come explore
our exhibit galleries focused on science, technology, engineering, arts
and math (STEAM). We’ll also have special activities all day in
Innovators’ Workshop, Spark Shop, & Kitchen Lab.

Sunday September 21, 2014 10:00am - 5:00pm PDT
The Thinkery 1830 Simond Ave., Austin, TX 78723

11:00am PDT

Landmarks
Join Landmarks for an hour-long, docent-led walking tour of a selection of modern and contemporary works in the public art collection on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. All are welcome to attend. Tours start at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm at the Joel Perlman sculpture, Square Tilt, at the entrance to the Perry-Castañeda Library at 21st and Speedway.

Sunday September 21, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Entrance to the Perry-Castaneda Library 21st and Speedway, Austin, TX 78705

12:00pm PDT

Texas Capitol
The Texas Capitol features free guided tours of the statehouse throughout the afternoon. In addition, at 12:30 you can participate in the Women in Texas History Tour and hear the stories of trailblazing Texans whose stories are connected to the Capitol. At 2:30 join the Heroes of the Texas Revolution Tour and discover who helped Texas achieve independence.

Sunday September 21, 2014 12:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Texas Capitol 1100 N. Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701

12:00pm PDT

The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center
Join us on the shaded Roof Deck for a collaborative art activity, refreshments from a pop-up food vendor, and a great city view. Then cool off in the galleries with the brand new Do Ho Suh exhibition and a family film from the international Children’s Film Festival in the Community Room.

Sunday September 21, 2014 12:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
The Jones Center 700 Congress Avenue, Austin, TEXAS 78701

12:00pm PDT

The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria
Hear a variety of instruments played, inspired by the shapes of the art on view, each hour. Take part in a collaborative activity related to our newest sculpture by Do Ho Suh, check out faculty demonstrations in our studios, and get a treat at a food truck during this family-friendly event!

Sunday September 21, 2014 12:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Laguna Gloria 3809 W. 35th St., Austin, TX 78703

12:00pm PDT

Republic of Texas Museum
Come visit the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Museum to experience life and culture during the Republic of Texas era 1836-1846. Children’s hands on activities, Diorama Displays, Republic of Texas Artifacts, and Artwork just to name a few items you will find at the Museum. Gift shop items are also available.

Sunday September 21, 2014 12:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Republic of Texas Museum 510 East Anderson Lane Austin, TX 78752
  History
  • Phone (512) 339-1997

12:00pm PDT

Texas Department of Public Safety Historical Museum
Alert, Search, Rescue, Identification: Your Protection, Our Mission! Learn
about the Four Alerts and how DPS locates, rescues, and identifies
missing persons. Interact with Forensic Artists, crime lab scientists,
law enforcement officers, communications officers and emergency
managers. See current and retired DPS vehicles, police dogs and the new
mounted patrol. Live presentations! Informational scavenger hunt!

Sunday September 21, 2014 12:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
The Museum of the Texas Deparment of Public Safety 5805 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78752
  History
  • Phone (512) 424-2396

12:00pm PDT

Austin Nature & Science Center
Check out all kinds of bugs under a microscope, meet a hissing cockroach, and learn
from entomologists (insect experts). Cheer for your favorite bug in the pillbug
races!

Sunday September 21, 2014 12:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Austin Nature & Science Center 301 Nature Center Drive, Austin TX 78746

12:00pm PDT

Elisabet Ney Museum

The historic Elisabet Ney Museum will host Portraiture in the Park! Noon till 5 on Sunday September 21.Come get a free caricature, make a cyanotype portrait, create masks of your friends and family, have a portrait bust made of you in our photo booth, write word portraits, watch stone portrait carving, and much more.  
Feel free to picnic. Food and dessert trucks will be on site.

Sunday September 21, 2014 12:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Elisabet Ney Museum 304 E. 44th St., Austin, TX 78751

12:00pm PDT

Mexic-Arte Museum
Join us for a bilingual tour, followed by all ages activities. On display is our Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) exhibition, and visitors may view a curated selection of altars made by members of the community. Learn about significance of Dia de los Muertos. Get excited with for our Viva la Vida Festival, and our annual Dia de los Muertos Parade, on October 18th.

Sunday September 21, 2014 12:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Mexic-Arte Museum 419 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

12:00pm PDT

Visual Arts Center
The Visual Arts Center invites you to join us in celebrating Austin Museum Day and the opening of our fall exhibitions! Come prepared to explore the geography and geology inspired artworks of David Brooks by traveling back in time and space to unseen depths of the earth. Other exciting exhibition-related family activities will take place in our upstairs interactive gallery space, Fieldwork.

Sunday September 21, 2014 12:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Visual Arts Center 2300 Trinity St., Austin, TX 78712

12:00pm PDT

Harry Ransom Center
Visit "The Making of Gone With The Wind" to discover surprising stories about the making of this quintessential film from Hollywood's Golden Age and learn why it remains influential and controversial 75 years after it was released. The exhibition will include over 300 original items from the Selznick archive housed at the Ransom Center including behind-the-scenes photographs, costumes, storyboards, correspondence, production records, audition footage, and fan mail. Free public tours today at noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm.

Sunday September 21, 2014 12:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Harry Ransom Center 21st and Guadalupe Streets, Austin, TX 78705

12:00pm PDT

Mexican American Cultural Center
See two gallery spaces, which feature local, regional, and national Latino artists. In the Coronado Gallery, we’ll have Aliento Tequila / Photographs by Joel Salcido. In the Community Gallery, we’ll have works by George Necer. Tours are available on request.

Sunday September 21, 2014 12:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Mexican American Cultural Center \" 600 River St., Austin, TX 78701\"

12:00pm PDT

Bullock Texas State History Museum
Did you know that Texas has an official state vegetable and an official state flying mammal? At the Bullock Museum, discover the wide variety of symbols that represent the state with hands-on activities perfect for ages 5 and up, art making, performances, and more! Visit www.TheStoryofTexas.com for details.

Sunday September 21, 2014 12:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Bullock Texas State History Museum 1800 N Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

12:00pm PDT

Capitol Visitors Center
Ever wanted to see what the Capitol used to look like? Texas Archive of the Moving image will be showcasing footage of the Capitol from their collection, including imagery dating back to the silent film era.

Sunday September 21, 2014 12:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Capitol Visitors Center 112 E. 11th, Austin, TX 78701

12:00pm PDT

Neill-Cochran House
Step into history! Historical re-enactors will interact with guests as they tour the museum to provide a glimpse into what life was like from the 1860s-1900s. Admire the life and work of Abner Cook, master builder of the Neill-Cochran House, displayed in our new exhibition. There will be an old-fashioned lemonade stand in the garden and lawn games out front!

Sunday September 21, 2014 12:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Neill-Cochran House 2310 San Gabriel St., Austin, TX 78705

12:00pm PDT

O. Henry & Susanna Dickinson Museums at Brush Square
Catch the final days of the exhibit “As Others See Us: O. Henry’s Unpublished Manuscript.” Preview two forthcoming exhibits: an oral history project exploring the different ethnicities comprising Austin and a celebration of the 200th birthday of Susanna Dickinson, featuring the Come and Take It Cannon. Enjoy free tacos shot from the taco cannon and two sets of live music from the Austin Banjo Club.

Sunday September 21, 2014 12:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Brush Square 409 E. 5th St., Austin, TX 78701

12:00pm PDT

Austin History Center
Enjoy our two exhibits: “Backwards in High Heels: Getting Women Elected, 1842-1990” in the main exhibit hall and the LAST DAY for “Latinas in the Shadow of the Live Music Capital of the World” in the Holt Photo Gallery. Join us at 2:00 pm for a presentation by local author Debra Winegarten about Oveta Culp Hobby and a discussion about women in politics.

Sunday September 21, 2014 12:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Austin History Center 810 Guadalupe St, Austin TX 78701

1:00pm PDT

Landmarks
Join Landmarks for an hour-long, docent-led walking tour of a selection of modern and contemporary works in the public art collection on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. All are welcome to attend. Tours start at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm at the Joel Perlman sculpture, Square Tilt, at the entrance to the Perry-Castañeda Library at 21st and Speedway.

Sunday September 21, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Entrance to the Perry-Castaneda Library 21st and Speedway, Austin, TX 78705

1:00pm PDT

Blanton Museum of Art
It’s raining cats and dogs at the Blanton Museum of Art! View the special exhibition In The Company of Cats and Dogs to see how artists have created images of these furry companions for ages, spanning from ancient Egypt to the present. Participate in special art-making and looking activities designed to spark your creativity. Admissions and all activities are free.

Sunday September 21, 2014 1:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Blanton Museum of Art 200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm PDT

Austin Tour Guide Association - Brush Square
Free twenty-minute walking tours, starting at Brush Square on 5th Street.

Sunday September 21, 2014 1:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Brush Square 409 E. 5th St., Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm PDT

Austin Tour Guide Association - Texas Capitol
Free twenty-minute walking tours, starting at Congress Avenue at 11th Street across from the Capitol.

Sunday September 21, 2014 1:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Texas Capitol 1100 N. Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm PDT

George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center
The Carver Museum and Cultural Center and the Carver Genealogy Center invite you to a “FAMILY AFFAIR.” Learn and share about your family, my family and their family.  We will be recording oral histories, helping start family trees and listening to stories from Austin family members. Come share your family with us at the Carver!

Sunday September 21, 2014 1:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center 1165 Angelina St., Austin, TX 78702

1:00pm PDT

Texas Medical Association History of Medicine Gallery
Your only chance on a weekend to see the popular Bugs, Bones, and Blood exhibit on the history of forensic medicine. The deadly Texas City Disaster of 1947, response by Dallas’ Parkland Hospital physicians during the 1963 JFK tragedy, blood and DNA analysis, and forensics in fiction are among highlights.

Sunday September 21, 2014 1:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Texas Medical Association History of Medicine Gallery 401 W. 15th St., Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm PDT

The Williamson Museum
From early pioneer families to modern artisans, citizens have created textiles for everything from everyday use to decoration. Work your very own loom and weave a piece to take home as the Williamson Museum celebrates Fiber Arts Council Month in Austin. Explore textiles from past and present in Form Follows Function: Artisans of Williamson County, where you can also create kitchen band music and design your own brand. Discover the stories of Williamson County today!

Sunday September 21, 2014 1:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
The Williamson Museum 716 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown, TX 78626

1:00pm PDT

Sheffield Education Center
Explore the new Year of the Salamander exhibit, including the unveiling of the
Salamander Springs aquarium! Investigate demos of everyday activities that
affect native salamander populations and identify what you can do around your
home and garden to make a positive impact on their health.

Sunday September 21, 2014 1:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Sheffield Education Center 2201 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78746
  Science
  • Phone (512) 481-1466

1:00pm PDT

French Legation Museum
Bring a picnic and enjoy games on the lawn at the historic French Legation Museum. Take a free tour of the oldest existing home in Austin, built in 1841 by the French chargé d'affaires to the Republic of Texas. Then try your luck at Marbles and, perhaps, Pétanque.

Sunday September 21, 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
French Legation Museum 802 San Marcos St., Austin, TX 78702

1:00pm PDT

Texas Music Museum
Celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Texas Music Museum with guided tours and music of three extensive exhibits: East Austin’s African American musicians (front gallery) and Austin’s amazing Mexican American musicians (back gallery). Enjoy the current feature exhibit Texas Music from 1930s to present (rock/pop/country/blues/jazz/and more) in the main gallery.

Sunday September 21, 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Texas Music Museum 1004 East 11th St., Austin, TX 78702