Get cultured... For free.
For many of us, the primary deterrent for not going to more museums isn’t that we dislike museums, it’s simply that museums (even though admission might be the price of a taco) is still admission, and we like stuff that is free free free. So, without further ado, here are our favorite museums in Austin (one for every day of the week) for the incredible price of zero dollars.
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300 West 21st Street
An archive, library and museum, the Harry Ransom Center is not to be missed. With a vast collection of artifacts, original manuscripts and an ever-changing array of exhibits, there’s a little something for everyone here. Notably, the Ransom Center is home to the Gutenberg Bible (one of the first ever printed books), as well as one of the first successful and permanent photographs ever taken.
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3809 W. 35th Street
If you’re looking for some zen in a busy week, consider a visit to Laguna Gloria. One of Austin’s most unique and romantic museums, Laguna Gloria is right on the Lake Austin waterfront. Bring a picnic and check out the peacocks next door at Mayfield Park after you’ve walked around the museum grounds.
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304 E 44th Street
Located just a few blocks north of Hyde Park, the Elizabet Ney Museum makes for a relaxing and beautiful lunch break. German sculptor, Elisabet Ney, immigrated to Texas in the mid-1800s, and went on to produce life-sized marble sculptures of legends in Texan history such as Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin. View her work as well as an array of contemporary art in her historic studio and home.
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200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
One of Austin’s best-known museums, the Blanton is home to over 18,000 individual pieces of art ranging from ancient Greek artwork to contemporary American and Latin American art. Additionally, on the third Thursday of every month the museum is open until 9pm with special events all day long.
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1165 Angelina Street
Not only is the George Washington Carver Museum the first African-American neighborhood museum in the state of Texas, the Carver Museum also has a variety of incredible upcoming exhibits ranging from the evolution of Juneteenth to Afro-Punk art. With a huge array of special events such as book launches, performances and music events, the Carver Museum is one in a million.
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2389 Stratford Drive
One of Austin’s hidden gems, the Nature and Science Center is a loosely organized indoor/outdoor museum specifically designed to teach children about nature. Best of all is the native Texas wildlife on view. With a permanent collection of native birds of prey, snakes, and even bobcats, there’s a little something for everyone. This museum is free every day!
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419 Congress Avenue
Another Austin gem, the Mexic-Arte Museum is dedicated to preserving and celebrating both traditional and contemporary Mexican, Latino and Latin American art and culture. From exhibitions about Nacimientos, the traditional Mexican nativity scenes to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, the Mexic-Arte Museum is definitely worth a visit if you’re downtown. It's free on Sunday for families.
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