Museum in Austin

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

This is no dusty old historical museum. Big, glitzy and still relatively new, it shows off the Lone Star State's history, all the way from when it used to be part of Mexico up to the present, with high-tech interact…
Bridge in Austin

Bat Colony Under Congress Ave Bridge

Every year up to 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats make their home upon a platform beneath the Congress Ave Bridge. It's become an Austin tradition to sit on the grassy banks and watch as the bats swarm out to fe…
Historic Building in Austin

Texas State Capitol

Built in 1888 from sunset-red granite, this state capitol is the largest in the US, backing up the ubiquitous claim that everything is bigger in Texas. If nothing else, take a peek at the lovely rotunda and try out …
Museum in Austin


The lovechild of the Austin Museum of Art and the Arthouse has a cool new downtown space and a freshly hyphenated name. AMOA-Arthouse focuses on rotating exhibits representing fresh new voices – both in its main gal…
Museum in Austin

Mexic-Arte Museum

This wonderful, eclectic downtown museum features works from Mexican and Mexican American artists in exhibitions that rotate every two months. The museum's holdings include carved wooden masks, modern Latin American…
Gardens in Austin

Zilker Botanical Garden

These lush gardens cover 31 acres on the south bank of the Colorado River, with displays including natural grottoes, a Japanese garden and a fragrant herb garden.
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Umlauf Sculpture Garden

If the weather's just too perfect to be inside a climate-controlled building, stroll the open-air Umlauf Sculpture Garden, located near Zilker Park. Within the sculpture garden and the indoor museum, there are more …
Museum in Austin

Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) Library & Museum

A major renovation has brought the museum into the new millennium with interactive exhibits and audiovisual displays. Fortunately, they didn't lose the hokey, animatronic LBJ that regales visitors with the president…
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Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

The fascinating Ransom Center is a major repository of historic manuscripts, photography, books, film, TV, music and more. Highlights include a complete copy of the Gutenberg Bible (one of only five in the USA) and …
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Blanton Museum of Art

A big university with a big endowment is bound to have a big art collection, and now, finally, it has a suitable building to show it off properly. With one of the best university art collections in the USA, the Blan…