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Five Austin Museums To Visit This Holiday Season

The holidays are a fun and crazy time and a lot of us breathe a sigh of relief when they pass and life can return to normal. Friends and family only add to the occasion (both in enjoyment and madness) and planning is key. The week ahead may be when you return to work, travel or fall into a bit of a lull. If you are with loved ones, however, this might mean finding activities to explore or introduce to out-of-towners. While there is always something to do in Austin, try a trip to these five local museums and immerse yourself in art, culture or science.

1. The Blanton Museum of Art

Sacred Moon from the El Anatsui exhibit (Photo Credit: Jack Shainman Gallery)

Located on the University of Texas campus, the Blanton can easily be combined with the Bob Bullock (see below) for a full-day museum going experience. There are four major exhibitions currently showing: Storied Past: Four Centuries of French Drawings, El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa, Paul Villinski: Passage and Go West! Representations of the American Frontier in addition to the standard collections displayed year-round. Although the museum is closed Monday, Tuesday the 27th will be “Holiday Family Day” which will include a tour of El Anatsui, games, and an art activity.

WHERE:
200 East Martin Luther King Blvd (MLK at Congress)
Austin, Texas 78701

HOURS OF OPERATION (Holiday):
December 26, January 1 and 2: Museum, Shop, and Café Closed
December 27 through 30: Museum and Shop 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, December 31: Museum and Shop 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

ADMISSION:
Free on Thursdays
Adults: $9
Children 12 and Under: Free
For full pricing and standard hours, click here.

2. Mexic-Arte Museum

Founded in 1984, the Mexic-Arte Museum is the official Mexican and Mexican American Fine Art Museum of Texas. In

Art from 2010 Mix 'n' Mash (Photo Credit: mexic-artemuseum.org)

addition to hosting and sponsoring a number of events, they have both standing and traveling exhibitions. The permanent collection consists of nearly 1500 works art acquired over the past 30 years. Now through January 3rd, you can also visit for the 3rd Annual Mix ‘n’ Mash Exhibit and Art Sale. This fundraiser shows the original work of over 100 artists each of which is also for sale and profits benefit the museum.

WHERE:
419 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701

HOURS OF OPERATION (Standard):
Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

ADMISSION:
Free during December.

3. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Photo Credit: thestoryoftexas.com

This history museum focuses on the history of the Lone Star State and its people. It is broken down into three floors, the first entitled “LAND,” the second “IDENTITY,” and the third “OPPORTUNITY.” Each exhibit is an interactive experience which includes sights, sounds and smells to go along with educative descriptions. It starts with the Native Americans of Texas and their encounters with Europeans and follows to the present day. The second floor is an exploration of Texas’ independence and the final the occupations and interests of Texans, everything from ranching to oil to medicine. There is also an IMAX theater inside the museum which shows both educational and feature films.

WHERE:
1800 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701-1342

HOURS OF OPERATION (Standard):
Closed New Years Day
Monday through Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

ADMISSION:
Adults: $9
Youth: 4-17 $5
Click here for combined admission pricing.

4. Texas Memorial Museum

This UT science learning center meets natural history museum can be fun for the

Texas Pterosaur (Photo Credit: utexas.edu/tmm)

whole family. The museum covers everything from dinosaurs to modern Texas wildlife to minerals and gems. The great hall even has the skeleton of the largest flying animal ever found (everything’s bigger in Texas). If winged animals piques your interest take a look at their exhibit “Winged Wonders” which shows the most fascinating aspects of insects. In the “Paleo Lab”, scientists can answer questions and kids can discover and learn about fossils in their own yard.

WHERE:
2400 Trinity St.
Austin, Texas 78705

HOURS OF OPERATION (Standard):
Closed New Years Eve and Day
Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

ADMISSION:
Free

5. Austin Children’s Museum

Photo Credit: austinkids.org

Last but not least, a museum designed to combine play and learning for Children (and adults too). Currently, they have a feature exhibit, “Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice” and other enjoyable permanent fixtures. These include “Global City” which allows young minds to discover how big cities really work and “Rising Star Ranch” designed for children under two (and their families). They also have tours and workshops for children of different ages to learn more about the collections or even build their own masterpieces. This fun family-friendly museum is a great experience for those with kids in tow this season.

WHERE:
201 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701

HOURS OF OPERATION (Holiday):
December 26th: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday Nights: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., admission by donation
Closed New Years Day
January 2nd: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

ADMISSION:
Adults: $6.50
Children 2 yrs. old and older: $6.50
12-23 months: $4.50, under 12 months FREE

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