Austin January 10, 2019
8 Little Known Museums In Austin Where Admission Is Free
Craving a little culture? These Austin attractions will dazzle you with fascinating history and exquisite art. And the best part? They’re absolutely free! Whether you’re looking for a family outing or solo adventure, these local places are sure to inspire. Take a look at these eight little known museums in Austin where admission is free.
1. Harry Ransom Center
This free museums sits in the heart of the University of Texas Campus, and it's full of amazing artifacts. Here, you can gape at one of 21 complete Gutenberg Bibles, see the first photograph ever taken, and stare at a Frida Kahlo masterpiece. The museum recently acquired The Arthur Miller collection, so you can even see first drafts of his monumental plays. The Harry Ransom Center is a must-visit. Head over to 300 W 21st Street and experience the excitement.
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2. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
At the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, you'll see breathtaking works of art from the most prominent Latinx artists. You could spend hours staring at the stunning pieces. Venture over to 600 River Street and take advantage of this free attraction.
3. Elisabet Ney Museum
Elisabet Ney lived an extraordinary life. The famous sculpture artist spent the first half of her life in Europe crafting stunning pieces of famous leaders. She moved to Austin in the 1870s and continued her career sculpting busts of Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston. When you stroll through her castle-like home, you'll get a glimpse into her creative process. Visit 304 E 44th Street and soak up the history.
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4. Texas Capitol Visitors Center
This interactive museum is the most fun way to learn about Texas history. Young ones will love dressing up as cowboys and pioneers, and adults will get a kick out of the Matthew McConaughey-narrated video. The Texas Capitol Visitor Center is located at 112 E 11th St.
5. Susanna Dickinson Museum
Praised as the "fiercest woman of the frontier,"
Susanna Dickinson is a fascinating person. She was one of the few survivors of the battle of the Alamo, and she's the reason why Americans know the history today. Celebrate her legacy at 411 E 5th St. You'll leave with a whole new appreciation of Texas history.
6. The O. Henry Museum
While you're in the area, head over to the O. Henry Museum. This unique place sits right next door to the Susanna Dickinson Museum, and it's every bit as interesting. O. Henry is the pseudonym for William Sydney Porter, a beloved author famous for writing short stories like "The Gift of the Magi." O. Henry lived in Austin for a time, and he referred to place as "the city of the violet crown" because of the area's stunning purple sunsets. You can learn more about his influence at 409 E 5th St.
7. The Austin Nature and Science Center
The Austin Nature and Science Center is so much more than a museum. In addition to the hands-on exhibits, this attraction houses rare animals and boasts of jaw-dropping hiking trails. Here, you can take an up-close look at a bee colony, say hi to owls and bobcats, and even dig for "dino bones" in the sand pit. The Austin Nature and Science Center is a hit with both kids and adults. Head over to 2389 Stratford Drive to see for yourself.
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8. George Washington Carver Museum
The George Washington Carver Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of African American cultural material. Their permanent display about Juneteenth, the day slavery was abolished in Texas, is particularly fascinating. There's also a gorgeous art gallery and a children's exhibit that celebrates African American scientists and inventors. The George Washington Carver Museum is located at 1165 Angelina St.
Which free museum are you going to visit first?