Spend a day exploring Austin, Texas, starting and ending with a museum. Find museums focusing on your favorite interest, like Texas history, art from the ages, pioneer life and even wildflowers. And the WWII lovers will find a museum packed with memorabilia too. Here’s a guide to the best Austin museums for families.
History Museums in Austin
Bullock Texas State History Museum
A museum dedicated to Texas. Learn about the history and characters of Texas history. Also find an IMAX theater on site.
Located at 1800 Congress Ave. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance tickets required. Adult admission (18+) is $13 and youth (4 to 17) is $9.
Texas Military Forces Museum
Learn how Texans contributed to the military from 1823 until present. Find lots of aircraft and even tanks along with uniforms and weapons through the ages.
Located at 3038 W 35th St. and located on Camp Mabry. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free
Art Museums in Austin
Blanton Museum of Art
Find 18,000 works of art from medieval to contemporary in a large facility.
Timed entrance tickets need to be reserved online before arriving. Time slots from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Located at 200 MLK Blvd. Open Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Adult admission is $12, youth from 13 to 21 are $5 and kids 12 and under are free. Thursdays admission is free and timed tickets are still required.
The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria
Explore an outdoor location with contemporary sculpture along Lake Austin.
Located at 3809 W. 35th St. Open Thursday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Adult admission (18+) is $10 and kids and seniors are free. Advance tickets required at the time.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum
Walk through a landscaped garden with the sculptures of Charles Umlauf, a former UT professor.
Located at 605 Azie Morton Rd. Open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adult admission is $7 and students (13 to 17) are $1.
A museum dedicated to Mexican and Latinx art and artists with special events, including a extended Dia de los Muertos.
Located at 419 Congress Ave. Open Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $7 and kids (12 and under) are $4.
Outdoor Musuems in Austin
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Learn about the native plants of Texas in this 284-acre facility. Find 900 different varieties including trees and cultivated gardens.
Timed entrance tickets need to be reserved online before arriving. Time slots are for two hours.
Located at 4801 La Crosse Ave. Open daily at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance tickets are required. Adult admission is $12 and youth 5 to 17 are $5.
The Pioneer Farm
Explore the 90-acre facility to experience life in the 1880s Texas. Also find workshops staffed with artisans along with animals.
Located at 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr. Open from Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $8 and kids 3 to 17 are $6.
Neill-Cochran House and Museum
Built 1855 the original owners never moved into the Greek Revival rock house. It served as a school for the blind and a federal war hospital.
In 1875, the Neill family moved in, followed by the Cochran Family. Walk through the historic house full of antique furnishings.
Located at 2310 San Gabriel St. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission (12+) is $8 and kids under 12 are free.
Museums for Families
The hands-on children’s museum schedules groups of 10 to expore its facility. Move through the facility that’s divided into zones.
Located 1830 Simond Ave. Open Admission (2+) is $14. Timed tickets required. Each session is 90 minutes long and entry time slots are every 15 minutes.
Know Before You Go
- Museums require face masks.
- Advance online reservations are usually required.