Museums near Cedar Park and Austin Metro

Museums are a fantastic way to spend hot summer days in Central Texas. Are you a history buff, an art enthusiast, or just looking for a fun way to spend a day? You shouldn’t miss out on the many museums and cultural attractions in the Austin Metro. You’ll find contemporary art, Texas history, and much more! Fasten your seatbelt as we take you on a virtual tour of some of the best museums around Austin! Let’s embark on a journey through the rich culture and history of Texas and discover why Central Texas is a popular destination for museum lovers!

Austin Nature and Science Center
2389 Stratford Dr, Austin
Located in the heart of Austin, this center offers visitors a chance to explore the natural world and learn about science through a variety of engaging exhibits and programs. You’ll find a range of exhibits and activities designed to appeal to visitors of all ages. From live animal displays and interactive exhibits on geology and natural history to hands-on activities like fossil digs and animal encounters, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy. The center also has hiking trails, a playground, and a gift shop.

Brushy Creek Heritage Museum
151 N A.W. Grimes Blvd in Round Rock
Looking to explore the rich history of Round Rock and the surrounding area? Add Brushy Creek Heritage Museum to your list! Located in the heart of Round Rock, this museum offers visitors a chance to learn about the fascinating history and culture of the region. you’ll find a range of exhibits and artifacts that tell the story of the people and communities that have shaped this area over the years.From Native American artifacts and early pioneer tools to exhibits on local industries like agriculture and railroads. The museum also has a gift shop and hosts events and programs.

Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 Congress Austin
Located in the heart of downtown Austin, this museum offers visitors a chance to explore the rich culture and heritage of the Lone Star State. You’ll find a range of exhibits and artifacts that tell the story of Texas, from its early days as a Spanish colony to its modern status as a global leader in industry and innovation. With interactive exhibits, immersive multimedia displays, and a wide variety of special events and programs, there’s always something new and exciting to discover at this amazing museum. The museum also has an exciting lineup of summer programs! From hands-on workshops and demonstrations to lectures and performances by some of the state’s leading experts and artists.

Cedar Park Sculpture Garden
1435 Main St, in Cedar Park
If you are looking for a serene and inspiring outdoor space to explore art and nature, then Cedar Park Sculpture Garden is perfect for you! Located in the heart of Cedar Park, this meandering garden offers visitors a chance to enjoy a peaceful oasis filled with beautiful sculptures and lush greenery. You’ll find a diverse collection of stunning sculptures created by local and regional artists. From abstract and contemporary pieces to more traditional and representational works. The garden is open year-round and admission is free. Visit some of the many Cedar Park Murals around town too.

Elisabet Ney Museum
304 E 44th St, Austin
This museum will give you a unique and inspiring cultural experience in Austin. Located in the heart of the Hyde Park neighborhood, this historic home and studio of sculptor Elisabet Ney offer visitors a chance to explore the life and work of one of Texas’ most famous sculptors. You’ll find a fascinating collection of sculptures, paintings, and other works of art created by Ney herself. From her famous portraits of Texas luminaries like Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin to her powerful and evocative sculptures of women and children, there’s something here for every art lover to enjoy.

Mexic-Arte Museum
419 Congress Ave., Austin
It is a vibrant cultural destination dedicated to showcasing the art and culture of Mexico and the Mexican-American community. You’ll find a diverse and inspiring collection of works by Mexican and Mexican-American artists, ranging from traditional folk art to cutting-edge contemporary pieces. The museum has a permanent collection as well as rotating exhibitions, a gift shop, and workshops.

LBJ Presidential Library – Located in downtown Austin near the UT campus, this museum is a must visit for history buffs and those curious about this era of American history. Gain an intimate understanding of the 36th President of the United States. Learn about his early years, family life, and more. His wife, the revered Ladybird Johnson was bold, outspoken, and worked tirelessly for conservation and the environment. We can thank her for the abundance of Texas wildflowers we see now. Learn why she is one of America’s most popular and respected First Ladies.

Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center – This beautiful Botanic Garden and Arboretum of Texas is a must do when in Central Texas. Lush gardens, changing exhibits, hiking and walking trails trails, a gift shop and cafe are just some of the things you will find as you explore this magical place. The University of Texas at Austin Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center uses native plants to restore and create sustainable, beautiful landscapes. We carry out our mission to inspire the conservation of native plants through our gardens, research, education, and outreach programs. In doing so, we improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife, and enhance human health and happiness.

Ladybrid Johnson Wildflower Center

The Blanton Museum of Art
200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, in Austin
Nestled in the heart of the University of Texas campus, this world-class destination for art lovers of all ages features an impressive collection of more than 18,000 works of art, including everything from ancient artifacts to contemporary masterpieces. It’s a must-see destination for anyone interested in the history and evolution of visual art. With a variety of summer programs, workshops, and events, there’s always something new and exciting to discover at the Blanton. The museum also has a sculpture garden, a cafe, and a museum store.

The Contemporary Austin
700 Congress Ave., Austin and 3809 W 35th St, Austin
Another world-class museum to add to your list! It celebrates the best in contemporary art from around the world. With two unique locations, the museum offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore a wide range of art in a variety of mediums, from painting and sculpture to film, photography, and more. The museum also hosts a variety of exciting summer programs, including workshops, camps, lectures, and live performances. Downtown Austin on South Congress visit The Contemporary’s permanent and changing exhibitions. The Contemporary at Laguna Gloria in Central Austin features a beautiful historic home surrounded by a meandering outdoor sculpture garden. Also located on the property is Spread & Co, a museum Cafe where you can pick up some picnic treats. Visit nearby Mayfield Park’s water gardens and roaming peacocks.

Mayfield Park Austin

The Texas Military Forces Museum
2200 West 35th Street, Blg 6, 3038 W 35th St, Austin,
A must-visit destination for military history enthusiasts and anyone interested in learning about the role of the Texas military in American history. It offers visitors a fascinating look at the military history of Texas, from the early days of the Republic to modern times. With a wide range of exhibits that showcase military artifacts, vehicles, and weapons, the museum provides a rich and engaging learning experience for people of all ages.

The Williamson Museum
716 S Austin Ave, Georgetown
This local gem celebrates the rich history and culture of Williamson County, Texas. With a variety of exhibits, events, and educational programs, the museum offers something for everyone, from families to history buffs. During the summer months, the museum hosts a variety of special programs, including hands-on activities, live performances, and educational workshops.

1830 Simond Ave, Austin
It’s definitely a magical place to take your kids! This dynamic children’s museum in Austin promotes creative and engaging play-based learning for kids of all ages. With interactive exhibits, workshops, and special events, Thinkery offers an exciting and educational experience for families and children alike. During the summer months, the museum hosts a variety of fun and informative programs, including summer camps, workshops, and family activities.

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