Get Ready to Learn SO MUCH STUFF During Austin Museum Day 2018

It’s that time of the year again, when kids and adults alike get to learn ALL OF THE THINGS at Central Texas’ best museums. Austin Museum Day is almost here, and that means that Central Texans (and visitors) get to enjoy more than 40 area museums FOR FREE. This “day of discovery” is happening Sunday, September 23, 2018 (it’s always the second-to-last Sunday of September). Museum Day visitors will enjoy all variety of special programming including guided tours, hands-on activities, and more. 

This is the 21st year that the Austin Museum Partnership, a consortium of Austin-area museums founded in 1998, will host the giant day of discovery, and it keeps getting bigger! Last year, nearly 30,000 people visited Central Texas history, science, nature, and art museums on Austin Museum Day. The event has become so popular that it has expanded to include Cedar Park, Georgetown, and Johnson City, so it’s also a great opportunity to check out museums you’ve never been to.

Check the calendar for specifics on what’s happening where and when, and be sure to download the mobile app from the Austin Museum Day website to help plan your day. In the meantime, check out these highlights from a few Austin-area family favorites:

Participating museums include:

  • Art Galleries at Black Studies
  • Austin History Center
  • Austin Nature and Science Center
  • Austin Woman’s Club / Chateau Bellevue
  • Blanton Museum of Art
  • Briscoe Center for American History
  • Brush Square Museums (O. Henry and Susanna Dickinson Museums)
  • Bullock Texas State History Museum
  • City of Austin Cultural Arts Division
  • Creative Action
  • Dougherty Arts Center
  • Elisabet Ney Museum
  • German-Texan Heritage Society (Historic 1858 German Free School)
  • Harry Ransom Center
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
  • Landmarks Public Art Program, The University of Texas at Austin
  • LBJ Presidential Library and Museum
  • MathHappens
  • Mexic-Arte Museum
  • Millett’s Opera House
  • Neill-Cochran House Museum
  • Old Bakery and Emporium
  • Pioneer Farms
  • Republic of Texas Museum
  • Robert G. Mickey History of Medicine Gallery at the Texas Medical Association
  • Save Austin’s Cemeteries at Historic Oakwood Cemetery
  • Sheffield Education Center
  • South Austin Museum of Popular Culture
  • Texas Capitol Visitors Center
  • Texas Department of Public Safety Historical Museum and Research Center
  • Texas Memorial Museum
  • Texas Military Forces Museum
  • Texas Music Museum
  • Texas State Capitol
  • Texas Wendish Heritage Museum (Giddings)
  • The Contemporary Austin — Jones Center
  • The Contemporary Austin — Laguna Gloria
  • The Williamson Museum
  • The Williamson Museum on the Chisholm Trail
  • Thinkery
  • UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum
  • UT Austin Visual Arts Center
  • Waller Creek Conservancy
  • Women and Their Work

Visit AustinMuseumDay’s website to see an interactive map and download the Austin Museum Partnership mobile app for the latest details about Austin Museum Day, participating museums, and program hours.

About the Austin Museum Partnership:

The Austin Museum Partnership (AMP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that promotes and facilitates collaboration within the museum community for the benefit of the city’s museums and the community at large. Austin Museum Day is held every year on the second-to-last Sunday in September. Discover more at www.AustinMuseums.org. Find the Austin Museum Partnership on Facebook and Twitter (@AustinMuseums, #MuseumDay2017 and #ATXMuseums).

Austin Museum Day is coordinated by a volunteer board and made possible through the support of community organizations and sponsors. Austin Museum Day’s “open house” atmosphere aims to strengthen the metropolitan area’s museum community through increased awareness and accessibility.

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Laurie Lyons-Makaimoku
As a long time Austin resident, Laurie is a big fan of dive bars, the Spurs, and low-key celebrity stalking. She's also a UT grad with a master's in New Media Journalism, and has never met a pug that she didn't like.
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