Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. Museum subjects vary greatly from city to city, and can range from firefighter's museums to fine art, to sports. If you need help making a selection, our 10Best list highlights the top spots to visit in Austin.

LBJ Presidential Library

This facility – housed in a contemporary, ten-story, travertine-clad structure – is a virtual treasure trove of papers and memorabilia from the often flamboyant and much beloved former president's life. Exhibits include a replica of the Oval...  Read More

Austin Children's Museum
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If you have kids to entertain, don't miss this museum. Exhibits are slyly educational and lots of fun. Austin Kiddie Limits, for example, lets your rising rocker or budding crooner experience the thrill of live performance, while Funstruction...  Read More

O. Henry Museum

Housed in this museum is memorabilia relating to short-story writer William Sydney Porter, who lived in Austin and took the nom de plume, O. Henry. The cottage in which Porter lived appears much as it did during the time he spent here from 1893...  Read More

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

This fascinating center features outstanding selections of modern American paintings, including the Mari and James A. Michener Collection of 20th Century Art. It also showcases a Gutenberg Bible, an impressive photography archive (including the...  Read More

Barton Springs District
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

The outdoor garden portion of this complex displays 62 of sculptor Charles Umlauf's works in bronze and cast-stone. The museum, constructed in 1991, contains more than 200 additional pieces. The sculptor also worked in wood, marble, and terra...  Read More

Congress Avenue
Mexic-Arte Museum

Offering a plethora of cultural programs and art exhibitions showcasing the work of Latino and Mexican artists, this downtown museum has become a vital part of the community. In the museum's main gallery, traveling exhibitions and shows curated...  Read More

University Area
Blanton Museum of Art
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The Blanton ranks as the nation's largest university art museum, and its outstanding permanent collection – the largest in Central Texas – is comprised of more than 17,000 pieces, from priceless antiquities to more modern works. Strong...  Read More

Housed in a Mediterranean-style villa built in 1916 and surrounded by lush gardens, this branch of AMOA features art by diverse 20th-century artists from Austin and around the world. Among its permanent holdings are works by Robert Rauschenberg,...  Read More

Elisabet Ney Museum

This museum is housed in Ney's beautiful studio, a picturesque, castle-like stone structure. The famous sculptor, a charismatic woman devoted to the transformative effects of art and beauty, fashioned the likenesses of European kings and...  Read More

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is one of the most visited museums in Austin, TX. Located in the heart of downtown, this educational outlet features three floors full of interactive exhibits detailing the state's history through...  Read More

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