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Kids Guide to Museums in Austin

Published Aug 29, 2014 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Immerse your family in the rich culture that is Austin! Here's a kids guide to museums in Austin, to make your visits both fun & educational.

Calling all kids! If you're visiting from out of town with the family or an Austin local, don't forget that the many Austin museums have amazing events, programs, workshops, tours, camps, and parties that are completely kid-friendly. Introduce your little ones to the rich culture that is Austin, and in fun ways!

A Kids Guide to Museums in Austin- by ChatterBlock

Thinkery: The New Austin Children’s Museum

The Thinkery is an evolution of the Austin Children’s Museum. It’s Austin’s sparkling new home for “why” and “how”. A place where science and families play side by side. Where people connect with ideas by doing, making and experiencing. It’s a foundry for a new generation of innovators and creative problem solvers, and it’s a heck of a good time! The Thinkery is open Tuesday- Sunday and each day has interactive activities and exhibits that are a blast for the kids! If you're looking for something extra special, take the family out for the Community Night, every Wednesday 5-8 PM and admission is by donation. Keep an eye on their events calendar, because they're always cooking up some fun!

Blanton Museum of Art

Founded in 1963, the Blanton Museum of Art is one of the foremost university art museums in the country. The Blanton offers thought provoking, visually arresting, and personally moving experiences. Among its exhibits are modern and contemporary American and Latin American art, Italian Renaissance and Baroque paintings, and an encyclopedic collection of prints and drawings. Family programs are offered throughout the year, from Storytime Tours to hands-on art-making activities. Spend a day immersed in art to bring out the little artist in your child! All children must be accompanied by an adult to participate.

Bullock Texas State History Museum

The Bullock Texas State History Museum brings to life the “Story of Texas” through three floors of interactive exhibits. Special attractions in this downtown museum include the 4D Texas Spirit Theater, Austin’s premier IMAX Theatre (always a family favorite!), a store, café and its landmark 35-foot tall bronze star sculpture.

Ps. Every first Sunday of the month is FREE!

South Austin Museum of Popular Culture

The South Austin Popular Culture Center exhibits a collection of vintage posters and live music ephemera from the 1960s through today to educate future generations on the rich and unique culture that makes Austin the Live Music Capital of the World. A must-see for any music enthusiast! Ideal for families with children aged 8+.

George Washington Carver Museum

The George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center is dedicated to the collection, preservation, research and exhibition of African-American historical and cultural material. For the kids, the museum offers seasonal camps and classes, and a children’s exhibit on African-American scientists and inventors!

Elisabet Ney Museum

In 1892, European sculptor Elisabet Ney began construction of a limestone neo-classical studio, christened the “Formosa”. Ney would sculpt legendary Texans and create fine art. She spent the last years of her life in Austin, working and gathering a veritable salon of local color, ranging from artists and musicians to politicians and priests. All-ages tours of Miss Ney’s castle and her work are available upon request. More than just history, “The Ney” focuses attention on the nature of storytelling itself. Special family-friendly events include Portraiture in the Park (Sept), Ney Day (June), and Celebrate Urban Birds (Feb). Admission is free, and the museum is open Wednesday- Sunday from 12pm-5pm.

French Legation Museum

Historic home tours and family-friendly events year-round! Step back in time to 1841, when Texas was a Republic, at Austin’s oldest home–The French Legation Museum. Then join us year-round for free and low-cost music, movies, children’s storytime, summer camps, special events, and more. Guided tours of the historic home are available Tuesday through Sunday from 1-4, and at other times by calling ahead.

Looking for other great activities to do with the family?

ChatterBlock has an up-to-date listing of Popular Events happening around Austin that are completely kid-friendly! Whether you're visiting from out of town or an Austin local, you'll be able to stay in the know.

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