A Menagerie of Museums
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The Blanton Museum is UT's internationally recognized art facility featuring an impressive array of contemporary and modern artwork as well as touring artists and lecture series. Located at the intersection of MLK and Congress, this architecturally significant museum unites the University to the Capitol and the rest of downtown.

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The Austin Museum of Art features a smart combination of local and national artists in a regularly rotating exhibition schedule that includes partnerships, lectures and corresponding sales in the museum store. Touring groups regularly visit the museum for art appreciation days, but the space is open for everyone to appreciate the art every day.

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Located just north of the Capitol on Congress Avenue, The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is a bastion of our state's proud history of independence and reinvention. This is a popular spot for educational tours along with local and inter-cultural events, highlighting the goodwill Texas has to offer its inhabitants.

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Also on UT's campus, the Harry Ransom Center boasts a mind-blowing collection of artifacts representing the history of the humanities in the United States. Letters from famous playwrights, unpublished works from contemporary authors and the first printed Bible are all curiosities you might find on display or in the archives of this world-renowned museum.

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Austin's Children's Museum is a friendly, inviting space for kids to explore the fundamental questions of our universe: What? How? Why? Adults and children alike have three floors of hands-on activities to explain cool aspects of our world like bugs, planets, atoms and so much more. You'll definitely want to make a whole day of it.

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A highlight to any visit to Austin, the LBJ Library is an exciting way to engage with the life and policies of the man that successfully steered the United States through a rocky period of our nation's history. With a life-size replication of his Oval Office and a wing dedicated to Lady Bird Johnson's legacy, this museum is a fitting tribute to a proud, much-beloved Texan.

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If it blows your mind as much as it does ours that dinosaurs once roamed this great Texas landscape, you'll love the exhibits at the Texas Natural Science Center. With full-size displays of assembled dino bones, you'll realized that 'dillos and bats aren't all we're known for.

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The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center is the fruition of a dream long in the making. It now serves as a vanguard in both preserving the influence of Mexican-American culture in Austin and keeping it alive for future generations through art galleries, exhibits and classes for both children and adults.