Museum Madness

Free admission at 35 museums and galleries for Austin Museum Day

Free admission at 35 museums on Sunday for Austin Museum Day

Blanton gallery
More than 35 museums are opening their doors for the 17th annual Austin Museum Day. Courtesy of The Blanton Museum of Art

Something that often — and unfairly — gets overlooked about Austin is our plethora of museums and galleries. From the world class Blanton Museum of Art to the lesser known "Bugs, Bones and Blood exhibit" at the Texas Medical Association, our city is awash in cultural activities.

Back for its 17th year, Austin Museum Day is the perfect opportunity to revel in these cultural gems. On September 21, more than 35 local institutions will offer free admission, special exhibits and custom-made activities for visitors. Enjoy a living history tour through downtown, take a stroll past iconic Austin street art and even catch an appearance from the famed taco cannon at the O. Henry and Susanna Dickinson museums. (After all, what local event is complete without a taco cannon?)

In addition to the Blanton and the Texas Medical Association, other local institutions participating include Austin History Center, Austin Nature and Science Center, Austin Tour Guide Association, Bullock Texas State History Museum, Public Art Crawl with Art in Public Places & Landmarks, Elisabet Ney Museum, French Legation Museum, George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, The German Free School, Harry Ransom Center, Humanities Texas Byrne­Reed House, Jourdan-­Bachman Pioneer Farms, Landmarks, LBJ Presidential Library, Mexican American Cultural Center, The Contemporary Austin and Women and Their Work, among many others.

Some of the day's highlights include a special social media contest from Texas Historical Commission, tequila at the Mexican American Cultural Center, scavenger hunts at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and more.

For a full list of participating places, hours and specialty events, please visit the Austin Museum Day website.