Best museums in Austin

Check out the top museums in Austin, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals

1. French Legation Museum

1. French Legation Museum

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8 local reviews
802 San Marcos Street, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-472-8180
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Harold
Two Blocks away....the oldest house in Austin, former French embassy to the Republic of Texas, beautiful groun…
Molly
This sweet, small historic property gives you a good idea of early Austin, when France sent an ambassador (alb…
Jiri
Museum focused on France’s role in Texas history housed in an 1841 home of a former French diplomat.
1. French Legation Museum

1. French Legation Museum

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8 local reviews
802 San Marcos Street, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-472-8180
Harold
Harold
Two Blocks away....the oldest house in Austin, former French embassy to the Republic of Texas, beautiful grounds and museum
Molly
Molly
This sweet, small historic property gives you a good idea of early Austin, when France sent an ambassador (albeit once they wanted to get ri…
Jiri
Jiri
Museum focused on France’s role in Texas history housed in an 1841 home of a former French diplomat.
2. Downtown

2. Downtown

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27 local reviews
Downtown, Austin
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Stefan & Elza
If you are staying for a week or so, and want some city life, drive to downtown Austin to see museums, points …
Scout
Austin is growing and becoming quite the metropolitan scene. Check out 6th street, The Warehouse District, Th…
Troy
Downtown Austin has many businesses, restaurants, coffee shops, cafes, bars and street art pieces. It's about …
2. Downtown

2. Downtown

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27 local reviews
Downtown, Austin
Stefan & Elza
Stefan & Elza
If you are staying for a week or so, and want some city life, drive to downtown Austin to see museums, points of interest and listen to musi…
Scout
Scout
Austin is growing and becoming quite the metropolitan scene. Check out 6th street, The Warehouse District, The New Library at the Seaholm P…
Troy
Troy
Downtown Austin has many businesses, restaurants, coffee shops, cafes, bars and street art pieces. It's about 10 minutes away by car, 30 min…
3. LBJ Presidential Library

3. LBJ Presidential Library

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35 local reviews
2313 Red River Street, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-721-0200
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Tom
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum commemorates the life of our nation’s 36th president. It does a goo…
Joe and Susan
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, also known as the LBJ Presidential Library, is one of 13 Preside…
Brad
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, also known as the LBJ Presidential Library, is the presidential …
3. LBJ Presidential Library

3. LBJ Presidential Library

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35 local reviews
2313 Red River Street, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-721-0200
Tom
Tom
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum commemorates the life of our nation’s 36th president. It does a good job balancing Johnson’s good…
Joe and Susan
Joe and Susan
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, also known as the LBJ Presidential Library, is one of 13 Presidential Libraries administered b…
Brad
Brad
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, also known as the LBJ Presidential Library, is the presidential library and museum of Lyndon B…
4. Broken Spoke

4. Broken Spoke

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104 local reviews
3201 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin
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+1 512-442-6189
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Lisa
Iconic Austin two-stepping dance hall. Tip-even if you are not a fan of dancing, the place is great for people…
Inti
THE Famous Broken Spoke! All the Country Music greats have played here. They even have a music history museum …
Stephany
Real Deal Older than dirt honky tonk. Come eat a great Chicken Fried Steak or some BBQ and enjoy a free show …
4. Broken Spoke

4. Broken Spoke

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104 local reviews
3201 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin
Open now
+1 512-442-6189
Lisa
Lisa
Iconic Austin two-stepping dance hall. Tip-even if you are not a fan of dancing, the place is great for people-watching. Multiple tables on …
Inti
Inti
THE Famous Broken Spoke! All the Country Music greats have played here. They even have a music history museum set up in the bar. Still servi…
Stephany
Stephany
Real Deal Older than dirt honky tonk. Come eat a great Chicken Fried Steak or some BBQ and enjoy a free show every night Tues-Sat 6-8pm! Do…
5. The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center

5. The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center

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6 local reviews
700 Congress Avenue, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-453-5312
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Dana
Interesting sculptures and great views of the lake at this mostly outdoor museum.
Jason
Art museum on the banks of Lake Austin. Close to the house.
Timothy
World-class outdoor sculpture park.
5. The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center

5. The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center

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6 local reviews
700 Congress Avenue, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-453-5312
Dana
Dana
Interesting sculptures and great views of the lake at this mostly outdoor museum.
Jason
Jason
Art museum on the banks of Lake Austin. Close to the house.
Timothy
Timothy
World-class outdoor sculpture park.
6. Uncommon Objects

6. Uncommon Objects

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37 local reviews
1602 Fortview Road, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-442-4000
Home goods storeStorePoint of interest
Dominique
This Antique Store is like a museum...You must check it out
Lance
Uncommon objects is like a museum/time capsule, except you can take the coolest stuff home with you!
Kathleen
Fun, fun place to browse. You want to feel uncommon on SoCo.
6. Uncommon Objects

6. Uncommon Objects

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37 local reviews
1602 Fortview Road, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-442-4000
Dominique
Dominique
This Antique Store is like a museum...You must check it out
Lance
Lance
Uncommon objects is like a museum/time capsule, except you can take the coolest stuff home with you!
Kathleen
Kathleen
Fun, fun place to browse. You want to feel uncommon on SoCo.
7. South Austin Museum of Popular Culture

7. South Austin Museum of Popular Culture

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6 local reviews
1516-B South Lamar Boulevard, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-440-8318
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Mary
The South Austin Museum of Popular Culture is a funny hole in the wall with art and other odd things.
Jaime
It's defined as a "museum," but in reality it's a quirky trip back in time that explores Austin's "weird" cult…
Marguerete
Museum exhibiting Austin art, music and culture since the 1960's
7. South Austin Museum of Popular Culture

7. South Austin Museum of Popular Culture

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6 local reviews
1516-B South Lamar Boulevard, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-440-8318
Mary
Mary
The South Austin Museum of Popular Culture is a funny hole in the wall with art and other odd things.
Jaime
Jaime
It's defined as a "museum," but in reality it's a quirky trip back in time that explores Austin's "weird" culture, often musical. Cheap (thr…
Marguerete
Marguerete
Museum exhibiting Austin art, music and culture since the 1960's
8. Mexic-Arte Museum

8. Mexic-Arte Museum

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13 local reviews
419 Congress Avenue, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-480-9373
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Juany
Mexic-Arte Museum is a fine arts museum in Austin, Texas. The Mission of the organization is to enrich and edu…
Anthony & Hayley
Mexic-Arte Museum is a fine arts museum in Austin, Texas. The Mission of the organization is to enrich and edu…
Mo
On a scale of culture, versatility, information and enjoyment, Mexic-Arte slides in between a visit to the Bla…
8. Mexic-Arte Museum

8. Mexic-Arte Museum

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13 local reviews
419 Congress Avenue, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-480-9373
Juany
Juany
Mexic-Arte Museum is a fine arts museum in Austin, Texas. The Mission of the organization is to enrich and educate the community through the…
Anthony & Hayley
Anthony & Hayley
Mexic-Arte Museum is a fine arts museum in Austin, Texas. The Mission of the organization is to enrich and educate the community through the…
Mo
Mo
On a scale of culture, versatility, information and enjoyment, Mexic-Arte slides in between a visit to the Blanton Museum of Art and a trip …
9. Texas Capitol

9. Texas Capitol

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216 local reviews
1100 Congress Avenue, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-463-4630
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Johnny
Regardless of your politics, this is a beautiful building with museums nearby and great to stroll afterwards a…
Thomas
Texas is a weird state, and its history is fascinating. The Texas Capitol is a beautiful pink replica of the U…
Randall
It's the capitol of Texas. Who wouldn't want to see that. Open most days, you can tour the capitol building an…
9. Texas Capitol

9. Texas Capitol

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216 local reviews
1100 Congress Avenue, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-463-4630
Johnny
Johnny
Regardless of your politics, this is a beautiful building with museums nearby and great to stroll afterwards around Congress Ave.
Thomas
Thomas
Texas is a weird state, and its history is fascinating. The Texas Capitol is a beautiful pink replica of the US Capitol and the inside is no…
Randall
Randall
It's the capitol of Texas. Who wouldn't want to see that. Open most days, you can tour the capitol building and surrounding park. It's famil…
10. The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria

10. The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria

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2 local reviews
3809 West 35th Street, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-458-8191
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Troy
Austin Museum of Art Laguna Gloria Arthouse. A small museum tucked in a nearby neighborhood.
Matthew
Art Museum and Historical Home.
Troy
Austin Museum of Art Laguna Gloria Arthouse. A small museum tucked in a nearby neighborhood.
10. The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria

10. The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria

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2 local reviews
3809 West 35th Street, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-458-8191
Troy
Troy
Austin Museum of Art Laguna Gloria Arthouse. A small museum tucked in a nearby neighborhood.
Matthew
Matthew
Art Museum and Historical Home.
Troy
Troy
Austin Museum of Art Laguna Gloria Arthouse. A small museum tucked in a nearby neighborhood.
11. Carver Branch, Austin Public Library

11. Carver Branch, Austin Public Library

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3 local reviews
1161 Angelina Street, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-974-1010
LibraryPoint of interestEstablishment
Harold
And cultural center. African American cultural history museum for Austin. A few blocks away
Gwen & Richard
Our neighborhood library is a gem. Next door is the Carver Museum of African American HIstory. Check out the…
Gwen & Richard
Our neighborhood library is a gem. Next door is the Carver Museum of African American HIstory. Check out the…
11. Carver Branch, Austin Public Library

11. Carver Branch, Austin Public Library

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3 local reviews
1161 Angelina Street, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-974-1010
Harold
Harold
And cultural center. African American cultural history museum for Austin. A few blocks away
Gwen & Richard
Gwen & Richard
Our neighborhood library is a gem. Next door is the Carver Museum of African American HIstory. Check out the incredible quilt in the libra…
Gwen & Richard
Gwen & Richard
Our neighborhood library is a gem. Next door is the Carver Museum of African American HIstory. Check out the incredible quilt in the libra…
12. Elisabet Ney Museum

12. Elisabet Ney Museum

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12 local reviews
304 East 44th Street, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-974-1625
MuseumPoint of interestEstablishment
Anthony & Hayley
The Elisabet Ney Museum is a museum located in Austin. It is housed in the former studio of sculptor Elisabet …
Gary
Historic Hyde Park home is the former studio and portrait collection created by 19th century sculptor Elisabet…
Cathy
This landmark is the former American studio of European portrait sculptor Elisabet Ney (1833-1907). The former…
12. Elisabet Ney Museum

12. Elisabet Ney Museum

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12 local reviews
304 East 44th Street, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-974-1625
Anthony & Hayley
Anthony & Hayley
The Elisabet Ney Museum is a museum located in Austin. It is housed in the former studio of sculptor Elisabet Ney and is dedicated to showca…
Gary
Gary
Historic Hyde Park home is the former studio and portrait collection created by 19th century sculptor Elisabet Ney. The museum offers educat…
Cathy
Cathy
This landmark is the former American studio of European portrait sculptor Elisabet Ney (1833-1907). The former studio, including 2.5 acres, …