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Austin Museum Day | Things to do in Downtown Austin
Sunday, September 23rd marks the 15th annual Austin Museum Day. Participating Austin museums and cultural sites will host free exhibitions and activities for museum-goers, all for the price of on-the-house. Peruse the complete list of the nearly 40 participating museums. The Austin Museum Partnership, formed in 1998, brings together a wide range of museums, historic sites, nature preserves, libraries and the Texas State Capitol.
For residents of The Austonian, many of the museums are just a quick jaunt up the road from the downtown luxury condos.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum (running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.),located off of Barton Springs Road on Robert E. Lee, is an outdoor garden museum dedicated to the work of 20th century American sculptor Charles Umlauf. The 25 members of the Texas Society of Sculptors will be giving demonstrations and showcasing some of their completed works at the Sculpture Garden on Austin Museum Day. For those feeling creative, there will be 10 tables dedicated to clay sculpting as well.
AMOA-Arthouse (from noon to 4 p.m.) is a short stroll up Congress Avenue from The Austonian and offers an engaging look into the contemporary and modern art scene. Among many other works that will be on exhibit, the De-Luxe Collection will be on display and is a multi-artist look into the themes and concepts of luxury. Additionally the Laguna Gloria branch of AMOA-Arthouse will be hosting live artist demonstrations and a performance by the youth chorus group U Better Sing!
Texas Music Museum (from 1 to p.m.) showcases the best and brightest in the Texas music scene and those who helped give Austin the music clout that the city enjoys today. The museum, located on East 11th and San Marcos, will be exhibiting work of African American and Mexican American artists who have been influential in the Austin music scene. Folk musical groups New Austin Polka Band and the Austin Banjo Club will also be performing.
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum (from noon to 4 p.m.) brings the rich story of Texas history to life with three floors of interactive exhibits. The museum, located on Congress Avenue, will be showing a free screening of Space Junk 3D, which explores space discovery, in the IMAX Theatre.
French Legation Museum (running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) is Austin's oldest home and is dedicated to preserving Texas history and culture. The museum recently underwent significant restoration and will be celebrating its re-opening. Stop over for an afternoon picnic, live music and the chance to learn how to play petanque with the Heart of Texas Petanque Club.
Mexic-Arte Museum (noon to 5 p.m.) located on Congress Avenue will sharing their new exhibit, Elements of Death & Community Altars. The museum will explore the theme of Day of the Dead through contemporary artists' works. Live screen printing will also be on site for those wishing to take home a unique token from the day.