Explore UT begins at 11 a.m., but there are numerous activities available for those who may want to get an early start to their day of adventure and fun. Several libraries and museums will open prior to the official start of Explore UT and are listed below along with other early bird activities. In addition to these special attractions, there are hundreds of activities taking place throughout the day that you won’t want to miss.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum Exhibits
Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum (LBJ)
The LBJ Library will be open during Explore UT with free admission. Discover what’s new at the LBJ Library. Exhibits include interactive displays, videos, images and artifacts that will guide visitors through the life and legacy of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird Johnson. Features of the library also include a downloadable app to guide you through the tours (including a tour in Spanish), access to President Johnson's private telephone conversations and an interactive Vietnam War exhibit that details the President's decision making process. You'll be able to tour a replica of the Oval Office and see artifacts from President Johnson’s time in the White House.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Perry-Castañeda Library Open House
The University of Texas Libraries - Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL)
The Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) is largest of UT’s libraries with print and electronic books, journals, databases, maps and expertise to assist with research and learning. Visit the library to learn more about this unique campus resource that is available 24 hours a day.
Campus Scavenger Hunt
The University of Texas Office of Admissions
Begins at the Littlefield Fountain
Meet in front of the Littlefield Fountain to embark on a fun and educational scavenger hunt around campus. Look for clues and guess the answers to questions about UT Austin history as you search the campus. Tour guides will be available to lead the hunt for children and their families.
10 a.m. – 4:40 p.m.
Hot Science-Cool Talks:
Space Exploration and Environmental Science Festival
Jackson School of Geosciences - Environmental Science Institute
Student Activity Center (SAC) Ballroom – Room 2.410
Learn about science happening all the way from the Earth to the Moon. The Environmental Science Institute and UT Astronomy are hosting Austin Planetarium Discovery Dome mobile planetarium shows. See stars, constellations, other planets, and much more in the 25-feet diameter, 13-feet high, inflated dome. Have imagining yourself floating in real space settings, and in space science fiction settings (like Star Trek) with our green screen setup. Get your hands dirty with environmental scientists and learn about what they do when they’re in caves, in the laboratory, or out in nature researching subjects like climate change and its effects right here on Earth.
In addition, educators and parents can learn about innovative tools and programs in STEM education produced by the Environmental Science Institute throughout the year. These include regular Hot Science-Cool Talks events held here at UT-Austin and broadcast live online, on topics ranging from dinosaurs to climate change to outer space, and a growing bilingual science program, Ciencias Calientes. We also produce STEM educational materials based on Hot Science-Cool Talks topics, and lesson plans indexed by TEKS. Finally, we have excellent programs for college students who want to learn about or major in environmental science that involve many fun fieldwork opportunities.
10 a.m. – 4:40 p.m.
Texas Memorial Museum Exhibits
Texas Memorial Museum (TMM)
Explore the Texas Memorial Museum’s ongoing exhibits as well as other fun activities scheduled throughout the day. Current exhibits include:
Deep Time in Texas
Explore the museum’s Hall of Geology and Paleontology featuring fossil dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, meteorites and rocks. Stop by the Paleo Lab to talk with a paleontologist while seeing how fossils are prepared, catalogued and studied.
Come see the diversity of wings and colors in insects and learn how flight has played a key role in the success of the most dominant group of animals on the planet.
Visit the museum’s exhibit, which gives a modern shine to Darwin’s 151-year-old theory on evolution. Experience how scientists conduct research on evolution and examine why evolution is important to science and medicine.
OTHER SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS:
Campus Walking Tour
The University of Texas at Austin Office of Admissions
Main Building (MAI) West Mall Steps – Rally Area
Take a student-led tour of campus to learn about our unique history, culture and resources. Hear from a student about life as a Longhorn. Comfortable walking shoes suggested. Tours leave at the top of every hour from the Rally Area on the West Mall near the west steps of the Main Building.
Children's International Festival
College of Liberal Arts
The Children's International Festival will be at the heart of the Explore UT Cultural Crossroads on the East Mall. Visitors to the festival will have the opportunity to experience the cultures of South Asia, Ecuador, Russia, Africa, South America and the Middle East.
Go back in time and craft a medieval shield or crown. Decorate your clothes with pre-Columbian art. Decorate a Pysanka egg using the traditional Ukrainian handcrafted style of creating intricate patterns with wax. Learn how to great friends from around the world in their native language. These fun activities and a world of other experiences awaits explorers at the Children's International Festival.
March with the Longhorn Band
College of Fine Arts
Frank Denius Practice Fields (Near the “Bubble”)
Follow in the footsteps of a more than 100-year-old university tradition and experience the thrill of marching with the Longhorn Band (LHB). A rehearsal session will be held in the Denius Practice Field (FDF) next to the "bubble" near IH-35 and Dean Keeton Street (26th Street) followed by a march to the Tower for the Explore UT photo at 5 p.m.
Speedway Mall Festival
The Speedway Mall will be a center of unique activities as a part of Explore UT. Visitors to the festival can learn from public health and fire safety demonstrations, scale the ROTC climbing wall or explore the TAME Trailblazer, a 40-foot trailer full of engineering and science exhibits sponsored by the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering.
Visit the Student Activities Center (SAC) and stop by the Gregory Gym Plaza (GRE) to see an exhibit of works by the "Littlest Longhorns," students from The University of Texas Elementary School, which opened its doors in 2003 with a mission to develop students into lifelong learners. Stop by and enjoy the Speedway Mall Festival as you make your way across campus.
The University of Texas Unions – The Texas Union (UNB)
The Texas Union will offer special half-hour tours of the UT Tower on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up for the free tours at the Texas Union Information Center (south entrance). Tours begin at 11 a.m. and conclude with the last tour at 4:30 p.m. Groups are limited to a maximum of 10 tickets. If you are not able to take the Tower tour at Explore UT, you may arrange a future tour by calling (512) 475-6633 or toll-free at 1-887-475-6633.
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Congress Avenue
With its exhibits, Texas Spirit Theatre and Austin's only IMAX theater, The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is a tribute to all the stories of Texas. For museum information, hours, admission, film and performance times, and costs, call (512) 936-8746.