Check out what's happening this summer at the Blanton Museum of Art, Harry Ransom Center, Landmarks public art project, LBJ Presidential Library, Texas Memorial Museum, and Briscoe Center.
Art, History & Science
The Briscoe Center has extensive collections that illuminate major topics in American history as well as the world’s largest archive documenting Texas history.
Struggle for Justice: Four Decades of Civil Rights Photography features images from the center’s vast photojournalism collections that provide compelling visual evidence of the struggles, flashpoints, and achievements of the civil rights movement—from Jim Crow to Black Power. Struggle for Justice includes images from the Spider Martin, Flip Schulke, and Charles Moore photographic archives, as well as many others.
This exhibit runs November 10, 2017 — July 21, 2018
2300 Red River St.
Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Get lost in the tranquil halls and world-class collection of the Blanton Museum of Art with over 17,000 works from European paintings to contemporary Latin American art.
Ellsworth Kelly's Austin
In January 2015, the renowned American artist Ellsworth Kelly gifted to the Blanton the design concept for his most monumental work, a 2,715-square-foot stone building with luminous colored glass windows, a totemic wood sculpture, and fourteen black and white marble panels. Titled Austin, honoring the artist’s tradition of naming particular works for the places for which they are destined, the structure is the only building the artist designed, and will be his most lasting legacy. Envisioned by Kelly as a site for joy and contemplation, Austin is a cornerstone of the Blanton’s permanent collection and will enrich the lives of visitors from around the world.
Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
UT faculty, students, staff: Free
Blanton Members: Free
Adults: $9 Seniors (65+): $7
College students with valid ID: $5
Youth (13-21): $5
Children 12 and under: Free
Teachers (with valid school ID): Free
Active Military: Free
Explore the collections at the Harry Ransom Center. View award-winning photography and film collections next to the Gutenberg Bible and the first photograph.
For more than a century, vaudeville was the most popular form of American entertainment and one of the country's largest cultural exports. Performances on the vaudeville stage included comic sketches, acrobatics, animal tricks, magic, blackface performance, celebrity appearances, early film, and more. Shows featuring immigrant acts, racial stereotypes, and frequent appeals to nationalism defined a complex and often problematic sense of American identity at the turn of the 19th century.
Explore vaudeville's influences from Roman mimes to the saloons of the American frontier. Learn what life on the road was like for the thousands of entertainers who traveled around the country performing in theatres that were part of a vast network of venues, and witness the mid-century revival of vaudeville's relevance in musical theatre, radio, film, television, and the internet. See artifacts related to some of Vaudeville's best-known performers—Harry Houdini, Mae West, W. C. Fields, Bert Williams, George M. Cohan, Burns & Allen, Tony Pastor, the Nicholas Brothers, Barbette, and more.
The exhibition features the Ransom Center's extensive holdings of Harry Houdini, Tony Pastor, and Florenz Ziegfeld, among others, to show the development of vaudeville's highly organized form and its long-lasting impact on contemporary film, television, and comedy.
The exhibition is on view through July 15, 2018.
300 West 21st Street
Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended Thursday evening hours to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Stroll around the Landmarks public art collection. UT's 350-acre campus becomes an open air museum with monumental, creative art accenting the architectural landscape.
Take a self-guided tour using a public art campus map or a mobile device. From the Landmarks mobile website, visitors can access an interactive map, listen to audio guides and read artist information from individual collection pages, all while viewing the collection.
Some of the Landmarks pieces are displayed inside campus buildings that may be viewed during each facility’s regular operating hours, but many of the best-known works are in open air for visitors to see any time.
Step inside the politics and culture of the 1960s at the LBJ Presidential Library. Permanent exhibits discuss the civil rights movement, the assassination of President Kennedy and a replica of LBJ's Oval Office.
The replica of the Oval Office on the 10th floor of the LBJ Library duplicates President Johnson's office in the White House at 7/8th scale. The office looks exactly as it did during Johnson's Presidency, including the desk he used beginning in his Senate days through the White House years, his books and the three televisions that kept him apprised of the news, and a portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who, Johnson said, gave him his great desire for public office.
Every day 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Seniors (62 and over) with valid ID: $7
Former military with valid ID: $5
Youth 13-17: $3
College students with valid ID: $3
Free admission to:
Children 12 and under
Active duty military
Members of Friends of the LBJ Library and Future Forum membership groups
Members of other NARA Presidential Libraries
Student groups (including school staff) with reservations
The University of Texas at Austin students, faculty, and staff with valid ID
Discover fossils, Texas wildlife, gems and minerals at the Texas Memorial Museum. There are spectacular specimens, including the largest flying creature ever found — the Texas Pterosaur, with a wingspan of nearly 40 feet.
The Buzz Saw Sharks of Long Ago
Helicoprion, a bizarre 270 million year old whorl-toothed shark that swam ancient seas covering much of western North America, has intrigued paleontologists for over a century. Explore the discoveries made by a team of scientists and a Helicoprion-obsessed artist that have shed new light on this fascinating fish. The cutting-edge research conducted by this team included scanning an exceptional Helicoprion fossil from Idaho at the University of Texas High-Resolution X-Ray CT Facility.
The Buzz Saw Sharks of Long Ago is a unique combination of science, art, and humor. It offers something for the whole family – fossils, original artwork by Ray Troll, life-sized sculptures by Gary Staab, and more!
The exhibit is organized by the Idaho Museum of Natural History in collaboration with Ray Troll.
This exhibit runs through September 22, 2018
2400 Trinity St.
Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
UT faculty, students, staff: Free
College students with valid ID: $4
Children 2-12: $5
Children under 2: Free