See what's happening during winter break 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.
2300 Red River St.
Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Friday, December 22, 2017 - Monday, January 1, 2018
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.
The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip. The Open Road explores the photographic road trip as a genre and America as an imaginative resource, presenting the stories of photographers for whom the American road was muse. More than 100 images spanning the 1950s to today suggest how photographers have discovered in the specific details of America’s vastness a means to reflect on place, time, and self.
The exhibition will be on view November 25, 2017 until January 7, 2018.
Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
December 24 and 31, 2017
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
Explore the collections at the Harry Ransom Center. View award-winning photography and film collections next to the Gutenberg Bible and the first photograph.
Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange, 1920–1945
Widely acknowledged as a critical chapter in the history of twentieth-century art, the rise of modernism in Mexico was activated by artists, museum curators, gallery owners, journalists, and publishers both in Mexico and the United States. These figures created and promoted an art that pioneered a synthesis of indigenous traditions, both ancient and contemporary, and international, modernist aesthetics.. The exhibition is currently on view through January 1, 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.
December 24 and 25, 2017
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.
President Johnson preferred to spend the Christmas holidays at his ranch in Texas. However, in 1967, Lady Bird convinced the president to spend Christmas at the White House instead. It was the first time since President Johnson took office that the family celebrated the holiday in Washington, D.C.
Now on view in the library's Great Hall, "Christmas 1967" displays photos and artifacts from that first-ever Johnson family White House Christmas.
Every day 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday, December 25, 2017 and Monday, January 1, 2018
- Adults: $10
- 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.
Spotlighted in the exhibits are spectacular specimens found in Texas, including the largest flying creature ever found — the Texas Pterosaur, with a wingspan of nearly 40 feet — and the 30-foot Onion Creek mosasaur that swam the shallow sea that once covered most of the state 80 million years ago.
2400 Trinity St.
Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, December 24, 2017 - Monday, January 1, 2018
UT faculty, students, staff: Free
College students with valid ID: $4
Children 2-12: $5
Children under 2: Free