Explore & Have Fun

It’ll be hard not to stay busy on a campus as active as The University of Texas at Austin.

The Arts

Museums, Libraries & Galleries

Blanton Museum SoundSpace PerformanceThe gems of the university await you in the exhibitions, gallery spaces and halls of our cultural treasures.

From the nine million volumes of the university’s library system to the arts, history, environment and sciences collections of the museums and arts and cultural centers on and off campus, you can spend a lifetime in discovery and exploration on campus. Some of these destinations include:

When you browse the rich media resources of the Fine Arts Library, you won't be disappointed. The collection includes about 500,000 books and scores, 400 serial subscriptions, 47,000 compact discs, 9,000 DVDs, 17,000 video cassettes and videodiscs, 6,200 reels of microfilm, 24,000 microfiche and more than 100,000 LPs.

The Performing Arts

Texas Performing Arts has many ways students can get involved -- from discounted student tickets to Hook ‘Em Arts, the student organization of Texas Performing Arts. Get more information on what Texas Performing Arts has to offer you.

The Department of Theatre and Dance puts on many productions throughout the year. Learn more about the student ticket package and student admission to departmental shows.

Visit Arts & Attractions to learn more about the museums and arts and cultural centers on and off campus.

Beyond the Forty Acres

If you find yourself hankering for the open road and wanting to explore the university beyond the Forty Acres, you can make your way south of Austin to Port Aransas and to the west Texas post of Fort Davis to explore the wonders of the sea and the stars at the Marine Science Institute and the McDonald Observatory.

The Entertainment

University Unions

Student Activities Center

The University Unions manages four unique student facilities; Hogg Memorial Auditorium, Student Activity Center, the Student Services Building and the Texas Union.
 
The Texas Union was built in 1933 to serve as a college independent community center or "living room" on campus. The Unions expanded to include the Student Activity Center in 2011 to offer more study and event spaces for students and now manages Hogg Memorial Auditorium as a student-centric programming space for creative events.
 
Whether you love music, movies or just hanging out, the University Unions has something fun to offer. Check out the Texas Union to see the Cactus Cafe & Bar for one of Austin’s great acoustic music traditions or the Underground for a variety of leisure options from bowling to billiards. Stop by the Student Activity Center to grab a bite from one of our four food vendors or catch a play in the Black Box Theater.
 
The University Unions is also a great organization to take part in exciting leadership opportunities or get involved with a variety of student groups. Visit the Student Events Center for listings.

Get to Know Campus

On the Tower Observation Deck Tours, take a special guided look around the observation deck of the university's landmark Tower and explore the architecture, interior and more.

The Landmarks Public Art Program gets you up close and personal with contemporary and modern art sculptures placed throughout campus. The program brings the finest works of public art to the main campus to support the university as a leading research institution, enhance its aesthetic character and provide a source of civic pride and welfare.