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Austin, TX 78752
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Arts & Museums
Many years later, when your kids ask you what computers and hard disks were, take them to this place. The Museum of Computer Culture has one of the most extensive collections of hardware and software from the Information Age collected over the years, with most of the exhibits being donated. Some of these are vintage pieces that would make any tech geeks heart melt, along with informative tid-bits which make for great general knowledge. Refer to website for details.
Classes in tile and mosaic, wheel throwing, hand building, and color development and glaze are offered for the budding or up-and-coming artist. Classes run eight weeks and cost $155 with the glazing and firing of your pieces included. The studio is a large space with worktables and kilns, all located behind a small gallery showcasing the work of local potters. Artwork on display includes one-of-a-kind vases, jars, bowls and plates. The studio sells 25-pound bags of clay and on Saturday afternoons during the spring season, professional Austin area potters present two-hour technique demonstrations.
This museum has grown into one of the most fabulous experiences for children in Austin. Find out about the development of children from birth to adolescence, climb a "time tower," and learn about everything from dinosaurs to computers. Special programs for children and their parents are regular parts of the museum's curriculum. Take tiny tots to the 2-and-under special explore time, or learn about multimedia with your teen. With excellent specialty programs and wonderful exhibits, this is a museum the whole family can enjoy.
Located in Austin's Hyde Park neighborhood, Mondo Gallery is a film buff's haven. Inside, patrons will find action figures, customized posters, stickers, and T-shirts of cult film favorites (Troll 2, anyone?). Why would you just want to peruse the artworks when you can purchase some to adorn your walls at home? The staff at Mondo also sells DVDs and VHSs of rare, obscure, cult films. You can also get a tee shirt with a poster of your favorite film printed on it.
El Taller Gallery features an impressive collection of Southwest art at reasonable prices. A good majority of the work is by famed local artist and previous gallery owner Amado Pena, who paints Southwest and Mexican cultural scenes. The work of Native American artist R.C. Gorman is also featured. Other offerings of the gallery include Southwest-style jewelry, Mexican textiles, handmade Pueblo pottery and Zapotec Indian weavings.
This museum features art by local, national and international artists, with an emphasis on local creations. It houses frequent exhibitions as well as permanent collections, with a rotating selection of artwork and artists. Paintings tend to be of the modern, abstract, surreal or futuristic varieties, usually with imaginative use of color. The museum also showcases artists' other creations, including jewelry and furniture.
Austin Art Space serves as both a work space and a showcase for artists. Many different genres of art are conceived and displayed here. The gallery is open on Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment. The studios are open on weekdays for artists. Call or see the website for more information.
This commercial art gallery has more than 2,000 square feet of space. It is located in Flatbed World Headquarters, a huge warehouse redeveloped as an arts center, which houses Flatbed's offices and publishing workshop along with seven other arts tenants. The gallery specializes in original prints and also exhibits and markets paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and installation art. The space, which is ultra-modern and attractively lit, is available on a limited basis as a meeting room, reception area and temporary gallery for rent.
For those interested in dinosaurs and rocks, this is a great museum for you. Texas Memorial Museum focuses on collections of Texas and the New World, including an extensive Texas Natural History collection and core collections from the 1936 Texas Centennial celebrations. There is a huge variety of artifacts supporting historical and anthropological research, including collections amassed by faculty, staff and students. New artifacts are continuously added, so repeat visits are highly recommended. Admission is free.
One of the most visited presidential libraries in the nation, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum is supplied with information regarding one of the most controversial times in United States history. Peeking inside the life of the 36th President, Lyndon Baines Johnson, the LBJ tapes provide listeners the opportunity to learn about the John F. Kennedy assassination and the Vietnam War. Along with the famous tapes, visitors can see a to-scale replica of the Oval Office, political memorabilia and more than 39 million pages of historical notes. Plan on a full day at this library and museum, but if you are a real history buff, you will barely scratch the surface of what this fantastic archive has to offer.
Located on the University of Texas campus, inside Sid Richardson Hall, is this unique library of archives, holding the largest collection of Texana. Several rotating and permanent exhibitions are showcased at the Center for American History, along with the Texas Music Collection. The collection features vintage posters from the Armadillo World Headquarters, a popular live music venue in the 1970s. Visitors also enjoy the Stevie Ray Vaughan Collection and the entire New York Times archive. Admission is free.
This hidden treasure is an offbeat and charming museum of arbitrary collections, including train tokens from all over the world. Sometimes special local events are hosted here as well. The museum is maintained by Jen Hirt and Scott Webel, who run the tours. Be sure to check out the Ephemerata Gardens, and know that the couple keeps cats around the venue.