Museums in Austin can teach us a lot.

Whether you’re new to Austin or a native Texan, these are the best 5 museums in Austin for getting a great history lesson.


Bullock Texas State History Museum

This museum across MLK from the University of Texas campus tells the official history of Texas. The giant bronze Texas Lone Star outside tells you you’re in the right place. However, the museum doesn’t gloss over the rougher parts of Texas history such as slavery, segregation and more. Texas’ history is well-represented from the days when Texas was part of Mexico to the space race. Free on the first Sunday of each month.


LBJ Presidential Library and Museum

This museum in Austin is on the University of Texas campus. It is the official home of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s presidential papers. Kids and adults alike will love the talking animatronic LBJ.  The museum is free several days a year, check the website for details.


The Harry Ransom Center

The Harry Ransom Center is another of the museums in Austin located on the University of Texas campus. They have a huge collection of important papers and other items for Humanities researchers. For that reason, you do need an appointment to look at many of their items. However, their permanent exhibits are available to the general public and include the first photograph and a Gutenberg Bible. The HRC also has rotating exhibits. Added bonus; this is one of the rare free museums in Austin.


George Washington Carver Museum

This museum is focused on the experiences and history of persons of African descent in Austin, Texas and the US. Its galleries include an exhibit on Juneteenth and Austin African-American families. It also has an Artists’ Gallery and a children’s exhibit on African-American scientists and inventors. The Carver is a great place to learn about the contributions of people who have often been erased from mainstream history books. Located in the heart of East Austin, the African-American historic district, you can even attend this museum in Austin for free.


Briscoe Center for American History

The Belo Mural, commissioned in the 1940’s by A.H. Belo Corporation, chronicles the history of Belo-owned Texas newspapers between 1842 and 1949. The mural painted by a team led by renowned Texas artist Perry Nichols. The finished work painted on large canvas strips was installed in the upper lobby of the Dallas Morning News headquarters in 1949. The original mural is now preserved at the Briscoe Center for American History in Austin,Texas. These 2 photos of a news boy holding the Dallas Morning News are of a small section of a reproduction of mural on display at the Briscoe Center. I’m on the Advisory Council at the Briscoe Center. @ashphotog @benjaminmack #dallasmorningnews #austintx #visitaustintx #igaustintx #history #briscoecenterforamericanhistory #visittexas #texas #texashistory #texasart

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Adjacent to the LBJ Museum, this smaller history museum in Austin is often overlooked. This leading history research center collects and preserves items that encompass key themes in Texas and U.S. History. Free.


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