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Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

605 Robert E Lee Rd, Austin, TX 78704
512-445-5582
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Ranked #58 of 180 attractions in Austin
Type: Art Museums
Owner description: Museum and garden dedicated to the works of American sculptor Charles Umlauf. The garden holds over 40 sculptures, framed by nature. Inside the... more » Owner description: Museum and garden dedicated to the works of American sculptor Charles Umlauf. The garden holds over 40 sculptures, framed by nature. Inside the gallery, rotating exhibits of Umlauf's more obscure pieces and other similar artists are on display. There are everyday activities for children and regular workshops/lectures for art-lovers of all ages. « less
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Austin, TX
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135 reviews 135 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Well, I've lived in Austin 10 years and finally got to go to Umlauf Sculpture Garden. Part of this is the limited hours (closing at 4 PM on a Saturday). I'm really glad I got to see this. The park is nicely landscaped, set in a beautiful Hill Country scene with a man made creek running through it. The sculptures... More

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

I wouldn't necessarily say it's a must see in Austin, but if you have extra time (or are really into art and sculptures) I would suggest this! Beautiful grounds and when we went, the gentleman at the front desk told us they are trying to restore the house on the property and possibly open that up to the public at... More

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North Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

A beautiful April spring afternoon in Austin. Especially after being inside all day from a work trip. Bring a friend and take time to read and talk about the sculptures. Take the short path to an overlook of a man-made brook and sit on the stone seat and let yourself unwind. (Note: Sculpture garden has real figures of men and... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Smaller than I expected, but nice grounds nonetheless. We unknowingly visited during "family day" and it was a pleasant surprise that we didn't have to pay to get in. Even though it was during a "free day", it wasn't too packed and felt very calming.

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Michigan
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

This garden is very well laid out, with periodically changing exhibitions presented in the museum. On the day we were there in February, 2014, a set of sculptures was featured that compared/contrasted the works of Charles Umlauf with his contemporary, Charles Williams (the former tending toward realism, the latter toward abstraction).. Visitors are provided with very nicely-produced guides, which contain... More

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Kemah, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

The day we visited, Sunday after Christmas, admission to this museum was free. There were some interesting pieces on exhibit inside, but the heart of the venue is the sculpture garden. The cast bronze and aluminum statues are placed throughout the garden, and each is labeled. There are benches to sit on in case one wants to just survey the... More

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

If you're thinking of going to a fun sculpture garden with loads of interesting pieces that show a variety of art styles, this isn't the place. My mistake was thinking that this would be like some of those grand public sculture gardens in other major cities where there are collections of a variety of sculptural styles and sizes. Here, it's... More

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

If you do not consider yourself an art enthusiast, skip this place. It is a nice place and well kept. If you plan to stare at and contemplate 20-30 statues, you will be delighted by this place. However, if you are just looking for a causal walk with some cool looking statues, don't bother paying $5 for this. I can... More

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

If your backyard looked like this, you would be creatively inspired, too. On a week-day afternoon [as long as the leaf-blower is not attempting the futile task of collecting leaves], the serene setting has plenty of photo-worthy options, and great places to sit and contemplate life. The autumn light reflecting through the trees gives a surreal tone to the sculptures,... More

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las vegas, nv
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13 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Our excellent docent started our visit off with a short film on Umlauf which added a lot to our knowledge of the sculptor. After the film we spent about 30 minutes walking the garden which had a concurrent show of one of his students going on. Much of his work is very engaging making you want to put you hands... More

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