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Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

Address: 605 Robert E Lee Rd, Austin, TX 78704
Phone Number: 512-445-5582
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Ranked #52 of 142 Attractions in Austin
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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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.

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fleetwood, ny
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A great morning exploration and a quick cab ride from hotels on Congress street, Umlauf is a short and sweet walk around lovely grounds with some thoughtful landscaping and lovely sculptures. Won't take you long to see the whole thing, so make it a part of a larger exploration of that area of town altogether! Most impressive part is that... More

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Austin, TX
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179 reviews 179 reviews
78 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
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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141 reviews 141 reviews
57 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
182 reviews 182 reviews
14 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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139 reviews 139 reviews
48 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
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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