Located on the University of Texas campus, and across the street from the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Blanton Art Museum was a great place to view interesting collections and exhibits ranging from modern art installations to 16th century portraits to Remington wild west sculpture to a particularly noteworthy collection of Latin American art.
We recommend the Blanton to other visitors to Austin as a "go to" site.
Had we known a couple of things in advance, we might have planned a longer visit. So we'll share those things here so other visitors might know about them in advance. Regardless of whether you want to make a quick tour through the museum, or linger longer, this is definitely worth the time investment if you're visiting Austin.
1) On the second floor of the Blanton, in the corner that overlooks the Bob Bullock Texas History museum, there is a resource room devoted to learning about art. There are videos available that are documentaries about artists, books, and learning terminals keyed to specific art history and art topics. This is an amazing resource. Access to this room alone is worth the price of admission for casual or serious students of art.
2) At the Blanton desk you can pick up a copy of a walking tour map to see outdoor art installations on the University campus. Both weather (it was pouring rain on the day of our visit) and time restraints prevented us from doing this. But if you have the time, the campus is beautiful and this would be a great "foot tour" to take.
3) Admission for adults is $9. Admission is free for everyone on Thursdays. We tend to avoid free admission days to avoid crowds at museums. But if it works out best for someone to have admission fee waived, Thursdays it is.
...PARKING spaces, including accessible parking spaces, are located on street near the Blanton but they are few and often taken. Your best bet for parking is to use one of the nearby garages. Acquainting yourself with where the garages are before your visit is helpful. See the web page here to do that. http://blantonmuseum.org/visit/parking/
…...ACCESSIBILITY is good - all rooms and exhibits are fully accessible to people pushing strollers or using wheelchairs and there is an elevator between floors. If you want to explore accessibility “how tos” more fully in advance of your visit, see the web page linked here. http://blantonmuseum.org/visit/accessibility
...The museum’s CAFE is in a building across a walkway and has a nice outside area to sit and enjoy the lovely plaza and people watching with a light snack or cup of java. The GIFT STORE is also located there.
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