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The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center

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Address: 700 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-3217
Phone Number: +1 512-453-5312
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Contemporary Austin reflects the spectrum of contemporary art through...

The Contemporary Austin reflects the spectrum of contemporary art through exhibitions, commissions, education, and the collection. The museum has two distinct yet complementary locations, the Jones Center downtown and Laguna Gloria, a fourteen-acre site on Lake Austin, which is home to the Driscoll Villa, Gatehouse Gallery, the Art School, and the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria.

Exhibitions at The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center change approximately three times per year. Visit our website for information on current exhibitions.

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Cool place with art I don't quite get!

I went to the Contemporary in December during their Holiday celebration. It was so much fun walking around the museum, participating in the activities and just hanging out on the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 15, 2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2016

Try to go on Tuesday when it is free admission. Currently there is a really wild and fun exhibit by the lead singer of Devo. There are pipe organs he made out of discarded tubes and whistles and there is an interactive loft at the very back where you can take pictures of yourself wearing Devo hats and masks.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2016

I went to the Contemporary in December during their Holiday celebration. It was so much fun walking around the museum, participating in the activities and just hanging out on the rooftop. I cannot speak to what it is like the rest of the year, but if you happen to be in Austin on the weekend of the Christmas Tree lighting... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

We visited yesterday to view the current exhibition "Strange Pilgrims" which was interactive and quite interesting. The usd5 fee also gives you access to the Laguna Gloria site which is worth the drive ftom the city.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 via mobile

There are two rooms with minimal art. $10 for a couple (mandatory, no longer donation-based). See picture, that's about the extent of the first floor.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

We lucked out in the timing of our visit. A new exhibit of Robert Therrien's work had just opened the night before so admission was free. The venue is small but well laid out, we spent about an hour there and felt like we spent a perfect amount of time. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable and was excited about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

If you like contemporary art and interesting architecture, you should stop in to Arthouse when in Austin. There are also special events and the rooftop space is particularly cool - it has a nice view of the city.

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