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“Definitely worth a visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Blanton Museum of Art

The Blanton Museum of Art
200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd at Congress Ave, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78701
512 471 7324
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Ranked #19 of 294 things to do in Austin
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Owner description: This university art museum has a spectacular collection of 20th century American masters and the United State's largest collection of Latin American art.
Bend, OR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
“Definitely worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

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.

Visited January 2012
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Corpus Christi, Texas
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“The building is a work of art, too”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

The Blanton is a lovely, lovely building. I love seeing the art, but the architecture is consistently and stunningly beautiful.

Visited July 2011
Thank JosiahVinson
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Austin, Texas
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“Cool oasis in the city.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

I love walking into the cool quiet on a summer's day to just absorb the beauty of the surroundings. The traveling exhibits are always good, but the permanent collection is stimulating also.

Thank Donnae420Austin
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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“Excellent Museum, just the right size.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

We visited the museum a few weekends ago, while we visited Austin for the weekend. I like museums that are not overwhelmingly large. This was just the right size with a variety of art styles to see. Some of the modern art is way beyond my undertanding of what makes art worthy of being in a museum, but it is always interesting. They had a special exhibit of some art from the Hudson school of western art, and that was great. Overall a great afternoon. We also had a discount coupon from a tour map we had gotten from one of the local bars. So it was inexpensive too. Don't skip the gift shop that is actually in the building across the courtyard from the museum, it is great!!

Thank krwilden
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“Go for the atrium, stay for the paintings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

The Blanton really is a beautiful museum, filled with fine art-- as you would expect. I love the blue atrium, which is itself a work of art.

Thank katytudi
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