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“Interesting and Well-organized Exhibits”

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
Ranked #39 of 338 things to do in Austin
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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.
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 excellent descriptions of the garden's permanent sculptures. There's an admission fee, but the Umlauf facility has reciprocity agreements with a number of museums across the U.S., so if you belong to one of those there is no charge.

Although situated alongside a fairly busy road, the sounds of traffic are barely noticeable from the garden itself, so you get the added benefit of a peaceful place to walk around outdoors, not far from downtown Austin.

3  Thank MichiganBanjoMan
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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 sculptures or sit peacefully. There is a small waterfall and a little pond which is somewhat overgrown. The garden seems to be in need of some sprucing up, but, even though the day was not exceptionally warm, I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere. This place would undoubtedly be beautiful when things are in bloom. There is parking by the museum and additional parking across the highway. This is a place that I think could be just as enjoyable on subsequent visits.
There is also a video that explains the history of the sculpture garden that can be viewed before touring the actual garden.

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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 just a collection of sculptures from one artist. And, no disrespect to the artist himself, but the statues are pretty repetitive in terms of subject and composition.

So, if you really like this guy, have at it. But I'm not sure I'd recommend paying the price for this.

Otherwise, it's a rather nice stroll off the beaten track. The statues are meant to be touched, which is cool. But again, for a sculpture garden, just wasn't as interesting visually or artistically as I was expecting.

2  Thank Bret F
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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 appreciate the cost to maintain any public place, but you need to really love the statues to get your money's worth. There were not any signs even giving any history of the statues. Not a place for the casual couple.

2  Thank HometownVistor
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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, many of which have pronounced features resembling fairy tale characters. There are also some romantic alcoves off the main sculpture walk.

Thank ndmny
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