On the Colorado River, on the border with the Edwards Plateau, lies the beautiful capital of Texas, Austin. It dates back in 1839 and it is the second largest capital in the USA.
Austin is a beautiful city and it is an important cultural, administrative and educational center of the US. If you are planning a trip in Austin you have to know that there are many beautiful museums and other attractions you can visit and experience an authentic Texan holiday.
Before arriving in Austin it is highly recommended to learn more about the local attractions and draw an itinerary, because there is so much to see and you don’t want to miss anything. Therefore, use the following guide to choose the places you want to visit and plan the best holiday:
The Bullock Texas State History Museum
Start your trip with a visit at the museum and learn more about the history of Texas. The Bullock History Museum isn’t just a place of the old, it combines the new with Texas’s history and it is the best way to start a trip, learning more about the region and enjoying a quality afternoon.
We consider this History Museum a place of the new and the modern, because here you can experience films, special programs and events of all sorts. The museum hosts a modern IMAX Theatre and many cultural and entertaining events, such as concerts, workshops and behind the scenes tours.
Texas Capitol Visitors Center
The State Capitol is the home of the State Governor’s Office and of the Chambers of the Texas Legislature. It is one of the most important attractions in Austin and its monuments and the 22 acres of beautiful grounds makes it even more popular.
The Visitors Center offers the tourists exhibitions and tours that are meant to teach them more about the Capitol and the National History.
The French Legation Museum
This is one of the most important old buildings in Austin and it was the home of the France Government in the Republic of Texas, before Texas became part of the USA. After its restoration, it became a museum, but it started organizing many entertaining activities, such as concerts, picnics, themed events, lectures or food events.
Moreover, it is still organizing tours, for the curious guests who want to learn more about the history of Texas.
The Memorial Museum
If we are talking about the museums you should visit in Austin, Texas, the Texas Memorial Museum of Science and History is a must. This museum belongs to the University of Texas and it is just one part of its Natural Science Center.
The museum boasts with about five million specimens, composing their biology, amphibian, fish and insect collections.
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
If you love learning, if reading is your passion, this is the place to be. With more than 45 million pages of papers and historical documents and books, this museum is loved by the tourists and by the locals as well. It organizes every year tens of events, book signings, lectures and many exhibitions.
The most important exhibitions are permanent, such as the “Civil Rights” one, but the museum organizes as well temporary ones, covering many fields of interest, such as music – the “The Beatles” exhibition.
The Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum
If you love nature, if you like to explore gardens and beautiful parks, the Umlauf Gardens will impress you. This museum and its magnificent gardens display 20th century sculptures created by the well-known sculptor Charles Umlauf.
The superb gardens will transform a usual museum experience into an evening you will never forget. Moreover, check if there is any concert held in the period you are visiting Austin and if it is, don’t miss it, because it will be a once in a life time opportunity!