Museums & History close to Austin Rental Houses

Austin is a city located in Travis County, Texas. The city has many cultural offerings and people come to enjoy activities such as hiking, biking, golfing and shopping. As a result, Austin is a fun vacation spot and has manyrental houses. As you enjoy all that your Austin rental houses has to offer, don't forget to visit the local museums and historic areas as well. 

The Austin Museum of Art

The museum has two locations, one in downtown Austin and the other in the Laguna Gloria area. The Laguna Gloria museum is the museum's original home and is housed in a 1916 Italian-style villa. The museum has a small collection of nature-inspired artwork. Through contemporary 20th and 21st century art, the downtown museum seeks to reflect the diverse and unconventional culture of Austin. The artwork on permanent display features the work of local, national and international artists and uses media such as canvas, video and photography. Both museums are open Tuesday through Sunday. Parking at the AMOA-Laguna Gloria is free. A visit to either of these museums would be a nice day trip from your Austin vacation home. 

The Austin Children's Museum 

Also located in downtown Austin is the Austin Children's Museum. The museum is 12,500 square feet of interactive exhibits that can be enjoyed by children and adults. One of the interactive exhibits is the "En mi familia/In My Family" exhibit. Inspired by the work of Carmen Lomas Garza, this exhibit teaches visitors about the different ways families celebrate special occasions. Another exhibit is the "Tinkerer's Workshop", which helps visitors develop problem solving skills through the use of building blocks. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free on Sundays, from 4 to 5 p.m.

The Mexic-Arte Museum

The Mexic-Arte Museum is Texas' official Mexican and Mexican-American fine art museum. The museum has prints, paintings, sculptures, masks and photographs that highlight and details the culture of Mexican Americans in central Texas and Mexicans as a whole. The "Photographs of the Revolution by Agustin Victor Casasola" exhibit details the early 1900s Mexican Revolution. The exhibit is a series of photographs that capture the revolution and effects of the revolution in Mexico. Another exhibit features the lithographs, fine arts and etchings by the Mexican American printer, Ernest De Soto. Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

The South Austin Museum of Popular Austin

The South Austin Museum of Popular Austin houses the work of the Armadillo Art Squad. The Armadillo Art Squad is known for their work with rock art and influence on Austin culture. The museum also presents various cultural works through permanent exhibits, documents and artistic interpretative art exhibitions. The "Peyote Dreams" is one of the exhibits and is a 24-foot by 8-foot mural. Created in 1974 by Ken Featherston, this mural is made up of a collection of poster art. Other permanent exhibits feature contemporary artists' works from around the world. 

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