Beat the Heat in a Museum

During these dog days of summer, staying cool takes top priority. But that doesn’t mean your kids have to stay at home all day. Take advantage of the many free museums around Austin to get out of the house, learn a little something new, and stay cool—all at the same time!


History: Brush Square Museums

A pair of small museums nestled on one downtown city block will transport you to a by-gone era of Austin’s history. The Susanna Dickinson Museum tells the story of the woman known as the messenger of the Alamo. The O. Henry Museum details the life of William Sydney Porter, better known by his pen name as O. Henry. Porter lived and worked in Austin for several years, founding a newspaper and serving in the General Land Office.


Art: Elisabet Ney Museum

Feast your eyes on a huge collection of sculptures by this German-born rebel of an artist who lived and worked in the house that now holds her museum in Hyde Park. Besides sculptures, you’ll be able to see artifacts from Ney’s life. The grounds have been restored to a natural prairie landscape, for an immersive experience.


Science: Sheffield Education Center

The converted bath house at Barton Springs Pool inside Zilker Park now hosts a museum dedicated to the history, science and culture of Barton Springs. You’ll walk through rooms made to look like caverns, engaging with hands-on exhibits and watching fascinating videos about the springs. Whether you dip your toes in the pool or not, you’ll find a new appreciation for our watershed at this education center.


This is just a taste of the many museums in the greater Austin area. Find our July issue or visit our website to learn more!


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