The Blanton Museum of Art, located inside the UT campus is one of the premiere art museums in the entire nation. The Blanton houses the largest and most extensive art collection in the entire Central Texas region. Boasting over 17,000 works of art, The Blanton has won numerous awards for their extensive collection of art on display and are known for their collection of European paintings in particular. Visiting The Blanton is a moving experience indeed!
The museums collection of various drawings and print art focuses on Latin America and American art. The Blanton Museum is the shinning jewel of UT Austin along with The Harry Ransom Center and a number of other Austin cultural centers in the same area. The museum is located on MLK BLVD downtown and is directly located across the street from The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. If you’re a new mover to Austin and want to have a rich historical experience with your family then be sure to check out the The Blanton Museum!
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum has had almost 8 million visitors move through its doors since its initial launch in 2001 and is a prized Austin gem. This year the museum has showcased a broad diversity of Texas history that has spanned from the Texas music icon Stevie Ray Vaughan to the people and places that were associated with the Texas slave trade and has even had exhibitions that tell the story that Texas has played in the evolution of the electronic gaming. It’s a definite must see for anyone moving to Austin.
The LBJ Presidential Library is one of the only 14 presidential libraries that were managed through the Federal Archives and Records Administration. Whenever they were first built, President Johnson declared”It’s all here, the story of our time—with the bark off. There is no record of a mistake, or an unpleasantness or a criticism that is not included in the files here.” Fast forward to today and library truly has an expansive collection, with over 45 million pages, an audiovisual collection that has over 650,000 pictures and over 5,000 recorded hours, it’s enough moving content to keep you busy for a lifetime! The core of the collection is made up of LBJ’s papers and contains White House records from his term as president from 1963 to 1969. Interested in presidential history? Then this is the Austin museum for you!
If you’re more a left brain type of thinker then you definitely need to check out The Harry Ransom Center. Located on the UT Austin campus, The Ransom Center houses a collection that focuses on creative pieces of art, mainly photography, literature, art, film and performing arts such as theater. The museum offers a number of engaging displays that allow for interactive access in the areas of publications, research and exhibitions. The Ransom Center doesn’t stop there, it also allows long distance movers to Austin, who might not know anything about the city, to take part and attend engaging panels and publications that will sure to give you a new found respect for the Austin arts!
The Thinkery Children’s Museum was established in Austin in 1983 by a number of educators and parents that wanted kids to have broad access to educational opportunities. The Thinkery’s first house was built in 1987 and the 5,000 square foot museum began a 10 year mission of presenting amazing experiences, showcasing exhibits and hosting world class educational programs that are targeted to children and families. Their reputation has expanded across the country as a top notch children’s museum and a they are a source of Austinite pride!