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  • $9 for adults; free for kids 12 and younger
  • Tues-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Sun 1-5 p.m.

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  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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Sheltered on the University of Texas campus, the Blanton Museum of Art a must-see for any art enthusiast. Known as one of the largest university art museums in the country and home to more than 17,000 works of art – ranging from Renaissance and baroque pieces by renowned artists such as Rubens and Poussin to a sizeable collection of contemporary Latin-American art. The Blanton Museum of Art also features the largest private collection of master works in the United States. Recent visitors said the museum was smaller than they expected, but the unique collections are worth a look. 

Sitting across the street from the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Blanton Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open til 9 p.m. every third Thursday), Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and during university holidays, so check the school calendar before heading over. If you're looking for a bargain, visit this museum on Thursdays when it's free. Admission costs $9 for adults (free for children 12 and younger). Paid parking is available in the Brazos Garage on Brazos Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, located one block east of the museum. You can also access the museum via public transportation; the museum is served by regular bus routes Nos. 1, 5 and 7, and is accessible from the Museum Station stop on the Metro Rapid 801 route. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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Claudia Alta Taylor "Lady Bird" Johnson (wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson) founded the Wildflower Center to teach fellow botanists the importance of local flora.
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The Bullock Texas State History Museum displays items that illustrate Texas' vibrant history. Courtesy Bullock Texas State History Museum

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