Austin Museum Walk (Self Guided), Austin

Austin has a wide range of museums dedicated to art, music, literature and history. The beautiful Victorian Bremond District preserves some of the city’s most stunning architecture. This tour will introduce some of Austin’s most prominent museums.
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Austin Museum Walk Map

Guide Name: Austin Museum Walk
Guide Location: USA » Austin (See other walking tours in Austin)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: christine
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Texas Museum of Music
  • O. Henry Museum
  • Bremond Block Historic District
  • Austin History Center
  • The Capitol Visitors Center
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Texas Museum of Music

1) Texas Museum of Music

Since Austin is the capital of music festivals, the Texas Museum of Music, established in 1984, is dedicated to the most noted contemporary musical contributions. The museum displays a huge collection, including rare cassettes, LPs and CDs, photos, various original recordings and memorabilia, preserving America’s musical heritage.

Operation hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 12 pm- 4 pm.
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O. Henry Museum

2) O. Henry Museum (must see)

This little Victorian cottage was the house of famous American writer William Sydney Porter, known as O. Henry, from 1893 to 1895. The house was built in 1886, located at 308 East 4th Street. When the neighborhood became a warehouse district, to avoid its demolition, the cottage was relocated to its present address. It preserves some of O. Henry's belongings, such as books and manuscripts. It also contains the original period furniture and photographs of O. Henry's life in Austin. The house became his museum in 1934.

Operation hours: Wednesday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Bremond Block Historic District

3) Bremond Block Historic District (must see)

The Bremond Block Historic District is a collection of eleven historic homes in downtown Austin, constructed from the 1850s to 1910.

The block was added to National Register of Historic Places in 1970, and is considered one of the few remaining upper-class Victorian neighborhoods of the middle to late nineteenth century in Texas. Six of these houses were built or expanded for members of the families of brothers Eugene and John Bremond, who were prominent in late-nineteenth-century Austin social, merchandising, and banking circles. They are located within the square block bordered by West Seventh, West Eighth, Guadalupe, and San Antonio streets. The district also includes several houses on the west side of San Antonio and the south side of West Seventh, at least three of which were built or altered by the North family.

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Austin History Center

4) Austin History Center

The Austin History Center is located in a beautiful 1933 limestone building, designed in the Italian Renaissance style by architect and founding dean of the University of Texas School of Architecture, Hugo Kuehne. The building is considered the most successful of Kuehne's work. Originally, this building served as a public library, but in 1979 it became the city’s historical archive. It also serves as a research center.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm; Sunday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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The Capitol Visitors Center

5) The Capitol Visitors Center (must see)

The Capitol Visitors Center is located in the southeast corner of the State Capitol grounds. Built in 1856, it is the oldest office building in Austin, serving as the General Land Office until 1918. In 1994, the building became the visitor center, providing information about Texas history and the everyday activities of the capitol.

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