There are plenty of awesome Austin museums that are fun and educational for the whole family. For a list of all area museums, you can check out the Austin Museum Partnership website for plenty of information. Below you’ll find some of our favorites for taking the kids.
1. The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria
In addition to the art displays and exhibitions, the Contemporary Austin Laguna Gloria hosts a family-friendly art-making workshop every second Saturday of the month.
2. French Legation Museum
One of our personal favorites, this beautiful park and museum has a ton of history about early Austin settlers, as well as an enormous grassy area for kids to play on.
3. Museum of the Weird
Is your kid interested in UFOs, ghosts, even Bigfoot? The Museum of the Weird is the place to find out mysterious happenings and sightings, and pick up some souvenirs from the Lucky Lizard Gift Shop.
The name says it all. The whole family is guaranteed to have a blast at this Mueller Austin museum, featuring cool events and exhibits year round.
5. Austin Nature and Science Center
A great place to take your kid to learn some science while they’re out of school. Way better than a textbook. Make sure they check out the Dino Pit, and they’ll likely agree.
6. Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
This historic “living history” museum has all kinds of nature workshops, badge workshops, and campouts. Your kid will have a blast in the great outdoors.
7. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
Take a look at all of the cool youth programs the MACC is offering this summer for kids to learn about Mexican culture and heritage.
8. Austin Steam Train
This one’s a mobile museum, where you can ride an historic steam train! A fun informative ride for the whole family.
9. Sfanthor! House of Wax
This wax museum is dedicated exclusively to classic horror, science fiction and fantasy films and was started by the husband-and-wife team behind the world famous Museum of the Weird.
10. Austin Fire Museum
Check out the history of the Austin Fire Department at this informative museum. Learn about the legendary fires of the area and the heroes who put them out.