Seeking the coolth? Museums always offer a chill local getaway

Like we said, museums typically keep it a constant low-humidity 72 degrees inside to protect delicate art and historical objects.

That makes museum the perfect afternoon’s chill getaway in the stifling midsummer heat. And even if you’ve lived in Austin for a while, it’s good to re-visit familiar places. (Hint: Museums change it up way more often than you think.)

Our interactive map and guide to Austin many museums is here:

And here’s few top picks to get you started:

  • Just in case you haven’t noticed, it’s a presidential election year. Seems like a good time to head to the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum to brush up on a little history, no?  For example, did you remember that it was 52 years ago this month — on July 2, 1964 — President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act?
President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
  • At the Bullock Texas State History Museum, “Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture”  is a multi-media exhibit organized by the American Museum of Natural History that explores the historical, cultural and scientific intersection of humans and food.
From the exhibit "Our Global Kitchen" at the Bulllock Museum.
From the exhibit “Our Global Kitchen” at the Bulllock Museum.
  • This summer Blanton Museum of Art pairs a stunning (and important) exhibit of Spanish master Francisco de Goya, Goya: Mad Reason, with an monumental yet ethereal installation, Book from the Sky, by Chinese artist Xu Bing.
Xu Bing's "Book from the Sky"
Xu Bing’s “Book from the Sky”



Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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