Texas Art Museums

Outside of Dallas / Fort Worth

Most art museums have mutual agreements with other Texas museums, especially if you join at a higher level. Support your local art museum and you can often get into other art museums free! And ask for a discount in the gift shop, you can often save 10% or more.

Amarillo Art Museums

Cadillac Ranch, historic Route 66 and lots of interesting sites. Plus a nice art museum.

  • Amarillo Museum of Art   §   www.amarilloart.org/
      2200 S. Van Buren. (Amarillo, 79109), 806-371-5050. Free parking.

      Hours: Tue - Fri 10-5, Sat-Sun 1-5. Cost: Free.

      Comments: Located on the Amarillo College campus, the AMoA features Asian art, F.S.A. photographer Russell Lee, rotating exhibits and a Biennial exhibit.


    Austin Art Museums

    The Texas State Capital, bats under the Congress Avenue bridge, Town Lake, 6th Street bars, live music and art! Austin has it all! Plus an active group of private galleries. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is across from the new Blanton Museum.

    • The Contemporary Austin   §   www.thecontemporaryaustin.org
        700 Congress Ave. (Austin 78701), 512-453-5312. Parking on the street or parking lots (fee).

        Hours: Tue - Sat 10-7 , Sun Noon-5. Cost: $5.00.

        Comments: Located downtown, it features rotating exhibits of contemporary art. It is now part of the Austin Museum of Art. It has had several name changes over the years.

    • Austin Museum of Art - Laguna Gloria   §   www.amoa.org
        3809 W. 25th Street (Austin 78703), 512-458-8191. Free parking.

        Hours: Tue-Sun 10-4. Cost $5.00.

        Comments: The original location of the Austin Museum of Art. It's a little difficult to find, but a very scenic location. The small, historic building was once owned by Stephen F. Austin. Rotating exhibits of contemporary art.

    • Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art   §   www.blantonmuseum.org
        MLK & Congress Avenue, 512-471-7324. Fee parking nearby (check the website).

        Hours: Tue-Sat 10-5, Thur until 8. Sun 1-5. Cost: $9.00, Thursday is free.

        Comments: The new museum has a good contemporary art collection, a print collection, European art and much more. Worth the trip!

    • Harry Ransom Center   §   www.hrc.utexas.edu
        21st & Guadalupe, 512-471-8955. Fee parking nearby (check the website). Parking is often difficult.

        Hours: Tue-Sat 10-5, Thur until 7. Sun noon-5. Cost: Free.

        Comments: It has the best photographic collection in the world! Oh, and some old Bible is on display. And how about the worlds first photograph! A must see!

      While near UT visit the gallery in the art building at 23rd& San Jancinto. It's a few blocks away. Parking can be difficult on campus.


Houston Art Museums

Houston has some great art museums and perhaps the most active gallery scene in Texas. Art is big in Houston. Don't miss NASA, Galveston Island and the free 2.7 mile Port Bolivar Ferry either.

The Houston gallery scene is very strong. Major galleries are listed at the Houston Art Dealers Association web site. Many galleries are located on Colquitt near Kirby. You can park and walk to several venues.

  • Contemporary Art Museum   §   www.camh.org
      5216 Montrose Blvd., 713-284-8250. Free parking on the street.

      Hours: Tue - Sat 10-5, Thur until 9, Sun noon-5. Cost: Free!

      Comments: Near the MFA (below). Rotating contemporary art exhibits.

    Matisse at the MFA-H
  • Museum of Fine Arts   §   www.mafh.org
      1001 Bissonnett, 713-639-7300. Parking on the street.

      Hours: Tue, Wed 10-5, Thur 10-9, Fri, Sat 10 - 7, Sun 12:15-7. Cost: $7.00. Thursday is free.

      Comments: Outdoor sculpture garden and a great permanent collection in two buildings. Has many large touring exhibitions. An excellent museum. Don't miss the tunnel!

      Shown to the right: Woman in a Purple Coat, Henri Matisse, 1937 at the MFA-H.

  • The Menil Collection   §   www.menil.org
      1515 Sul Ross, 713-525-9400. Plenty of free parking on the street or a lot at 1515 West Alabama.

      Hours: Wed - Sun 11-7. Cost: Free!

      Comments: The Rothko Chapel and Cy Twombley Gallery (great building, I don't get the art) is nearby. The collection consists of an outstanding collection of dada, modern andcontemporary art. Plus African and other art. Not far from several private galleries. There is something special about the Menil - I just love it!

Other Houston Area Art Venues

  • Lawndale Art Center   §   www.lawndaleartcenter.org/
      2711 Main, 713-528-5858. Free parking.

      Hours: Mon - Fri 10 - 5; Sat noon-5. Cost: Free!

      Comments: Large non-commercial art space with several galleries. The hip space exhibits contemporary art.

  • Galveston Arts Center   §   www.galvestonartscenter.com
      2127 The Strand (Galveston), 409-763-2403. Plenty of metered parking on the street or pay lots.

      Hours: Tue - Sat 11-5; Sun noon-5. Cost: Free!

      Comments: A nice space in the heart of the Island. They show regional artists.


San Antonio Art Museums

San Antonio is a great place to visit for a lot of reasons -- including the art! Of course, don't miss the Riverwalk and Alamo downtown. There are many small art galleries around the Riverwalk.
  • McNay Museum   §   www.mcnayart.org
      6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., 210-824-5368. Free parking.

      Hours: Tue - Fri 10-4, Thur until 9, Sat 10-5, Sun 12 -5. Cost: Free!

      Comments: It's a beautiful building and an interesting collection. The Tobin Collection of Theater Arts is very unique. Also has travelling exhibitions.

  • San Antonio Museum of Art   §   www.samuseum.org
      200 West Jones, 210-978-8138.

      Hours: Tue - Sat 10-5, Tue until 8, Sun noon-6. Cost: $8.00.

      Comments: The SA Museum is in the old Lone Star Brewery, a very cool conversion! The collection includes Egyptian, tremendous Mexican and South American art, some nice 19th Century American paintings and interesting contemporary art. It's a fairly broad collection. It has a large space for travelling exhibits too.

Other Art Venues

  • Artpace   §   www.artpace.org
      445 N. Main St., 210-212-4900. Parking on the street.

      Hours: Wed - Sun noon-5, Thur until 8. Cost: Free!

      Comments: Rotating contemporary art shows.

  • Blue Star Art Space   §   www.bluestarcomplex.com/
      116 Blue Star, 210-227-6960. Free parking. Free!

      Hours: Wed - Sun 12-6.

      Comments: Near the Riverwalk, rotating contemporary art. There are several commercial galleries in the complex.


East Texas Art Museums

  • Tyler Museum of Art §   www.tylermuseum.org
      1300 S. Mahon, Tyler, TX 75901; phone 903-595-1001.

      Hours: Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. Cost: $3.50.

      Comments: Located on the East side of Tyler Junior College, the gallery is easy to find. It's large university space. They show a permanent collection and rotating exhibits.

  • The Art Center §   www.art.sfasu.edu
      329 East Main Street, Nacogdoches, TX; phone 936-468-5500.

      Hours: Varies, call. Cost: Free!

      Comments: Located in a historic building in downtown Nacogdoches. The large gallery is run by Stephen F. Austin University. There is also a smaller gallery on the university campus. The Texas Nationals and other exhibitions hang here.


West Texas Art Museums

West Texas has art too! And don't forget to visit Big Bend.
  • Chinati Foundation   §  www.chinati.org
      Marfa, Texas, 915-729 4362.

      Hours: Guided tour only, check the website. $10 for adults.

      Comments: Located on 340 acres it features work by the founder Donald Judd, Dan Flavin and others. Better make reservations!

  • El Paso Museum of Art   §   www.elpasoartmuseum.org
      One Arts Festival Plaza (Santa Fe and Main streets), 915-532-1707.

      Hours: Tue-Sat 9-5, Thur until 9, Sun noon-5. Cost: Free!

      Comments: The exhibit a collection and traveling exhibits in the new building.

  • Museum of the Southwest   §   http://www.museumsw.org
      1775 Missouri, Midland TX; 432-683-2882.

      Hours: Tue - Sat 10-5, Sun 2-5. Free!

      Comments: Also has a children's museum and a planetarium.

  • San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts   §   www.samfa.org
      One Love Street, San Angelo TX; 325-653-3333.

      Hours: Tue-Sat 10-4, Sun 1-4. Cost: $2.00.

      Comments: Unique building by Hardy Holtzman Pfeiffer Architects. They have a small collection and traveling exhibits.


South Texas Art Museums

  • Art Museum of South Texas   §  www.artmuseumofsouthtexas.org/
      1902 Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, Texas; 361-825-3500.

      Hours: Tue - Sat 10 - 5, Sun 1 -5. $6.00.

      Comments: A Phillip Johnson building.


    Other Texas Museums and Resources

    • Texas Association of Museums   §   http://www.io.com/~tam
        Trade organization.

        Comments: Art and other types of museums in Texas.

    • Texas Commission on the Arts   §   www.arts.state.tx.us
        Site by the State of Texas.

        Comments: Art, music and more.

    • Texas Twisted   §   www.texastwisted.com
        Some arty and wacky places in Texas.

        Comments: Fun!