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The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin

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The Blanton Museum of Art is one of the foremost university art museums in the country and has the largest and most comprehensive collection of art in Central Texas.

The Blanton is free for UT students, faculty and staff with a current ID and it's free for children under age 12. Admission for the general public is free on Thursdays.
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  • I really loved this museum, $5 - $11 students to general admission but it was free Thursday, so I bought a membership in appreciation. I love to join museums when on vacation, as I get the news and ma...  more »
  • My wife is such a museum buff that she can literally pause to examine every item on exhibit and read its information. I'm pretty enthusiastic about museums myself and the Blanton is one of our favorit...  more »
  • Was amazed by the place. Didn't really expect much from a 'University' museum. Building is just beautiful. Don't expect the 'star power' artwork of NYC but the collection is delightful, and in a very ...  more »
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  • I wish I could give no stars. I am WHITE and like the reviewer below had a very unpleasant experience where we were followed and watched the whole time we were there. This is not a family friendly place whatsoever even though they have children's programs and advertise as family friendly. We drove 40 minutes to get to this museum and my children were very excited but unfortunately we were only at the museum for about 10 minutes because of a man with a ponytail who followed us from room to room ready to pounce at the first sign of my children touching ANYTHING. He was blunt, arrogant, unpleasant, inconsiderate, and rude. He should not be working in a place where he has to interact with other human beings in any way. The ladies at the two front desks were amazing and very kind, welcoming to my children and gave them sketch books. Soon as we hit the second level and caught the eye of Mr. Ponytail our experience totally changed.
  • If you are of any color at all please beware. You will be profiled at the door. I didn't even go on after getting a ticket for my family so I sent my boys and they were followed the whole time. Very unprofessional. We are a military family. I will not be back. This museum is good I guess if you are white or look white.
  • We just left San Antonio and my daughter really didn't enjoy SeaWorld at all. She got online on the way home and wanted to stop off in Austin on our way home to Plano. She chose Blanton Museum of Art. When we arrived the Museum seemed too contemporary for her in our opinion and we tried to see if she would prefer the Bullock Museum instead. She was insistent on her choice and we complied. We entered in and went in front to pay our entry and the front desk clerk asked if I was Military and I explained that I was a veteran from 1988-1992 and she let my family and I in for free. Upon entering, A very nice man asked us if we had any questions and kindly suggested a strategy for us to cover the entire Museum. We spent an hour and half there and very much enjoyed the Art. Wonderful museum!
  • Had great displays went I was there. Really cool. A lot of pieces are by "unknown artist" which, don't get me wrong, they are cool but I feel that saying is a copout. Overall, nice pieces
  • We visited a few years back and had such a stellar time viewing pieces from multiple centuries. Definitely planning​ on making another trip, this place is exquisite.