The Austin Museum Partnership announces its 19th Annual Austin Museum Day, a free city-wide celebration of art, culture, history, music, nature and science on Sunday, Sep. 18. More than thirty-five museums in the greater Austin area will welcome visitors of all ages with special programming, including guided exhibition tours, hands-on activities and more.
Organized by the Austin Museum Partnership, a consortium of Austin area museums founded in 1998, Austin Museum Day is a longstanding collaboration among Austin’s cultural institutions that invites the public to experience for the first time, or to rediscover, the dynamic, high-quality resources at museums in their community. Last year, nearly 30,000 area residents visited their community museums on Austin Museum Day.
“Austin Museum Day has become a treasured and much-anticipated ‘day of discovery’ when residents and visitors can seek out not only our flagship institutions, but also smaller hidden gems,” Austin Museum Partnership Co-Chair Lani Gonzalez remarks. “We hope that a positive Museum Day experience will plant the seed for return visits.”
Over the past few years, the Austin Museum Partnership has expanded to include museums in surrounding communities, including Cedar Park, Georgetown and Johnson City. “Museum Day is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the truly vibrant and diverse cultural offerings of not just Austin, but the entire Hill Country region,” states Gonzalez.
A day of fun and discovery, Austin Museum Day is coordinated by a volunteer board and made possible through the support of community organizations and sponsors. Austin Museum Day’s “open house” atmosphere aims to strengthen the metropolitan area’s museum community through increased awareness and accessibility.
Visit AustinMuseums.org and download the Austin Museum Partnership mobile app for the latest details about Austin Museum Day, participating museums and program hours.