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Blanton Museum of Art

A premier gallery covering all of the crucial art movements of the last few centuries.

There are more than 17,000 works in the Blanton Museum of Art’s collection. It covers 125,000 square feet (11,600 square meters) on the campus of the University of Texas. There's a reason why readers of the Austin Chronicle voted the Blanton Museum the best museum in Austin in 2012 and why the newspaper itself called it "an essential US art destination." This is a destination not just for art lovers, but for anyone interested in viewing objects of beauty. 

Allow at least several hours to explore the museum, which is particularly well regarded for its Latin American art. Explore more than 2,000 works from 600 different Caribbean and South American artists. This is one of the oldest and most comprehensive collections in the U.S. Browse works from Europe, particularly from the Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods, or discover North American art from 1875 to today, including prints, paintings and new media works. Admire classic realist paintings and more urban prints like those of Roy Lichtenstein. 

For less traditional styles don't miss some of the video and installation art. Check the museum’s website for details of its rotating special exhibition program.

Tours of the collection and specific exhibitions are available. (Check the museum website for times.) The price is included with admission. There are many other public programs, from yoga in the gallery to lectures and artist talks, so check the website before your visit for a current schedule of events. 

The Blanton Café, in the Edgar A. Smith Building, is a good place to refuel with gourmet pizzas, coffee and sandwiches.  

The Blanton Museum of Art is located in central Austin. It’s open every day except Monday and national holidays. 


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Omni Austin Hotel

Omni Austin Hotel

700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin
4.3
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Located in the middle of downtown, this Austin hotel is one block from the 6th Street entertainment district, 5 blocks from the convention center, and 6 blocks from the State Capitol.

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La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol / Downtown

La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol / Downtown

300 E 11th St, Austin
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This downtown Austin hotel is 2 blocks from the Texas State Capitol and 6 blocks from Symphony Square.

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Extended Stay America Austin - Downtown - 6th St.

Extended Stay America Austin - Downtown - 6th St.

600 Guadalupe St, Austin
3.4
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Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Austin Public Library and Governor's Mansion. Texas State Capitol and Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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The Driskill - in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt

The Driskill - in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt

604 Brazos Street, Austin
4.5
of 5, from 1,624 reviews
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Built in 1886 by a Texas cattle baron, this richly appointed hotel is in downtown's 6th Street Entertainment District, six blocks from the convention center and a half-mile from the State Capitol. The Lady Bird Lake is just blocks away.

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Hampton Inn & Suites Austin @ The University / Capitol

Hampton Inn & Suites Austin @ The University / Capitol

1701 Lavaca St, Austin
4.6
of 5, from 1,242 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Blanton Museum of Art, and Texas State Capitol. Governor's Mansion and University of Texas Tower are also within 15 minutes.

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Hilton Austin

Hilton Austin

500 E 4th St, Austin
4.3
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In the heart of downtown, the 26-story Hilton Austin is 1 block from the 6th Street Entertainment District, the hub of Austin's live-music scene; less than a mile from the State Capitol and Congress Avenue Bridge.

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AT&T Hotel & Conference Center at the University of Texas

AT&T Hotel & Conference Center at the University of Texas

1900 University Avenue, Austin
4.5
of 5, from 1,597 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Austin, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and Blanton Museum of Art. University of Texas Tower and Texas State Capitol are also within 15 minutes.

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W Austin

W Austin

200 Lavaca Street, Austin
4.3
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Centrally located in Austin, this hotel is located in the Second Street District and is near Austin City Hall and Governor's Mansion. Additional nearby points of interest include Texas State Capitol.