20 Sep

September 22 – Austin Museum Day Comes Home

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19th century costume, homemade ice cream on the porch, old time music, fancy folding fans and your ticket to explore Austin's first 100 years on

Austin Museum Day 2018

Sunday, September 22nd, 12PM to 4PM – FREE

Look. Listen. Play. Taste. Not necessarily in that order, either.

For this year’s Austin Museum Day, we’re offering activities for all five senses. We invite you to:

Visit our exhibit of folding fans (and make your own–regular or mathematical), chat with one of our ladies and gentlemen in 19th century costume, or give a listen to live music performed by local old-time band Duck Creek. A little hand-cranked, hand-squeezed, all scratch-made lemonade and ice cream might just make the day perfect. We suggest sipping in the shade for big folks and playing on the grounds for little folks.

Mathhappens will be demonstrating their ingenious Pythagorean tables on the grounds and we hear that there will be cupcakes (and chess pieces, too).

Last but by no means least, let us recommend our exhibit of Austin’s first hundred years through maps exhibit and a visit to the tools and household implements in the Dependency (which is likely the 9th oldest built structure standing in Austin, by the way).

Isn’t it hard to park by campus?

While we are in the West Campus neighborhood, parking is easier than you think. The museum lot is accessible from 23rd street just west of San Gabriel (behind the historic house). Overflow parking is often available just one block away at the Quarters Garage

10 Sep

The Art of the Japanese Fan: Selections from the Josephine West Ladd Collection

From the time of Commodore Perry’s 1853 arrival in Japan, Americans’ imaginations were captivated with the style and aesthetics of Japanese folding fans. This display captures one Texan collector’s long-running fascination with folding fans of all kinds from finely made decorative objects to utilitarian equipment to tourist souvenirs.

Note: this display is presented on our first floor gallery and is accessible to patrons with disabilities.

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