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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01 Dec

May 11-19 – West Austin Studio Tour comes to Neill-Cochran

Neill-Cochran House Museum goes WEST

An overlay exhibit featuring 13 local contemporary artists


The furnishings and architecture of the Neill-Cochran House Museum ground us in a handful of different times; to walk in the door is to in part step into the 19th and early-20th centuries. As historians and preservationists, what we like most about hosting individual artists for WEST is that it allows us to see the difference between the Austins of the 1850s, 1870s, 1900s, and so on and the Austin we live in. Does that difference go beyond the modernization we can easily imagine or is it better thought of as a change in tastes and aesthetics in its own right?

However one reads our historic site against this display of the creativity of our present, we think that you’ll enjoy this unique exhibition of Austin artists in one of the oldest extant structures in town.

Exhibition Hours – WEST 2019

Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12 – 11am to 6pm (FREE)

Wednesday May 15 – 1pm to 4pm (FREE)

Thursday, May 16 – 1pm to 4pm + Exhibition Reception 6pm – 9pm (FREE)

Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19 – 11am to 6pm (FREE)

Hat’s off to our artists! 15% of artwork sales benefit the Neill-Cochran House Museum

Exhibition Reception

Thursday, May 16th, 6PM to 9PM

Want WEST without the crowds? Join us for an exclusive and intimate evening to celebrate the opening of our third cooperative exhibition of contemporary art in our unique historic space.

On site parking is available free behind the museum; additional neighborhood parking is available on Leon, Robbins, and 23rd street. Paid garage parking is available at 22nd & Pearl streets.

01 Dec

April 19 – Easter Egg Dye-O-Rama

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What is Easter Egg Dye-o-Rama?

Hands-on fun? Check!
An Easter event that doesn’t revolve around candy or plastic? Check!
Multiple indoor and outdoor activities suitable for ages 3 & up? Check!
Free? No need to RSVP? Double Check!

And on top of that, this year 100% of the proceeds from this event will keep our longtime partners at Generation Serve investing in the youth leadership and promoting the volunteerism that make the difference for us and for Austin’s communities.

Join us this Good Friday for one of our most fun-filled community events of the year, as we open up the house and grounds for an afternoon of old-fashioned Easter egg dyeing, lawn games, and a chance to get to know one of Austin’s oldest landmarks at your own pace.

Easter egg dyers of all skill levels are welcome! Bring your own boiled (or blown!) eggs and we’ll provide wax resists, vinegar baths, and dyes, and, of course, take care of all of the clean-up. (We’ll also have prepared eggs available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis)

When you’re done working on eggs, enjoy a round of badminton under the shade of our 140 year old pecan tree or a scavenger hunt for either our historic house or our LuAnn Barrow exhibit.

Ok! What do I need to bring and when does it all start?

Friday, April 19th
12pm to 4pm

Bring your own blown or boiled eggs (no raw eggs, please!) and we will supply all the dyes and decorations you need free! We will also be providing blown eggs on a first come, first served basis. We suggest a $2 donation for each egg (remember: eggs are pre-blown, so you can keep them for as long as you like–no refrigeration needed).

No RSVP required! Follow our facebook page for event updates and to invite friends to join in the fun!

Parking is free to visitors in the museum lot located off of 23rd street. Additional paid parking is available at the Quarters parking garage (map) at 22nd 1/2 street and Rio Grande.