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September 17 – Austin Museum Day comes to Neill-Cochran

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Civil War Era costumes for all persuasions, homemade ice cream on the porch, and your ticket to explore Austin's first 100 years on

Austin Museum Day 2016

Sunday, September 17th, 12PM to 4PM – FREE

Austin Museum Day returns this fall bringing the museum up to full power with more than a few ways to step back into Austin’s early history. Though we can’t ever see many of the original visitors to the Neill-Cochran House, Civil War era reenactors will take to the parlor rooms, giving us an idea of who might have spent a Sunday afternoon here during the first 20 years of the house’s history. Fast forward a decade or two to consider the Neill family’s reconstructed surroundings at your own pace, or further still to look at the Cochran family’s original furnishings in the second floor hall and bedrooms.

Need to rest your attention span? Take a walk around the grounds with our gardens exhibit, take a peek inside the Dependency to see examples of 19th-century tools and kitchenware, or stop by our museum cafe. Afterwards, join us on the porch and help make hand-churned, old-fashioned ice cream and fresh-squeezed lemonade. Something tells us that both will taste just fine no matter what temperature we see this Sunday.

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 University Towers garage at 23rd & Pearl.