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The Contemporary Austin: Spectacular Museum Without Walls


Whether you are an art aficionado or someone who just appreciates beauty in all its forms, make time to visit the spectacular downtown museum known as The Contemporary Austin.

In Austin, art is everywhere.

There are sculptures and murals throughout the city, and live music can be found in abundance. In fact, the art of Austin is somehow more present, more available and more eclectic than you will find in most cities in the country.

Therefore, in true Austin style, The Contemporary Austin takes great pride in bringing a rich and varied mix of International Contemporary Visual Art to a city already known for its vibrant art community.

Located within The Jones Center, a few blocks from the State Capitol building and the historic Driskill Hotel, the space proudly anchors the corner of 7th Street and Congress in the heart of Austin’s vibrant downtown.

The building itself holds a special place in Austin’s history; built in 1851, it was the first three-story brick building in the city and has been home to several establishments over the years, most notably, The Queen Theater.

…guided by a vision to create a “museum without walls,”…

Unveiled to the public in 2010 by the AMOA-Arthouse, and guided by a vision to create a “museum without walls,” the entire structure, and most prominently, the striking glass-walled lobby and unique rooftop theater is a visual delight that reflects the eclectic and culturally diverse fabric of the city.

Looking out to the street from inside the glass-walled lobby is like watching art in motion – the sidewalks bustle with cultural diversity.

Make sure to take in the view from the beautiful rooftop deck for a bird’s eye view of The Driskill Hotel, Austin’s State Capitol, and the historically significant Paramount and State Theaters.

Side note: The Norwood Tower, home to Luci Baines Johnson, President Lyndon Johnson’s daughter, is next door.

The Contemporary Austin is a must see on your Day in Austin.

By: Candice Munro and Greg Root
Photos: Allen Carrasco and Courtesy of Contemporary Austin


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