Museum Day offers free exhibits for a variety of artistic tastes

Elizabeth Williams

This Sunday, Museum Day features free exhibits in museums all over the city for art aficionados, music lovers and facial hair fanatics. Here are a few of our top picks to check out. 

Elisabet Ney Museum

Get downright artistic at the Elisabet Ney Museum. The former studio of German-born portrait sculptor Ney will host live sculptors at work, musical portraits and a clay sculpture corner — there will even be caricature drawings. 

When: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Where: 304 E. 44th St.


LBJ Presidential Library

There will be a photo booth with former President Lyndon Johnson. And if buddy shots with LBJ are not reason enough to visit — even though they totally are — Museum Day is one of the last chances to see the exhibit “News to History: Photojournalism and the Presidency.”

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: 2313 Red River


Public Art Crawl

Choose your own adventure, sort of, with the public art crawl. The crawl begins on campus and can be followed as either a docent-led tour or a self-guided tour with the help of a downloadable map. After scoping out various sculptures and works on campus, take the CapMetro #7 to see the 2nd Street Art District.

When: guided tour 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Where: begins at 23rd St., west of San Jacinto


Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum

Brace yourselves, because it’s SculptFest 2013 over at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. Members of the Texas Society of Sculptors will be flexing their skills and explaining their creative processes. And what better way to celebrate sculpture than by creating one at the Clay Corner?

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: 605 Robert E. Lee Rd.


Neill-Cochran House Museum

Fulfill those childhood dreams of eating cookies and ice cream with historical re-enactors at the Neill-Cochran House. The house, built in 1855, has ranged in use from a temporary Texas Asylum for the Blind to a federal Reconstruction-era hospital. Owners from 1895-1958, the Cochrans were the last family to live in the house. Their furniture, along with an exhibit on the nitty-gritty details of house restoration, will be on display. 

When: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Where: 2310 San Gabriel St.


Save Austin’s Cemeteries

For the creeps and preservationists, Save Austin’s Cemeteries will be hosting tours of Oakwood Cemetery. Learn more about preserving the historic cemeteries of Austin and also see some places where people are buried.

When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: 1601 Navasota St.


O. Henry Museum

Purveyors of fine facial hair from the Austin Facial Hair Club will be talking about O. Henry’s handlebar mustache. Enough said.

When: 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Where: 409 E. 5th St.