LBJ Library Undergoing Major Renovation!

During this period most of our permanent exhibits are closed.

Although most of our exhibits are closed during the redesign, several remain open to the public:
“The White House Years” showcases items from the Johnson Presidency. As the nation’s hosts to foreign dignitaries, the Johnsons received many gifts, some ancient and priceless, others humble and homemade.

“The White House” invites you to enter the west wing of the White House, built at a 7/8th scale. The Oval Office looks exactly as it did during Johnson’s Presidency, including the desk he used beginning in his Senate days through the White House years and the teletype machine and three televisions that kept him informed.

“The Limousine” that LBJ and Lady Bird used after the Presidency is now in our lobby!

Mrs. Johnson’s original office and The First Lady’s Gallery, which highlights her life and activities during and after the Presidency, will be open through mid-July.

The Store at LBJ
Visitors also have the opportunity to shop in The Store at LBJ. The renovated Store is twice the size of the previous one. It reflects LBJ’s administration and its era, along with Lady Bird Johnson’s legacy of beautification. However, The Store features much more:

 Expanded book section, including presidential memoirs
 Large children’s section
 University of Texas memorabilia
 Locally made jewelry
 Pottery from the Hill Country
 Items about politics, Texas, and Austin
Museum Opens New Exhibits in December
Exhibits opening in late December will feature approximately 17 unique audiovisual components, including a handheld mobile device tour, films and touch screen interactives, a database of telephone recordings, and a story-telling animatronic LBJ.

The LBJ Library and Museum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (except Christmas Day).

Summer Exhibitions at The Blanton Showcase Two Contemporary Art Collections

"Untitled (L.A. Portrait)"

Roland Fischer, "Untitled (L.A. Portrait)," 2000, C-print and acrylic on board, Collection of RBC Wealth Management

This summer, when you’re not submerged in a cool pool of water, we recommend a visit to the Blanton Museum of Art, a building filled with beauty and air conditioning.

For your viewing pleasure, we have two new exhibitions on display through Aug. 12 that examine methods and motivations for building art collections.

The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection showcases 40 works from contemporary artists working in multiple media, and examines how corporate collections are assembled and the ways in which they serve multiple audiences. Conversely, The Collecting Impulse: Fifty Works from Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, tells the story of the personal collection of Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a New York couple of modest means whose love of art and artists resulted in a renowned collection that spans five decades.

Want to learn more about the art in these two summer exhibitions?

There are several opportunities to engage with The Blanton this summer:

  • Attend a public tour, it’s included in the general admission cost. (Dates and times are listed on our website.)
  • Bring the kids to one of our art making sessions happening Thursdays and Fridays through Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon! We also have touch kits available for kids (ages 4-10) that go along with The Human Touch.
  • Come to the lecture by Mary Lee Corlett of the National Gallery of Art on the Vogel Collection, Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m.
  • Watch the documentary screening of “Herb & Dorothy” at the museum on Thursday, July 19 at 6 p.m.

Details about The Human Touch and The Collecting Impulse can be found on The Blanton’s website, but you can also read expert interviews about the shows on Austin 360 and CultureMap Austin.


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What makes you shake, rattle and roll?

The Visual Arts Center is a vibrant collaboration and exhibition space as part of The University of Texas at Austin. Here, emerging artists, faculty and students gather to create, explore and evolve contemporary art.

Though we might be closed for the summer that doesn’t mean we can’t still invite artists to collaborate with us! Every Monday that the VAC doors are closed, we will release a new mix created by artists we have had the pleasure of hosting over the last 2 years plus a few new visitors we will be partnering with soon. With our group of contributors varied in artistic style and personality, we can only imagine what they have in store for us musically. Accompanied by comments from the artists, we hope to bring a diverse series that will inspire your summer happenings!

Check it out:

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