thinkery (austin children’s museum)

Because we have no sprogs, we’ve never been. But give that the Dells paid for it, I bet this place has some nice computers…

location (1830 simond avenue; 512.469.6200)

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o’henry home and museum

O’Henry, the storied short story writer, got his start (and nearly his finish) here in good ‘ole Austin. His home is still here, nestled between the drunks at the convention center and the drunks on 6th street… The tour guides are true believers.

location (409 east 5th street; 512.472.1903)

french legation

Austin’s oldest framed construction sits upon a hill east of downtown. Built in 1840, it was the embassy of sorts for France to the Nation of Texas. Lovely grounds. Be sure to ask about the pig war and the wine cellar.

location (802 san marcos street; 512.472.8180)

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harry ransom center

Having been recently out-hipped by the Blanton lately, the Harry, also affiliated with the University of Texas, has been kicking it up a few notches. Harry has an original Frida Kahlo, the original photograph, and much much more.

location (300 west 21st street; 512.471.8944)

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texas memorial museum

This little marble building on the university campus serves as our natural history museum. Dinosaur tracks are preserved on the north side of the building. Plus, there are these cool dino vertebrate chairs to lounge in.

location (2400 trinity street; 512.471.1604)

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