Construction Updates

New Grounds Initiative

New Grounds Initiative
Construction Updates

Latest Updates

Updated September 2, 2021.

The visitor entrance to the museum has changed to accommodate surrounding construction fences around the grounds. The main changes are as follows:

  • Accessing the museum via MLK Jr. Blvd is no longer possible. To get to the museum entrance, you must navigate along Brazos Street and follow the pathway along the north side of the Blanton Museum of Art (BMA) building. Wayfinding signage for pedestrians is posted on site.
  • If parking at Brazos Garage, please exit at the north side near Jester Hall, use the crosswalk, and follow the signage to the museum entrance.
  • Temporary bicycle racks will be located adjacent to the marked pathway to the museum on Brazos Street.
  • Accessible Drop-off: During construction of the museum’s grounds, please call the Visitor Services Desk at 512.471.5482 if you need assistance dropping off a visitor. Detailed directions on how to navigate to our museum entrance can be found on our accessibility & amenities page.
A map showing an overview of museum grounds.
An overview of the temporary visitor pathway to the museum entrance.
View from Brazos Street looking west toward the temporary pathway that leads to the visitor entrance of the museum.
View on west side of Brazos Street looking south toward the turning into the temporary pathway that leads to the visitor entrance of the museum.
View from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard looking north from MLK Jr. Boulevard toward the Blanton Museum of Art grounds and “Austin” by Ellsworth Kelly, with the Edgar A. Smith Building on left and the Mari and James Michener Gallery on right.
View looking south from Speedway toward the Blanton Museum of Art.

Planning and Construction in Surrounding Areas

The University of Texas at Austin and the State of Texas are currently going through a variety of construction projects nearby. Stay updated and see how this may affect your travel plans by clicking on the below links:

The University of Texas at Austin – Construction Advisory

State of Texas Capitol Complex – Project Overview and Master Plan

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