VISIT

Before You Visit

The Blanton Museum of Art is reopening with the safety of our visitors and staff as our top priority. Because of that, we ask that you stay home if you are feeling ill. We’ve made key changes to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Required timed tickets
  • Masks required for visitors and staff
  • Lessened capacity
  • Social distancing on site
  • Frequent cleaning

 

In order to open in the safest possible way, we’ve changed some visit procedures. Learn about the most important changes below or check out the fine print here.

1. Stay Home if You’re Sick
2. Reserve Your Tickets Online, In Advance
3. Learn What’s Changed & Plan Your Visit
4. Masks Required
5. Practice Social Distancing on Site
6. Please Don’t Touch the Art

 

We’ve introduced advance, date-specific, timed-entry tickets to help us maintain social distancing during the arrival process and to manage capacity in the museum. Timed tickets are required.

The museum is opening to Blanton Members and The University of Texas at Austin ID holders beginning Wednesday, August 12, at 10am and to the general public beginning Saturday, August 15, at 10am. Not a Member? Join today for early access and special perks!

We’ll release tickets each Friday morning at 9am for the following week, so check back then if you are unable to find a time that works for you. (Ex: On Friday, August 21, we will release tickets for visits during the week of August 26.)

What you need to know:

  • On Wednesday through Saturday, we will be open for two 3-hour sessions each day (10am-1pm and 2-5pm), with cleaning in between. On Sunday, the museum is open 2-5pm. We are now closed every Monday and Tuesday.
  • Your visit will end at 1pm if you come in the morning or 5pm if you come in the afternoon. If you would like a long visit, make sure to reserve a ticket for an earlier time slot.
  • Please make sure you get tickets for your entire household at once. You will be asked to provide everyone’s names.
  • UT ID holders, Blanton Members, teachers, and military personnel must still reserve a FREE ticket online and present their ID or member card at check-in.
  • Thursdays are free admission, provided by The Moody Foundation; timed tickets are required.
RESERVE TICKETS HERE
  • Wednesdays-Saturdays

    10am to 1pm; 2pm to 5pm

  • Sundays

    2pm-5pm

  • Mondays and Tuesdays

    Closed

  • Adults

    $12

  • Seniors (65+)

    $10

  • Youth and College ID holders

    $5

  • Members, UT ID holders, and Children 12 & under

    Free

  • Military ID holders and Teachers with valid ID

    Free

The Blanton is free every Thursday. Advance online tickets are still required. Free Thursday tickets are first come first served, and are released with the week’s tickets on the Friday before the week begins.

Free admission every Thursday is made possible by The Moody Foundation.

 

The Blanton has a “no refunds” policy. If you are unable to visit, your ticket purchase is a donation to the museum. For questions or assistance, please contact a member of our Visitor Services team at 512.471.5482 during regular operating hours.

  • Garage Parking
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    Paid parking is available in the Brazos Parking Garage. Payment must be made upon exit of the garage. The Blanton is unable to provide discounted parking at this time.

    The Trinity Garage is three blocks from the museum on the corner of MLK and Trinity and is the closest UT Garage to the museum if the Brazos Garage is full.

    Please note that there is no parking in either the Trinity or Brazos garages on UT home football game days. On home volleyball game days, the Brazos Garage will charge a prepaid $15 cash admission fee. On these dates during select hours, the Blanton’s typical discounted garage rate will not be available.

    For more information on parking please call 512.471.5482 or email visitors@blantonmuseum.org.

    Download Parking Map
  • Other Nearby Parking
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    The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, located across the street from the Blanton, has an underground parking garage that charges $10 per vehicle for all-day parking.

     

  • Accessible Parking
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    The Brazos Garage has a large number of accessible parking spaces on the ground floor near the entrance and the exit. The Blanton is happy to help facilitate your arrival; please call the Visitor Services Desk at 512.471.5482 for assistance.

  • Bicycle & Scooter Parking
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    Bicycles and scooters can park at the bike racks available at the south end of the Smith Building, along MLK Jr. Boulevard. Don’t forget to bring your own lock and park in this designated area!

  • Public Transit
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    The Blanton is convenient to a number of Cap Metro transit lines. Routes: 1, 3, 7, 10, 18, 19, 20, 801 and 803 will get you there! The closest stops are:

    #5992: 112 MLK / Congress

    #2522: 311 MLK / San Jacinto

    #4657: Museum Station (Northbound)

    #5866: Museum Station (Southbound)

    #5940: 1609 Lavaca / 17th

    #501: Guadalupe / 16th

    #915: 1806 San Jacinto / MLK

    #866 Trinity / 17th

    #498: Guadalupe / W. 21st St

    Plan your trip (online): http://www.capmetro.org/planner

    Plan your trip (on your smart phone): http://www.capmetro.org/app

  • Bicycle
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    The easiest approaches to the Blanton on a bicycle are via MLK from the east and west, Speedway from the north, and Lavaca or Trinity from the south. The Faulkner Plaza at the Blanton Museum of Art is a pedestrian-friendly dismount zone. Bicycles and scooters can park at the bike racks available at the south end of the Smith Building, along MLK Jr. Boulevard. Don’t forget to bring your own lock and park in this designated area!

    An Austin B-Cycle station is located directly across MLK from the Blanton at 1881 Congress Ave.

     

  • Car
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    Dropping Off: The most convenient drop-off for the Blanton is at Jester Circle and Brazos Street.

    Parking: The closest parking to the Blanton is at the Brazos Garage, at 210 E. MLK Blvd. See “Parking,” below, for more information.

A complimentary wireless Internet access service – “utguest” – is available as a courtesy of The University of Texas at Austin. “utguest” provides campus visitors basic WiFi Internet access (web and VPN). Visitors simply select “utguest” to connect (no accounts, codes, coupons, or charges are required).

The Blanton Museum, Administrative Offices and Shop are CLOSED on the following days:

Labor Day (Monday, 9/7/20)
Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, 11/26/20)
Christmas Eve/Day (Thursday/Friday, 12/24-12/25/20)
New Year’s Eve/Day (Thursday/Friday, 12/31/20-1/1/21)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, 1/18/21)
Memorial Day (Monday, 5/31/21)

The University of Austin at Texas 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 Austin at Texas – Construction Advisory

State of Texas Capitol Complex – Project Overview and Master Plan

 

As part of The University of Texas at Austin, the Blanton Museum of Art is subject to Senate Bill 11 (Concealed Campus Carry), in effect from August 1, 2016. For questions concerning concealed carry on campus, please refer to the University Handbook of Operating Procedures and the Campus Carry website.

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