During Your Visit: Updates & Rules

  • Please stay home if you are sick or feeling ill. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
    • -Fever or chills
    • -Cough
    • -Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • -Fatigue
    • -Muscle or body aches
    • -Headache
    • -New loss of taste or smell
    • -Sore throat
  • You must reserve a ticket online before visiting.
  • Masks worn over the mouth and nose are required for all visitors older than two as well as Blanton staff during your entire visit. Masks with a valve and face shields worn without an approved face mask are not permitted. Read more about The University of Texas at Austin’s mask policy here.
  • Practice social distancing on site by following signs and Blanton staff guidance. Stay six feet away from other visitors while in the galleries. Households may remain together; children must stay with adults at all times.

A woman wearing a mask looking at an artwork in the Contemporary gallery, a gallery assistant stands nearby.
Masks worn over the mouth and nose are required for all visitors older than two as well as Blanton staff during your entire visit.

We’ve made the following changes to protect visitors, staff, and the museum’s collection.

  • Large bags are not allowed; lockers are currently unavailable. Large accessories — such as diaper bags and backpacks — that are bigger than 11 x 15 inches will need to be left at home or in your car.
  • Blanton-owned wheelchairs and strollers are not available to borrow at this time.
  • The Blanton Café is closed. See a list of other restaurants and cafes nearby here. You can also view pdf maps of nearby “Bites and Brews” in web and print format.
  • Please remember that no outside food or drinks are permitted inside the museum, including water bottles.
  • Drinking fountains are available on the ground floor only.
  • Some galleries and spaces, such as the Klein Film & Video Gallery, are closed. See a map here.
  • The Museum Shop pop-up in the Rapoport Atrium of the Michener Gallery Building is permanently closed. The main Museum Shop located in the Smith Building will remain temporarily closed until Summer 2022, when the museum will celebrate the grand reopening of its new grounds initiative.


The museum has an enhanced cleaning program for high-touch areas while the museum is open and while it is closed.

  • Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the museum.
  • Restrooms are open with enhanced and more frequent cleaning.
  • The museum will close after three hours of being open for additional cleaning.


With timed tickets now required, here’s how your visit will work:

  • Reserve your tickets in advance online here.
  • Bring a small bag (smaller than 11 x 15 inches) with only essentials for your visit—see more details below about what is not permitted inside the museum. Don’t forget your mask!
  • Remember, tickets are only good for the date and time listed on the online ticket you receive at purchase. Help us create a safe experience for everyone by arriving for your visit during your arrival window.
  • Arrive at the museum during the 20-minute arrival window that you selected. Your visit ends when the museum closes or you decide to leave.
  • You may arrive a few minutes early to line up before your visit begins.
  • If you parked at the Brazos Parking Garage, bring your ticket into the museum with you, so that you can pay for the $4 parking rate at the Visitor Services desk located at the museum entrance.
  • Line up according to the social distancing markers under the Blanton’s covered walkway near the front door of the museum.
  • The Visitor Services team will check you in via your name and admit you to the museum.
  • Once inside, please follow social distancing in the galleries, keep your mask on, and enjoy the art!
  • Visits to Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin are included in museum admission. Entry is limited. To visit Austin, check in at the main museum entrance first. Then you must line up under the covered walkway of the Blanton Smith Building, across from the Michener Gallery Building, for entry into Austin.
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  • Stay at home if you are sick or feeling ill.
  • A mask covering mouth and nose is required at outdoor check-in area and when inside the buildings for all visitors age two and older. Read more about The University of Texas at Austin mask policy here.
  • Practice social distancing of at least six feet.
  • Look and enjoy, but please do not touch the art.
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the galleries, including gum and water bottles.
  • Cell phone calls are not permitted in the galleries.
  • Pencils only (no pens) are permitted in the galleries.
  • Items larger than 11 x 15 inches – including backpacks, diaper bags, purses, umbrellas, and other bulky or rigid items – are not allowed in the museum.
  • No lockers available at this time.
  • Sketching is permitted in the galleries – pencil and colored pencil only, no ink or charcoal – with softbound sketchbooks no larger than 18 x 24 inches.
  • Only service animals are permitted in the building. Emotional support animals are not in permitted inside. Learn more about The University of Texas at Austin’s policy here.
  • The University of Texas at Austin’s tobacco-free campus policy applies to all university buildings and on university grounds. Smoking is not allowed inside the Blanton’s three buildings and surrounding walkways, sidewalks, and parking areas.


Help keep the The University of Texas at Austin campus, Blanton staff, and other visitors safe and healthy by doing the following:

  • Do not visit the Blanton Museum of Art if you, anyone in your household, or anyone with whom you have had contact within the last 14 days is sick or feeling ill.
  • Practice social distancing and remain at least six feet apart from Blanton staff members and other visitors for the duration of your visit.
  • Wear a mask covering your nose and mouth throughout your check-in and visit.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and/or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after touching your face or any shared surface.
  • When coughing and sneezing, keep your mask on and cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow.
  • Avoid close contact with other visitors.


Changing tables are located in all restrooms; there are no restrooms or changing areas on the second floor.

  • Bags larger than 11 x 15 inches, including diaper bags, are not allowed in the galleries.
  • No baby backpacks, please. Soft frontpacks and strollers are allowed in the museum.
  • Large-framed child carriers are not allowed in the galleries.
  • No snacks, drinks, or toys are allowed in the galleries.
  • Some art in the museum contains content or ideas of an adult nature. If you are visiting with small children, feel free to ask our Visitor Services team or Gallery Assistants for further information about adult content in the galleries.
  • If you have questions, please call the Visitor Services Desk at 512-471-5482.


Amateur photography and video using hand-held devices is allowed in the Blanton Museum of Art unless otherwise indicated by museum staff or signs. To ensure the safety of the art, we do NOT allow:

  • Flash Photography
  • Tripods
  • Monopods
  • Selfie Sticks

Feel free to text, take photos, and tweet about your visit, but please keep your phone on vibrate as a courtesy to other visitors.  We love seeing creative photos from our visitors—when posting your photos please tag them #blantonmuseum so we’ll see them too!

Unfortunately, the Blanton Museum cannot accommodate requests for photography, videography or filming for student projects.

The Blanton Museum of Art reserves the right to remove an individual or group that is causing a distraction that may detract from the experience of other visitors.