The Art of the Ride: Take MetroRapid to 5 Austin Museums

museum-mapMetroRapid puts the city’s cultural circuit within reach. You can take either Route 801 or 803 to a variety of museums and galleries in the downtown area — and avoid parking fees. We’ve highlighted 5 destinations, conveniently accessible by MetroRapid, that are go-to venues for art and state history. Don’t forget to use the Trip Planner on the CapMetro App to buy your transit passes and tailor your itinerary.

bullock-exteriorBullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue, Routes 801 and 803 to Museum Station

Bring your family and meander through Texas’ history via a variety of interactive exhibits, special programs and entertaining events at the Bullock Museum. The museum also hosts a variety of film screenings, including impressive IMAX productions related to the state’s fascinating history. The museum offers free admission the first Sunday of each month. (Photo credit: thestoryoftexas.com)

blantonJack S. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Routes 801 and 803 to Museum Station

The Blanton Museum maintains a vast collection of European paintings, prints and drawings, and modern and contemporary American and Latin American art. In addition, the museum hosts a variety of art exhibits. Instead of viewing these works online, why not see them in person? You can also learn more about art through special lectures, films and public tours hosted by the Blanton. Or, just enjoy other special programs like yoga classes and concerts. Admission is free on Thursdays. (Photo credit: austinmuseums.org)

hrcHarry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st Street, Routes 801 and 803 to UT/West Mall Station

Delve deep into the creative process at the Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum. Get unique insight, and develop your understanding and appreciation of literature, photography, film, art and the performing arts. Exhibits and an interesting slate of special programs, including readings, lectures and film screenings, are offered. (Photo credit: hrc.utexas.edu)

ahc-2Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe Street, Routes 801 and 803 to Austin History Center Station

Gain a different view of our great city through historical photographs and documents in the center’s exhibits, or conduct your own research in its Reading Room. The center collects information about local governments, businesses, residents, institutions and neighborhoods in Austin and Travis County. Admission is free. (Photo credit: library.austintexas.gov/ahc)

wworkWomen & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca Street, Routes 801 and 803 to Museum Station

This progressive visual and performing arts organization highlights contemporary art created by women living and working in Texas. The organization hosts innovative exhibitions, performances, gallery tours and educational workshops. While there, take time to explore the Gallery Shop, filled with creative handmade items, and buy something original to take home today! (Photo credit: womenandtheirwork.org)

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