Austin is known for its music, but there is much more to the city than its amazing music scene. Austin Culture is represented by the theater, the arts (including art museums), music venues, history and science museums, and more.

The arts represent an outlet of expression for a diverse range of artists. Below, you will find a few of the places that allow that expression to flow. If you can’t find an art museum in Austin that caters to your tastes, you aren’t looking hard enough.

Austin Culture art museums

The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Enjoy Austin Opera, Austin Symphony Orchestra, and Ballet Austin, all of which contribute to Austin culture.

Bass Concert Hall

If you want to experience amazing talent, this theater hosts visiting acts such as Bob Idyll, Diana Ross, and traveling Broadway musicals on the University of Texas campus in Austin.

Paramount Theatre

This live theater venue showcases comedians like Bo Burnham, musicians like Smokey Robinson, and classic film screenings.

ZACH Theatre

ZACH Theatre’s mission is to ignite the imagination, inspire the spirit, and engage the community by hosting spectacular local talent. This theatre is as much a part of Austin culture as anything.

The Vortex

Catch intimate local plays and musicals at this pioneer in the alternative theatre scene.

Salvage Vanguard Theater

Salvage Vanguard Theater is a nonprofit art organization that brings Austin’s new artists together with their audiences. Besides bringing great entertaining to Austin, they support local talent and allow Austin visitors to truly get a glimpse of the amazing culture there.

The Blanton

Enjoy the largest and most comprehensive collection of art in Central Texas.

The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center

Investigate and experience a collection of modern art in a variety of sizes and mediums.

The Mexic-Arte Museum

This museum is dedicated to enrichment and education through Mexican and Latin American works.


Canopy stitches together artist studios, creative office spaces, art galleries, and a cafe along with communal courtyards and covered breezeways.

Austin Culture Is Artistic and Beautiful

The next time you’re in Austin, be sure to check out these cultural icons and well-liked museums, but don’t forget about the music either. In fact, be sure to visit these popular music venues in Austin. And if you’re looking for more fun things to do in Austin, check out these attractions:

There are more fun things to do in Austin than you can shake a stick at. Plan your visit and stay awhile.

Mike Sharp
Author: Mike Sharp

I have a passion for travel and outdoor activities, and now I'm enjoying retired life. I will continue my traveling, golfing, boating, and enjoying life all across the great state of Texas.

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