Cedar Park families don’t need to look far for some amazing museums. From Cedar Park’s very own sculpture garden to easy access to Georgetown and Austin, our local area makes having fun and learning a breeze. Whether you’re looking for nature, history, art, or anything in between, you’re sure to find your family’s ideal museum in easy reach.
Not sure where to start? Crème de la Crème of Cedar Park (Lakeline Blvd.) put together this list to get you inspired when you’re looking to plan a family museum outing.
Cedar Park Sculpture Garden
Treat your family to some great art and a stroll outdoors with a visit to the Cedar Park Sculpture Garden. The sculptures in this garden rotate annually, so you can come back time and time again to check out the new pieces.
Three sculptures are part of the permanent collection of the City of Cedar Park, while the rest are on display for at least a year and available for sale. You’ll find the Cedar Park Sculpture Garden next to the Cedar Park Recreation Center at 1435 Main St.
The Williamson Museum
The Williamson Museum, located in nearby Georgetown, offers the perfect setting to learn more about our area’s history. The free, hands-on education programs included innovative exhibits, tours, and community outreach. When you pay a visit to this cool local museum, you’ll get to explore a collection chock full of documents, objects, and photographs. These items celebrate Williamson County’s history and diversity, letting kids (and adults!) delve into the past close to home. The Williamson Museum also hosts the annual “Pioneer Day” at Old Settlers Park.
Opening hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Visit at 716 S. Austin Ave. in Georgetown.
Thinkery provides the perfect introduction to the museum experience for kids. This popular Austin spot makes learning fun through kid-friendly, hands-on activities and exhibits like Train Town, a sprawling background playground, and more.
Closed on Mondays, Thinkery offers general admission Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Baby Bloomers program takes place on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. On Sundays, general admission hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., while Community Night takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. General admission is free for kids age 0 to 23 months and $14 for anyone 24 months old and older. You’ll find the museum at 1830 Simone Ave. in Austin.
Texas Toy Museum
Look no further than the Texas Toy Museum for another fun place on your Austin itinerary. Constantly rotating exhibits and fun arcades game make this museum a toy-lovers dream.
The Texas Toy Museum is open noon to 9 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. You can visit between noon and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The museum is closed on Tuesdays. Admission costs $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, and $6 for children 5 to 17 years old. Kids 4 and under can enter for free. Admission includes free play on all the arcade games, too. Visit at 314 1/2 Congress Ave. in Austin.
Museum of the Weird
If your kid is intrigued by oddities and the paranormal, Austin’s Museum of the Weird is the place to go. Look for things like shrunken heads, real mummies, and life-size wax figures. The museum also explores the paranormal (think: the Texas Bigfoot and local haunted places), making a unique outing for anyone interested in the, well, weird!
The museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission costs $8 for children under 8 years old and $12 for everyone else. Find Museum of the Weird in the heart of downtown Austin at 412 E. 6th St. in Austin.
The Austin Nature and Science Center
Time to get in touch with nature? Plan a visit to the Austin Nature and Science Center. This Austin institution has delivered hands-on nature exhibits and educational programs since 1960. The perfect place to build an awareness and appreciation of the natural environment, the Austin Nature and Science Center lets you check out wildlife, fossil digs, trails, and more.
The best part? Admission is free! You can currently make a reservation to visit ANSC on Saturdays and Sundays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The public parking and site entry is located at 2389 Stratford Drive in Austin.
Elisabet Ney Museum
You’ll want to plan a visit to the Elisabet Ney Museum if your kids are interested in art. The museum is the historic home and studio of Elisabet Ney, a German sculpture who moved to Austin in 1882. The museum explores Ney’s art and legacy, housing the largest collection of her work in the world. Exhibits in the building and on the grounds also showcase contemporary artists.
Admission is free here, too. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Visit at 304 E. 44th St. in Austin.
Blanton Museum of Art
If you’re feeling inspired to check out more art, head to the Blanton Museum of Art, yet another amazing museum easy to reach in Austin. The permanent collection alone spans more than 19,000 works of art, including European paintings, prints, and drawings as well as modern and contemporary American and Latin American art.
Admission costs $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for youth and college ID holders. Kids 12 and under as well as members, UT ID holders, military ID holders, and teachers with valid ID can enter for free. Every Thursday, museum entry is free for everyone. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. The Blanton is located at The University of Texas at Austin at 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Austin.There you have it! Crème de la Crème of Cedar Park (Lakeline Blvd.) just gave you eight amazing museums located in and around Cedar Park. Did we skip your family’s favorite local museum? Drop us a line so we can add it.