Austin’s history is the story of Texas itself. Delve into these storied roots with a visit to some of the town’s many museums and historic sites that let you experience Austin’s fascinating past. Get an insider’s look at the history and culture of Texas at the Bullock Museum, which features fun interactive exhibits and an IMAX Theatre. Make a stop at the Texas Capitol Visitors Center, housed in the 1857 General Land Office Building, and sign up for a free tour of the Texas State Capitol. Spend the afternoon at the University of Texas at Austin, home to impressive museums that include the Blanton Museum of Art, the natural history-focused Texas Memorial Museum, and the LBJ Presidential Library, with inspiring exhibits on President Lyndon B. Johnson and his beloved wife, Lady Bird. Celebrate African-American heritage at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center through exhibits, programs and theatrical productions. Join a guided tour of the Creolestyle French Legation Museum, downtown Austin’s oldest wooden building, which is surrounded by a lush park. Experience the everyday lives of some of Austin’s earliest residents at the antebellum Neill-Cochran House Museum, built in 1855. Tour the trio of free Brush Square Museums, including the stone home of Susanna Dickinson (the only Anglo adult survivor of the Battle of the Alamo); the Victorianstyle residence of writer O. Henry; and the Austin Fire Museum, housed in the still-active Fire Station #1. See the final resting place of many Texas notables (including politicians and high-profile citizens) at the Texas State Cemetery, founded in 1851. Stroll along Congress Avenue, built as a ceremonial boulevard in 1839. Some of the notable buildings here include the Old Bakery & Emporium (now housing an art gallery), the century-old Paramount Theatre (a performance venue and movie theater), the ornate Walter Tips Building, the Scarbrough Building (Austin’s original office tower) and the Littlefield Building (one of Austin’s first skyscrapers).
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