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The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria

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Address: 3809 West 35th Street, Austin, TX 78767
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+1 512-458-8191
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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Contemporary Austin reflects the spectrum of contemporary art through...

The Contemporary Austin reflects the spectrum of contemporary art through exhibitions, commissions, education, and the collection. The museum has two distinct yet complementary locations, the Jones Center downtown and Laguna Gloria, a fourteen-acre site on Lake Austin, which is home to the Driscoll Villa, Gatehouse Gallery, the Art School, and the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria.

Please note: The historic Driscoll Villa is closed on Mondays and open Tuesday-Sunday 10A-4P. The grounds, including the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park, are open Monday-Saturday 9A-5P and Sunday 10A-5P

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Nice nature walk with some art

We visited Laguna Gloria with friends. At present this is a nice, easy walk with a few art installations but it is more of a nature walk than a sculpture garden. Plans to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 December 2016
Jay F
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Austin, Texas
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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Mount Bonnell and stopped here first. Very close. Our Fasten car driver recommended a quick visit. The grounds are beautiful and their is Contemporary Art sporadically placed. We only had a few minutes to visit, but I would recommend staying for a least an hour to look at art and meander around on the grounds.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such a beautiful place to visit! The grounds are well kept with many art pieces to see. The actual museum building is a historical home that was converted into a museum. It was a very nice visit. Don't forget to visit the fountain in the back area outside of the museum. It have coins from all over the world strewn... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

We visited Laguna Gloria with friends. At present this is a nice, easy walk with a few art installations but it is more of a nature walk than a sculpture garden. Plans to develop the site are exciting and promise to make this much mire exciting. Go now to see the "before".

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

This small museum may be a bit off the beaten path and not downtown Austin, yet it offers a pleasant and art-inspired creation of imagination for both the painter in all of us and sculptor alike. The picturesque landscape offer a peaceful and small escape from the highrise towers and pavement all around our wonderful Austin. Plus, there is even... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

A true gem of old Austin beauty on the shores of Lake Austin. The grounds are spectacular with photo ops everywhere. The Artwork just adds to the entire experience.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Some might debate that but its a great local Art Museum right on the lake so there are also nice places to take a walk before or after. Really enjoyable experience.

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Jarrell, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

It's simply lovely here, with a growing collection of sculpture situated on a walk around an inlet of the river. They have plans to expand the collection and to create more walking paths. N the second Saturday of each month, they offer free kids' set activities as well.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

This sculpture garden is located outside of a historic mansion. The gardens are beautiful with pathways leading to the lake and on each path gigantic sculptures are hidden away for you to discover. Really enjoyed this unexpected museum. The mansion has beautiful architecture too. $5 for adults and free parking!!!

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Naples, Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

Complete waste of time. A wooden phone pole with a street light and a poster of a lost cat is Art??? Please!!! The house looks nice from the outside but you can only visit one room. We checked in and were told we had to pay to visit the grounds. A few others seemed to do so but most visitors... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016 via mobile

We see something fresh each time we visit Laguna Gloria. The outdoor art/sculpture installations are incredibly engaging, and the villa itself is always elegant. Inside exhibits vary from photography to sketches and paintings to visual multi-media presentations. Several months ago there was an excellent video exhibit about a river glade with a melting block of ice to give the timing... More 

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