The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center

The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center

The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center
3.5
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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. Exhibitions at The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center change approximately three times per year. Visit our website for information on current exhibitions.
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Joseph W
Los Angeles, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
This is a large gallery space rather than a museum. Excellent, thoughtful exhibitions of contemporary art that would never otherwise be seen in the Austin area. In the middle of the vibrant Austin downtown. They also host art related events and film screenings. My only wish would that it were larger. Otherwise recommended.
Written 12 April 2022
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Aimee E
San Clemente, CA55 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We came on the free day and I’m so glad we didn’t. This place is super small and parking is tough even on the middle of a weekday. The employee who welcomed us was nice but the employees on the two floors of the museum were too much.

They told us we can’t use flash photography - ok no problem. Then they said we can’t take video...ok. The employee (an older woman in a plaid skirt) proceeded to follow us around, never being more than two feet away. Her pretentious attitude towards us was apparent from the moment we entered.

We didn’t do anything wrong, and we aren’t teenagers so I don’t know what we did to deserve this treatment. It was utterly unnecessary.

All the art was wacky, and only from one artist.

Parking in a structure nearby was $3/15 minutes. Unbelievable.

Please save your money and time, go to the Blanton art museum instead.
Written 5 March 2020
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Julia M
Indianapolis, Indiana472 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Business
When I was there its 2 smallish floors had only one exhibit. The exhibition was merely okay. Check what's on view before you go to be sure it's worth your time, but know that your entry fee also gets you into their sister facility, the Laguna Gloria villa, and that's a must see.
Written 26 January 2020
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BeingThereNow
Albuquerque, NM45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This exhibition space is beautifully engaged with the help of clearly talented curators collaborating with a set of brilliant artists. We roamed the exhibition, THE SORCERER'S BURDEN, and delighted in each turn. The staff were informed, friendly, and watchful to protect the art works. We highly recommend The Contemporary Austin Jones Center.
Written 23 January 2020
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XVictorious
Austin, TX477 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I enjoyed the multi-functional art presented at the museum. However, the museum needs enhanced security measures to mitigate unfortunate poor personal conduct from happening on site. For some reason places like this museum attract reprobates who think they can prey on others in the AV rooms - yes, the incident was reported to the police and an investigation is underway.
Written 12 January 2020
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Brie Valentino
Vernon, NJ729 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
I am an artist and I went with my boyfriend back in May. They had very weird art with sculptures. The museum is on the small side as well. I did enjoy going out on the roof and seeing the view of Austin.
Written 20 June 2019
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lromz
Atlanta, GA19 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
Museum is very small with only two small floors of “exhibits” from one artist. The artist that was featured when we went had a couple of pieces on the walls with most of the other pieces “sculptural”. The sculptures were mostly wooden pieces with plants and various potatoes set on them - which we were advised we could move. The third floor was empty except for the letters you could see from the street. We left and went straight to the Blanton Museum.
Written 9 June 2019
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Katherine p
Boston, MA179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
We would also have liked to get to their 14 acre Laguna Gloria Sculpture Park, but glad we had time for the Jones Center. The Abraham Cruzvillegas show was thought provoking and visually moving. Be sure to go to the roof for a great view of the city.
Written 5 May 2019
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blueroo292
New York City, NY27 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
Went with some friends one afternoon thinking we could spend the afternoon with some nice contemporary art.

First, the museum is small - three stories is a lie. There are 2 rooms and a roof (with nothing there - the roof exhibit is the words you see from outside the museum).
The remaining two rooms have only a few pieces of art. You can get in and out in 30 mins.

Second, the admission price of 10 per person ($30 for my group!) is quite steep given the small size of the museum. The art is mediocre at best.

Third, there was a performance the day we went, so 15 mins after we got there, the 2nd floor closed off!! The lady at the desk made no mention of this when we had to buy our tickets

We were very disappointed. Should have gone to a bar nearby instead...
Written 4 April 2019
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Marn627
11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Business
We walked up from SOCO only to find it was closed for a new installation. It is closed for the whole month and apparently didn’t tell anyone! The doors were unlocked and the guy working at the register (?) said they were closed. When we asked him for some info on other museums, he said he didn’t know. Really?
Written 21 March 2019
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