Umlauf Sculpture Garden And Museum839 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 04:00 pm]
With statues of bronze and stone being nuzzled be fresh, green grass, you can expect to see art and nature complement each other harmoniously in the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. It’s amongst these beautiful bushes one can find 20th century American sculptor Charles Umlauf’s exquisite creations. Expect to find exhibitions that change according to the season, ample space for lovely little garden parties and numerous stunning works of art by different artists from Austin and beyond.
Before being transformed into the work of art that stands today, this 4-acre space originally contained a few small ponds used by soldiers during the 1930s and 1940s. They were left forgotten for the next four decades after that and in 1991 the property was turned into a sculpture garden. American sculptor Charles Umlauf presented a collection of beautiful creations to the city of Austin and these were placed amongst the green grass, waterfall and streams. Eventually, the garden became home to the sculptor’s personal sculpture garden.
Today, this garden is a quiet haven away from the hustle of the city. The gentle sounds of the bubbling waterfall and trickling streams drown out traffic and general city noises. The soft grass replaces hard concrete and the glittering statuettes that pepper the ground are a lovely change to traffic cones and street lamps. Many of the plants and pathways were grown and dug out by Umlauf’s family members, making the visit here a great way to have an intimate experience with the sculptor.
Besides the garden’s namesake, there are also a few other sculptors whose creations feature here. With all this natural beauty intertwined with delicately designed man-made creations, it’s no wonder that the Sculpture Garden sees all kinds of visitors. Picnickers, joggers, art enthusiasts, artists, young couples and those seeking a venue for garden parties and engagements are drawn here, and rarely leave disappointed, and neither will you.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden And Museum Travel Tips
- Accept credit cards.
- Wheelchair accessible.
- Beware the mosquitoes!
- Bring a blanket to sit on if you want to lounge around.
Entrance Ticket Details For Umlauf Sculpture Garden And Museum
- General: $5
- Students: $1
- Under 12: Free
- Free for Children, Military and Members.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden And Museum Hours
- You can visit the place around 10:00 am.
How to Reach Umlauf Sculpture Garden And Museum
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- By Taxi: Yellow Cab, Phone- 512-452-9999.
- You can travel Austin by car and taxi as well.
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34.37% of people who visit Austin include Umlauf Sculpture Garden And Museum in their plan
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Umlauf Sculpture Garden And Museum Reviews & Ratings
It’s a small garden with sculptures. The cover is $5 so it’s not a big deal, the outdoor walking tour is under 20 minutes. I would say visit the Contemporary Austin as it’s much bigger and there’s more nature and sculptures. This place was cute but was just not impressed. 🤷🏻♀️
The Umlauf is predominately an outdoor sculpture garden which is likely what most people want to see. And you will want to see them, they are wonderful in expression as well as range of subject. From religious imagery, to scenes of mother and children to whimsical subjects such as a hippopotamus there is something for everyone. However, a quick visit to the website details many other activities you may want to experience or plan your visit around.
Lovely art! Today was Austin Museum Day, so my family and I went over to the Umlauf Sculpture Garden. There was live music, with students studying instruments playing. We were able to vote for our favored sculpture, and I learned a lot about the art of sculpting, meeting a bunch of really sweet artists. There was a little trail of nature with hidden sculptures, and a building for an art exhibit and gift shop. Wonderful!
Cool venue for a wedding (which is why we were there). The sculptures are interesting and we enjoyed walking around the garden during the reception.
The Umlauf is predominately an outdoor sculpture garden which is likely what most people want to see. And you will want to see them, they are wonderful in expression as well as range of subject. From religious imagery, to scenes of mother and children to whimsical subjects such as a hippopotamus there is something for everyone. However, a quick visit to the website details many other activities you may want to experience or plan your visit around. If you are just here for the sculptures I would budget an hour and a half. There are tour guides but also quite a helpful site map with information on each sculpture that can act as a self-guide. There are restrooms as well as a water fountain and a small book store with items to purchase. I was able to access the outdoor gallery by public bus and a reasonable walk, but parking is also available.