Free Family Fun at Umlauf Sculpture Garden
Admission is free through August 31
Summer may be winding down, but there's still time to enjoy some of Austin's most engaging art for free. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum has offered complimentary admission all summer long and will continue until Friday, August 31.
If it's been a while since you've visited the Umlauf, now is a great time to reacquaint yourself with dramatic pieces such as Icarus and The Kiss. And if you've never strolled the Umlauf's beautifully landscaped grounds, you can't do better than a free introduction to one of th e 20th century's most respected American sculptors.
The garden, located just across the road from Zilker Park, is designed to make art appreciation a relaxed affair. There’s plenty of room for children to roam, and yes, you can touch the outdoor sculptures. They’re waxed so that visually impaired visitors and others with special sensory learning needs can enjoy Umlauf’s art. The grounds also feature Wi-Fi and wheelchair-accessible paths.
This inclusive and relaxed approach makes the Umlauf an ideal place to introduce your kids to sculpture—fitting for an artist who had six children with his wife, Angeline Allen. Among the garden’s many dramatic nudes and religious and mythical pieces, there are a number of animal sculptures that appeal to the youngest art lovers: a rooster with its beak open, a wild boar in mid-stride, a young horse stretching its neck toward some invisible treat, and much more.
Diane Sikes, the Umlauf’s director of programs, said the summer admission giveaway is the result of a partnership with Amplify Austin’s I Live Here, I Give Here program and has been very popular.
“We raised enough funds to waive admission from May 1 through August 31, and our growth has been pretty substantial.”
Take an art break at Umlauf for free, now through the end of August. Can’t make it by the 31st? Admission will be free once again for SculptFest on Saturday, September 22 as part of Austin Museum Day.