Texas Music Museum

Texas Music Museum

Welcome to the Texas Music Museum, a unique history museum located in Austin.

This museum explores Texas's musical history via exhibits, performances, archives, and a wide range of public programs, open to the public since 1984. It works to 'celebrate the diverse traditions of Texas music', presenting to guests the story of the musicians who made Austin the Live Music Capital of the World you know and love today. Inside you will find a true treasury of artifacts, documents, and reference materials surrounding the diverse traditions of Texas music, the entire collection highlighting the contributions of these musicians to the musical heritage of the nation and the world.

Volunteers to the museum spend time interviewing and photographing musicians, then they collect and preserve artifacts, early photos, documents, and reference materials within the museum and present them in various exhibits and educational programs. There are several regular live musical performances, the events encouraging active participation, appreciation, and ongoing preservation of Texas music.

There are two current permanent exhibits, the first called The Contributions of East Austin African-American Music to Texas Music, and the second called Texas Music Pioneers. Texas Music Pioneers allows guests to explore the state's musical history from conceptualization, covering many different genres including the following; Texas Patriotic, Country, Gospel, Classical, Cowboy, Big Band, Western Swing, Blues, Rock, Jazz, Ragtime, Soul, Pop, and Ethnic (Czech, Tejano, and more).

This is an excellent stop to make for musical groups, as well as any aged group interested in unique Texas state history tidbits in general.