Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
Art lovers and Austin first-time visitors will absolutely love a chance to visit the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, the art center that focuses on the artistic works of American sculptor Charles Umlauf.
Located in the Zilker neighborhood of Austin, this sculpture haven allows guests to admire, learn about, and even touch some of Umlauf's finest works over the years, the sculptures inside all created from 1939 to 1985. There are also works from Umlauf's influences and other contemporary artists inside, all of which you can learn about during a guided docent-led tour. The tours last about an hour and take you through the extensive permanent collection, special exhibitions, and for the younger guests, even offer the opportunity for a sculpture scavenger hunt. Public tours occur on the third Saturday of the month at 12 noon and are free with the price of admission, tours at any other time need to be scheduled prior with the museum. General museum admission comes with a self-guided tour.
See such famous Umlauf works as Mother and Child, John the Baptist, Amanti, Eve, Torchbearers, and more from Umlauf, then learn about Charles Umlauf himself. Umlauf got an early start at the Art Institute of Chicago and went on to master the art of sculpting with various mediums such as exotic woods, terra cotta, cast stone, bronzes, alabasters, and marbles. He created works of family, animals, religious and mythical figures, and sensuous nudes, his work now featured at such highly respected art galleries as the MET and Smithsonian.
While wandering the sculpture garden please note that the statues have been washed and waxed for gentle touching, the purpose mainly for blind/visually impaired guests, though all are welcome to carefully touch the statues throughout.