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Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, Austin

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The Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, stylized as the UMLAUF, is a museum and outdoor sculpture garden centered on the artistic works of American sculptor Charles Umlauf. Located at 605 Azie Morton Road in the Zilker neighborhood of Austin, Texas, the garden is adjacent to Austin's Zilker Park.

In 1985, Charles and Angeline Umlauf donated their home, studio, and 168 Umlauf sculptures to the City of Austin. Six years later, in 1991, the City built a museum to display the artwork on adjoining city property with private funds. Staff and volunteers maintain the museum with support of grants, donated funds, and contributions from the City of Austin, to maintain the museum and xeriscaped garden. The Museum maintains a seasonal schedule including exhibitions of Charles Umlauf and his twentieth century peers and contemporary art exhibitions.

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  • The sculptures were very good and the setting was peaceful. The animal sculptures were excellent and realistic. The others are subjective depending on your taste in art. 
    The sculptures were very good and the setting was peaceful. The animal sculptures were excellent and realistic. The others are subjective depending on your taste in art.  more »
  • Beautiful garden with well laid out Sculptures by Charles Julius Umlauf. There are about 59 sculptures on various themes - Pieta, Mother and child, John the Baptist, Muses, animals etc. Worth the... 
    Beautiful garden with well laid out Sculptures by Charles Julius Umlauf. There are about 59 sculptures on various themes - Pieta, Mother and child, John the Baptist, Muses, animals etc. Worth the...  more »
  • Umlauf was an amazing sculptor who created sculptures of haunting expressionism, detailed neoclassical realism and lyrical abstraction. Upon entry to this small garden we knew nothing of this man... 
    Umlauf was an amazing sculptor who created sculptures of haunting expressionism, detailed neoclassical realism and lyrical abstraction. Upon entry to this small garden we knew nothing of this man...  more »
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  • Every time I come back to Austin, I try one new place to visit. I checked out the Umlauf Sculpture Garden! Tickets are only $7/person, which makes sense as the garden is rather smaller than I anticipated. I would say you will finish exploring the garden in about 40 minutes. But I still enjoyed it. I came on a Friday morning when they opened. The staff was nice and you get a sculpture guide so you can read more about each sculpture created by Charles Umlauf. When you're done, return the guide. I will say that there's very limited parking so if this garden is on your list, I recommend coming as soon as they open to get a parking spot close to the entrance, otherwise there's overflow parking down the street.
  • Lovely little hidden gem in the shadow of downtown Austin! I had no idea it existed, nor the story behind the man behind the place. Excellent for meditation, reading, relaxing, escaping the chaos for a bit. The curator and docents are all kind, knowledgeable and wow approachable. I'll be back, frequently! ♡
  • Only 3 dollars with a student ID, it’s a small park but it’s full of fun sculptures. A great way to spend 30 minutes to an hour and adjacent to Zilker park so it’s convenient to get to.
  • My dad studied under Umlauf in the 1960's. Seeing this with my dad gave me a different perspective. I love the animal sculptures the most. The garden was overflowing with greenery and is very organic. The landscape architecture is a wonderful compliment to the sculptures. And we even saw wildlife - 4 armadillos eating in the wooded area just off the path. Bring your bug spray! We got bitten a lot and that was why we didn't stay longer. Parking is an issue here. Allow extra time and be prepared to walk. Paths were well defined and it seems most of this garden is accessible for wheels. Crushed granite mostly and some cement and brick substrates. It was a must see on our trip. We really liked the staff too. Don't miss it! Restrooms were clean and easy to get to. One of the highlights of our trip. Beautiful and inspiring display of sculpture. Make time to do this!
  • Umlauf was a beautiful location to host our wedding. Each venue has its own peculiarities and pros and cons, so make sure you understand them before you book (the garden is open to the public during the day and going late at Umlauf is not an option, as amplified sound must be turned off at 10 PM per Austin city ordinance). You’d probably want to go with mostly preferred vendors, which is what we did. That being said, we had a wonderful experience at Umlauf. Office staff were great to work with (Amanda was always very helpful and responsive). We fit our wedding of about 50 people underneath the pagoda for dinner which was the perfect setting. The garden was pretty remarkable for our ceremony. And despite that ordinance, we were still able to host a great dance party for our guests. We highly recommend Umlauf.

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