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George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center

Neighbourhood: East Austin
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Address: 1165 Angelina St., Austin, TX 78702-2034
Phone Number:
+1 512-974-4926
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Thu 10:00 - 21:00
Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center is...

The George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center is dedicated to the collection, preservation, research, interpretation, and exhibition of historical and cultural material reflecting all dimensions of experiences of persons of African decent living in Austin, Travis County, Texas, and the United States.

The museum is also a key source of information on the history and celebration of Juneteenth.

Permanent Exhibits include:

LC Anderson Highschool, Austin's first African American High School

Juneteenth and Juneteenth Memorial Monuments

Austin African American Families

Jumping the Broom

George Washington Carver Window

The Genealogy Center his housed in the a historic building that was the first Austin Public Library, the first Austin Public Branch Library, the first African American Neighborhood Museum in the State of Texas, and the first genealogy center in the area focused on Black History.

Other features include:

Boyd Vance Theatre

Dance Studio

Classroom

Commercial Kitchen

Conference Room

Meeting Room

Special Event Space

Juneteenth Memorial Lawn

Special Events happen year-round.

Self-guided audio tours available upon request. Please bring your own headphones.

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The museum needs more displays. Your donation may help fund them. The building is beautiful.

The building is beautiful and the small displays are well maintained. I especially liked the Juneteenth memorial statues outside at the rear of the building. I learned quite a bit... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2017
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

The building is beautiful and the small displays are well maintained. I especially liked the Juneteenth memorial statues outside at the rear of the building. I learned quite a bit about the (very) early history of slavery in America, like there were slaves at Jamestown. What an eye opener. Since this is an admission free museum, donations are very important.... More 

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Reviewed 15 April 2016

The Museum is small and on the day we visited consisted largely of a special exhibition on 'Juneteenth'. It had some interesting family biographies of locals but our experience of museums made as yearn for this to go much further and examine issues related to slavery/ethnic intolerance in today's world. The building also acts as a community centre and things... More 

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Round Rock, Texas
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Reviewed 6 June 2015

I have attended a couple of productions, a concert and a dance recital here but never took the time to actually tour the actual museum until this time. It is awe inspiring to learn some of the history of the local area families. The artwork was a nice touch as well. It was close to closing time on a Saturday... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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Reviewed 19 April 2015

When I think museums I think displays, and a walk through history. When I went to the Carver Museum it was the opposite. Here you have an important part of Black American History with the art and times of Washington Carver, yet all that was mentioned about him and his life was on a small plague attached to the wall.... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
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Reviewed 15 December 2014

This museum is owned by the City of Austin, yet is housed in an excellent and beautiful building. It contains several interesting and well-done exhibits. The best is about the history of Juneteenth. The day we were there, we were the only visitors. It is really worth finding.

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Reviewed 6 August 2014

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Carver Museum. The only problem that I had was that I wanted to see more history on George Washington Carver. The museum featured African-American families who had an impact on Austin history. It was truly amazing to see the achievements of these families who overcame the circumstances in which they lived.

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2 Thank Erical337
Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 23 October 2012

The Carver Museum is a must-see for those who are interested in Austin's past. The permanent exhibit on Austin African-American families is engaging, especially the plastic flip books of family photographs and captions that accompany each panel on individual families. They also have a temporary exhibit consisting of Yoruba woodcarving that's simply beautiful. My only complaints are that there were... More 

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Reviewed 13 April 2012

I know because today is Friday. The LBJ library and the Historic French Legation were closed due to renovations. Nothing open in Austin today except the bars.

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