Austin, Texas Attractions

Unusual landmarks, museums, roadside attractions, and hidden wonders in Austin and the surrounding area. State capital, college town, and new tech hub that embraces its weirdness, with an impressive spray of oddball public art, much of it DIY. Little museums cater to the non-normal. Also: urban bats!

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  • Cathedral of Junk

    Cathedral of Junk

    Austin, Texas

    Vince Hannemann's backyard folk art environment was built out of cast-offs because he thought it was fun.

  • Museum of the Weird

    Museum of the Weird

    Austin, Texas

    Monsters, UFOs, ghosts, Bigfoot -- this small-but-enthusiastic museum in a gift shop covers it all. Don't miss the frozen missing link, and the sideshow theater performance.

  • 33-Foot-Tall Humanoid

    33-Foot-Tall Humanoid

    Austin, Texas

    "Looking Up" was sculpted by Tom Friedman to appear as if made out of thousands of mashed-up aluminum roasting pans.

  • Statue of Stevie Ray Vaughan

    Statue of Stevie Ray Vaughan

    Austin, Texas

    Blues guitar demigod Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash in 1990. Three years later Austin erected a larger-than-life bronze statue of him.

  • Light Bulb Idea Man

    Light Bulb Idea Man

    Austin, Texas

    A light bulbs-only specialty store is topped by a smartly dressed man with a classic "IDEA" light bulb over his head. Surely they light him at night!

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