During Your Visit: Updates & Rules

  • Look and enjoy, but please do not touch the art.
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the galleries, including gum and water bottles.
  • Cell phone calls are not permitted in the galleries.
  • Items larger than 11 x 15 inches – including backpacks, diaper bags, purses, umbrellas, and other bulky or rigid items – are not allowed in the museum. Lockers are available.
  • Pencils only (no pens) are permitted in the galleries.
  • Sketching is permitted in the galleries – pencil and colored pencil only, no ink or charcoal – with softbound sketchbooks no larger than 18 x 24 inches.
  • Only service animals are permitted in the buildings. Emotional support animals are not permitted inside. Learn more about The University of Texas at Austin’s policy here.

The University of Texas at Austin’s tobacco-free campus policy applies to all university buildings and on university grounds. Smoking is not allowed inside the Blanton’s three buildings and surrounding walkways, sidewalks, and parking areas.


  • Some galleries and spaces, such as the Klein Film & Video Gallery, remain temporarily closed. See a map here for all current closures.
  • The Blanton Café and Museum Shop are temporarily closed until late 2022, when the museum will celebrate the grand reopening of its new grounds. See a list of other restaurants and cafes nearby here. You can also view pdf maps of nearby “Bites and Brews” in web and print format.


  • Check in at the Visitor Services Desk. If you did not buy online tickets ahead of time, walk-up tickets will be available for purchase.
  • $4 discounted parking available at the Brazos Garage: Present your ticket for payment at the Visitor Services Desk.  Credit and debit card only (no cash).
  • Once inside, please follow our guidelines and enjoy the art!
  • Visits to Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin are included in museum admission. To visit Austin, check in at the main museum entrance first.
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  • Do not visit the Blanton Museum of Art if you, anyone in your household, or anyone with whom you have had contact within the last 14 days is sick or feeling ill.
  • Masks are optional inside the museum. If you are not fully vaccinated or have a weakened immune system, masks and social distancing are optional but recommended. This is in accordance with The University of Texas at Austin updated guidance effective May 19, 2021. Read more about The University of Texas at Austin’s mask recommendations here.


  • Changing tables are located in all restrooms; there are no restrooms or changing areas on the second floor.
  • Bags larger than 11 x 15 inches, including diaper bags, are not allowed in the galleries. Lockers are available on the ground floor.
  • No baby backpacks or large-framed child carriers, please. Soft frontpacks and strollers are allowed in the museum.
  • No snacks, drinks, or toys are allowed in the galleries.
  • Some art in the museum contains content or ideas of an adult nature. If you are visiting with small children, feel free to ask our Visitor Services team or Gallery Assistants for further information about adult content in the galleries.
  • If you have questions, please call the Visitor Services Desk at 512-471-5482.


Amateur photography and video using hand-held devices is allowed in the Blanton Museum of Art unless otherwise indicated by museum staff or signs. To ensure the safety of the art, we do NOT allow:

  • Flash Photography
  • Tripods
  • Monopods
  • Selfie Sticks

Feel free to text, take photos, and tweet about your visit, but please keep your phone on vibrate as a courtesy to other visitors.  We love seeing creative photos from our visitors—when posting your photos please tag them #blantonmuseum so we’ll see them too!

At this time, the museum cannot accommodate requests for photography, videography or filming for student projects or for professional sessions (including engagement photo shoots).

The Blanton Museum of Art reserves the right to remove an individual or group that is causing a distraction that may detract from the experience of other visitors.