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Museums, Theaters, & Sixth Street
Looking for music, drinks, and a good show? Then downtown Austin is the place to be. Central Austin is home to impressive condo towers, tons of theaters, venues, and restaurants, and many a museum.
Just north of Lady Bird Lake, downtown Austin is home to the famed Sixth Street entertainment district. Also known as the Sixth Street Historic District – a U.S. Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places – this nine-block area consists of music venues, annual festivals, and the well-known Ritz Theater of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. The Sixth Street Historic District also hosts the famed South By Southwest music festival, the Republic of Texas Biker Rally, and the Pecan Street Festival.
Also found in the downtown district, the Austin Museum of Art – referred to as AMOA-Downtown or the Jones Center – is great source of culture during your trip to Austin. The downtown location is accompanied by the Laguna Gloria – found northwest of downtown on the Clara Driscoll estate – to create the Austin Museum of Art enterprise. The downtown art museum is open Wednesdays from noon to 11 p.m., Sundays from noon to 5 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday from noon to 9 p.m.
Less than a block away from AMOA-Downtown, the historic Paramount Theater is yet another downtown staple. Built in 1915, Paramount Theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and plays host to theatrical performances, stand-up comedy, and children’s programming. Both city and state landmarks, the Paramount Theater and neighboring State Theatre serve visitors and residents of Austin as vintage movie houses.
Whether catching a movie at the Ritz or Paramount theater, looking to bar hop in the Sixth Street Historic District, or needing to browse the Austin Museum of Art, downtown Austin can’t help but be your answer.
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