South Austin Museum of Popular Culture

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South Austin Museum of Popular Culture
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If you’re lucky enough to encounter ’em, native Austinites are always ready to hand down insider tidbits of the city’s music history by relating countless oral tales, but there’s something particularly compelling about gleaning details of the city’s golden era of music via physical artistic works. For that, you’ll want to make a trip to the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture, which specializes in collecting and displaying music posters dating from the 1960s to present. The gallery also regularly exhibits photography, painting, clips from publications, film/video and other ephemera chronicling the Live Music Capital of the World’s sonic history. Unlike aesthetically similar pieces at the Mondo Gallery, these works—which since 2004 have grown into an archive of more than 3,000 objects plus upwards of 10,000 images, photographs, sound and video files—aren’t for sale. But it’s a certified non-profit contributing tens of thousands to the local economy, so you can always feel good about making a donation while satiating your music-related art fix.

By: David Brendan Hall

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Venue name: South Austin Museum of Popular Culture
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Address: 1516 S Lamar Blvd
Austin
78704-2923
Cross street: at Collier St
Opening hours: Thu-Sun 1-6pm
Price: Free
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