Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art

A major stop on national art circuit tours, the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas in Austin is ranked among the top 10 university art museums in the country. Highlights here are the Suida-Manning Collection of European paintings that features 250 works by the Continental masters and the collection of 20th-century American Art assembled by novelist James A. Michener. Michener's wife Mari made the current museum building a possibility with her five million dollar donation.

There is also a large collection of Latin American Art consisting of more than 500 key works. The permanent exhibitions on show at the museum include Stacked Waters by Teresita Fernandez, a piece of installation art in the museum's atrium. Changing exhibitions often have themes that focus on aspects of American history and scenery as depicted in art, as well as displays of current artists' work.

Address: University of Texas (at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Congress Avenue)

Website: www.blantonmuseum.org

Telephone: (512) 471-7324

Opening times: Tuesdays to Fridays 10am-5pm (9pm on the third Thursday of the month), Saturdays 11am-5pm, Sundays 1pm-5pm. Closed Mondays and major public holidays.

Admission: $9 adults, children under 12 are free. Other concessions available. Admission is free on Thursdays.