Where Science Smiles

Thinkery is Austin’s home for “why” and “how.” A place where science and families play side by side. Where people connect with ideas by doing, making and experiencing. It’s a foundry for a new generation of innovators and creative problem solvers. And it’s a heck of a good time.



To create innovative learning experiences that equip and inspire the next generation of creative problem solvers.



A creative community with a passion for lifelong learning and discovery.

Key Values

  • Inclusive
    We will be INCLUSIVE by making every facet relevant and accessible to all.
  • Excellence
    We will promote EXCELLENCE as a dynamic standard for which we strive; to serve at the very best of our ability.
  • Respect
    We will amplify RESPECT by treating people with honor and dignity.
  • Innovation
    We will spark INNOVATION by embracing risk and seeing failure as lessons learned.
  • Playfulness
    We will encourage PLAYFULNESS with the confidence to let go and enjoy.
  • Cooperation
    We will foster COOPERATION by working together to form a collaborative best.
  • Creativity
    We will unleash CREATIVITY by exploring the path between what is and what can be imagined.

Thinkery policy prohibits weapons of any kind on the museum campus.

Thinkery is funded through a combination of philanthropic gifts and earned income. Additionally, the museum is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.