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.

Museum Hours and Location

Museum Hours

Monday: 12–5 pm (Baby Bloomers, 9 am–12 pm)
Tuesday: 10 am–5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am–8 pm (Community Night from 4–8 pm—admission by donation)
Thursday: 10 am–5 pm
Friday: 10 am–5 pm
Saturday: 10 am–6 pm (Baby Bloomers, 9–10 am)
Sunday: 10 am–6 pm

Thinkery will be closed July 4. Museum hours occasionally change due to special events and holidays. Please check the web calendar for updated information.

Museum Location

at the Meredith Learning Lab
1830 Simond Ave.
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 469-6200

Museum Pricing and Admission


$12 (FREE for children 0–23 months)


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Groups traveling by bus or with more than 10 children must schedule a Thinkery visit in advance through our Guided Tours and Summer Guided Tours programs. Interested? Please contact

For safety purposes, we ask that General Admission visitors adhere to a minimum adult:child ratio of 1:5.

Museums for All

Thinkery is proud to participate in Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Association of Children’s Museums’ Museums for All program!

Thinkery invites all families with Electronic Benefits Transfer cards, WIC cards, STAR cards, CHIP cards and MAP identification cards to show their card(s) to receive FREE General Admission tickets. (Special programs and events excluded.) Thinkery’s Museum for All discount can only be applied at Admissions, not online.

Open Door

Maintaining affordable access for everyone is a top priority for Thinkery. Each year, our Open Door Initiative provides subsidized admissions, camp scholarships and group tours to thousands of children and families with limited financial resources.


$2 off per family member, up to five family members. Thinkery's military discount is not available online and must be purchased at Admissions.

Parking and Transportation


Parking near Thinkery is available at the McBee Street District Garage, with entrances off McBee Street and Robert Browning Street. Thinkery will be able to provide up to three hours of free parking in the McBee Street District Garage during General Admission operating hours. Simply bring us your parking ticket, and we’ll validate it for you! Please note, Thinkery cannot validate parking in the McBee Street District Garage for special events or programs occurring outside of our General Admission operating hours.

Pay-by-phone, credit- and coin-operated metered street parking is also available around Mueller Lake Park. Please note, parking in the lot next to Mueller Lake Park or in the AMLI at Mueller parking garage will result in towing.

Bike parking is available near the main entrance of Thinkery.

Traveling with a group? School buses must unload and load students at Thinkery's Group Entrance, located on the east side of the museum.

Click here for more information about Mueller-area parking options.

Public Transportation

Capital Metro offers some routes within walking distance of the Museum: 37, 135 and 350. Visit for the latest information!

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