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.
Monday: (Baby Bloomers), 9 am – 12 pm ONLY
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–5 pm
The last ticket sold 30-minutes before closing.
Museum hours occasionally change due to special events and holidays. Please check the web calendar for updated information.
Our maker spaces begin to close one hour before closing.
During the school year, school groups are playing and exploring in the museum every Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 am–1:30 pm and from 9:30 am–3:30 pm during the summer. The first Tuesday of the month is No Tour Tuesday.
at the Meredith Learning Lab
1830 Simond Ave.
Austin, TX 78723
Museum Pricing and Admission
$14 (FREE for children 0–23 months)
FREE admission year-round. Discounted admission to special programs including Baby Bloomers, Family Nights, Camp and Thinkery 21. Not a Thinkery Member? Become a Member today!
Discounts and Benefits
Thinkery Visitor Guidelines
Thinkery invites guests to engage in positive experiences that spark imagination and stimulate curiosity. To support positive visits, the Museum expects the following from all guests:
Thinkery’s Guidelines for Playful and Safe Exploration
The Museum reserves the right to refuse admission, revoke membership, control occupancy, or eject any person whose conduct is deemed by the management to be disorderly or fails to comply with this Code of Conduct.
Below are some frequently asked questions and rules and policies about Thinkery with some helpful tips for your next visit.
How long does it take to go through the museum?
Depending on your child’s age, and which programs you attend, the length of your visit may vary every time! We advise planning for a 2–3 hour visit.
When are your quietest times to visit?
No Tour Tuesdays (the first Tuesday of each month) and late afternoons are generally the museum’s quietest hours. Please note that Thinkery hours vary during the summer, and seasonal crowds can impact noise within the museum. Check out our web calendar for up-to-date information!
Where can we keep our stroller and belongings while we play?
Due to the close proximity of parking to the museum, we suggest you leave your stroller in your vehicle, if possible. Limited stroller parking is available in the museum. Small lockers are available for $1 per day. You can purchase your locker when you check in at Admissions. A valid driver’s license or credit card will be held for collateral. There is a $5 fee for lost locker keys.
Do you allow re-entry?
With the purchase of a General Admission ticket, you are welcome to leave and return to Thinkery in the same day. Upon re-entry, you must go through the admissions line and verify payment by showing your receipt or Member card at a register. Re-entry does not apply to special programs, such as Baby Bloomers and Field Trips.
Can I drop my child off at the museum?
A guardian must accompany a child throughout the museum. Guardians must be 18 years of age or older. Parents/Caregivers are responsible for supervising their children at all times. You are your child’s best advocate for staying safe.
Do you have a Lost and Found?
If you’ve already left the museum, please call the museum’s Reservations desk at (512) 469-6201. You must be able to provide the approximate date the item was left and be able to describe the item in detail. The museum’s policy is to hold items for 14 days. After that, the items will be donated to shelters and thrift stores.
May I bring my pet to Thinkery?
Thinkery welcomes service animals—other animals or pets are not allowed except as part of museum programs.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.
- Dogs or therapy animals whose function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals according to ADA, even with a doctor’s note.
What is your adult to child ratio?
We require a 1:5 (Adult: Children) ratio on our exhibit floor. Children must be supervised al all times. No security can take the place of adult supervision.
Can I bring my sick child to the museum?
Children with an elevated temperature, or an illness that may be contagious (such as pink eye or flu) or too sick to go to school are asked not to visit the Museum for the safety of our guests.
Is food available? Can we bring food?
Inside the museum, a snack area is available with tables and chairs, as well as a healthy food vending machine. You are welcome to bring food, however all food, drinks and gum are not permitted in our exhibit spaces. Additionally, there are several other options for food within walking distance and more to come as the Mueller neighborhood expands.
Do I have to wear shoes?
Shoes must always be worn, unless otherwise specified in a gallery space.
Can I bring balloons?
Balloons are permitted inside the building.
Is smoking allowed?
The Museum is a non-smoking facility, including e-cigarettes.
What if I have a meeting at Thinkery?
Business visitors must check in with a Guest Services staff member at Admissions.
We are committed to keeping the museum clean and safe for guests.
- Deep cleaning, by a professional cleaning service, takes place when the museum is closed.
- A full-time cleaning team consistently cleans the restrooms.
- Staff is required to consistently wash their hands.
- Handwashing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness. In addition to handwashing facilities in every bathroom, Thinkery also offers hand sanitization stations throughout the museum.
- Bloom, designed for children who are still crawling, has a no-shoe policy to keep the carpet pristine. Hospital-grade booties are provided at the entrance for people to slip over their shoes if they prefer.
Are weapons or firearms allowed at Thinkery?
Thinkery is committed to maintaining a safe and secure
environment for our visitors. As posted at Thinkery’s entrance—and in
accordance to laws of the State of Texas—for the safety of our children, no
weapons (including concealed or open carry) are allowed. With the exception of
law enforcement, anyone possessing a weapon will be asked to remove it from our
Pursuant to Section 30.06, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with a concealed handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with a concealed handgun.
Pursuant to Section 30.07, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with an openly carried handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with an openly carried handgun.
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.
Capital Metro offers some routes within walking distance of the Museum: 37, 135 and 350. Visit capmetro.org for the latest information!
Refund and Exchange Policies
General Admission Tickets
General admission tickets are non-refundable. Exchanges may be made with a minimum 24 hours notice of the original date. In the event of an emergency closing by the Museum, the ticket purchaser will have the option of an exchange or refund.
Ticketed one-time programs
Tickets sold for one-time programs are nonrefundable. This includes Thinkery 21, Family Night, Noon Year’s Eve and the Very Nervous Caterpillar.
Camp fees include a $75 non-refundable fee. Refunds, less the $75 non-refundable fee, are given for cancellations made before May 18, 2020. There are no refunds offered for cancelled registrations after May 18, 2020. If you are registered for camp and need to change weeks or sessions, there will be a $50 administrative fee once the change is approved. If the camp you are registered for is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be refunded your tuition payment in full.
If you are interested in booking additional camp weeks, please call (512) 469-6201 or register online! The camp you sign up for is uniquely yours—sessions are not transferable to other campers.
Memberships are non-transferable and non-refundable.
Retail returns or exchanges
Museum Store returns or exchanges can be issued for most items within 30 days of purchase. Items must be accompanied by the receipt.
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Plan your next trip to Thinkery
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