Thinkery is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 crisis.
We will remain closed to the public through at least Friday, May 1, 2020.
Thinkery is Austin’s home for “why” and “how.”
It’s 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.
Our maker spaces begin to close one hour before the museum closes.
Museum hours occasionally change due to special events and holidays. Please check the web calendar for updated information.
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:
Read Thinkery’s Guidelines for Playful and Safe Exploration
Read Thinkery’s Rules & Policies FAQ
Health, Wellness & Cleaning Information
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.
Parking and Transportation
Parking is available at the McBee Street District Garage, with entrances off McBee Street and Robert Browning Street. Thinkery provides up to three hours of free parking in the McBee Street District Garage during General Admission 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 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
Ticketed one-time programs
Retail returns or exchanges
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Plan your next trip to Thinkery
We have tons of fun and exciting things to do, updated on a regular basis. Check out what we have to offer and see if you can join us!