Science, Art and Architecture Tour | Kids Out and About Austin

Science, Art and Architecture Tour

Experience the intersection of history, science, art and architecture at the Science Mill in Johnson City! The Science Mill now offers guided, adults-only tours of the museum and its amazing exhibits.

Led by a Science Mill educator, tour participants will:

·         Get a glimpse into the history of the Science Mill, housed in an 1880 cotton mill.

·         Explore the museum’s unique architecture blending old and new, including the 40-foot grain silos now housing interactive science exhibits.

·         See Johnson City as it was years ago in our “A Mill in Time” photo exhibition.

·         Discover unique pieces of art created by local artists especially for the Mill, including exhibits, paintings, murals, sculptures, video displays and installations.

·         Watch a short 3D science movie.

·         Enjoy a pre-arranged lunch in our onsite Lady Bird Lane Café.

·         See how art and science intersect to create a world of curiosity and beauty in our creative and interactive exhibits, including:

o   Wave Pendulum—Twelve silver steel balls hanging at increasing lengths are suspended 30 feet in the air. You control them with a push of the button and watch the laws of physics to artfully play out. 

o   Silo of McKays—Created by Wimberley artist McKay Otto, this contemplative art installation that combines light and sound in a space for meditation and reflection.

o   The Story of Water—Enter the underground world of aquifers and explore the movement of water through caves and crevices in this exhibit.

o   Fractalarium—Combining mathematics, art and biology, this colorful large-scale model that demonstrates how fractals—or repeating patterns—occur in nature.

o   Bio Lab—Meet the axolotls, endangered salamanders that can regenerate their limbs and organs, use your cell phone as a microscope, pump air into a real pig’s lung and more!

o   Paludarium—Observe tropical flora and fauna in an enclosed natural habitat.

o   And much more!

The nonprofit Science Mill, which opened in 2015, is a wonderful place for all ages to explore and learn. It is located in the heart of Johnson City and is adjacent to the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park.


$20 per person (includes admission, tour and lunch). Group rate of $17 per person for groups of 10 or more.

Space is limited. Email or call 844.263.6405 to make a reservation.



Science Mill
101 S. Lady Bird Lane
Johnson City, TX, 78636
United States


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Anne Herbert
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$20 per person (includes admission, tour and lunch). Group rate of $17 per person for groups of 10 or more.


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