We’re sorry but the Elisabet Ney Museum is CLOSED until further notice per City of Austin COVID 19 directives.

In the meantime, scroll below for links to find out more about:


· SUFFRAGE NOW: A 19th Amendment Centennial Exhibition

· Suffrage activities and curriculum

· Elisabet Ney: Art For Humanities Sake online exhibition

· Art activities and programming

· Online tours and other “Ney-ana,”

Stay Well and thank you!



Starring Denton's BRAVE COMBO and San Antonio's PIÑATA PROTEST.

Featuring Phoenix's GOMEZ BAND, and many more!
Sunday, October 25, 2020
2:00 - 5:00 PM

Celebrate Oktoberfest, Dia de los Muertos and Halloweeen the Elisabet Ney way with three incredible Polka bands in a fun mix of ethno-various sounds! And this year, do it ONLINE!

Yes, POLKAPOCALYPSE 2020 will be all ONLINE!

To register to attend free, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/.../polkapocalypse-2020-online...

Rather than doing it in person which is our usual MO, we will be doing this one ONLINE, and making the MOST of this extraordinary opportunity to bring POLKAPOCALYPSE! to your OWN HOME!

As always, Brave Combo is our headline act! Also starring San Antonio’s Piñata Protest! And featuring Phoenix’s Gomez Band and many more!

Yes: Admission is FREE!
Yes: Registration is on Eventbrite (see link above)
Yes: There will be a dance floor if you have one at home!
Yes: Set your screen up in the backyard and have a picnic!
Yes: There will be food and beverages in your fridge!
Yes: Parking is available in your driveway!

This is going to be a rockin experience, friends! Let's have virtual fun!

POLKAPOCALYPSE! is produced by the Elisabet Ney Museum and Texas Folklife, with support from Texas Commission on the Arts. Texas Folklife receives support from the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin. The Elisabet Ney Museum is a part of Austin Parks and Recreation Department.

The City of Austin is proud to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require assistance for participation in our programs or use of our facilities, please call (512) 974-6700

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Elisabet Ney Museum

The historic home and studio of Elisabet Ney, a wildly iconoclastic German sculptor who moved to Austin in 1882, The Elisabet Ney Museum enthusiastically celebrates her art, her history and her legacy through exhibitions and events for the whole family. The museum enjoys numerous historic designations and is a cornerstone of the Hyde Park National Register Historic Neighborhood. Admission is free.


On Exhibit

The Elisabet Ney Museum houses the World’s largest collection of this remarkable woman’s work, spanning the 1850s through her death at the site in 1907, along with furnishings and ephemera. The Museum also exhibits contemporary artists in the building as well as on the grounds, much of which features a Historic Prairie Landscape Restoration that mimics what Miss Ney found when she purchased the property in 1882.  For tours of the building and these collections, see below.


In SUFFRAGE NOW, the Elisabet Ney Museum asked contemporary women photographers to share photos that comment on the Centennial of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment. The photos were selected by a preeminent jury of curators, photo editors, photographers and artists. Photos are accompanied by commentary by the photographers. The exhibition is ALL online. Participate on social media by using the hashtag “#SuffrageNow”!

Please visit the online exhibition and related programming here.

In ELISABET NEY: ART FOR HUMANITY’S SAKE, the Elisabet Ney Museum brings together over 80 pieces from our collections and puts them online! Enjoy the ultimate portrait of Elisabet via portions of our extensive collection portrayed in a way never before possible: online! Portrait and allegorical sculptures, studies, maquettes as well as archives, letters, photos, tools, personal effects—even clothing—are all displayed in this crisp, and useful, online exhibition. Casual fans to advanced researchers will find the data of great interest. You can even see things that are never visible to the public—items that are deep in our collections room!

Please visit the online exhibition here

For more information about these exhibitions, please visit our Exhibits page.


  • September 2020 is Portraiture Month at the Elisabet Ney Museum! For more information, check our Programs, Events, and Services page!

  • For a video tour of the Elisabet Ney Museum’s main collection, given by Museum Site Coordinator Oliver Franklin, please click here: Elisabet Ney Museum Collection Tour

  • For a video tour of the past Special Exhibition “Barbara Attwell: Rewylding”, please visit Barbara Atwell: Rewylding Exhibition

  • For a video tour of the Museum’s Native Prairie Historic Landscape restoration project, given by Mino Giunta, the Museum’s landscape specialist, please click here: Elisabet Ney Museum Landscape Tour

  • For a video demonstration of Plein Aire painting created by Baron Wilson of Austin Plein Aire Society using the Elisabet Ney Museum as a model, please click here: Plein Aire Demonstration

You can find more virtual activities and activity guides that you can engage with in your own home on our Programs, Events, and Services page.



The Elisabet Ney Museum engages over 25,000 visitors per year in tours, events, festivals, openings and lectures, the most popular being POLKAPOCALYPSE! Tours are suggested during open hours and upon request. For more information, visit our Programs, Events, and Services page.




An early leader of the Texas Women’s Movement and a vigorous Civil Rights, education and arts advocate, Miss Ney was one of a kind. School groups get curriculum-aligned tours of the site ranging from Pre-K to High School, featuring art, history, science, and multi-disciplinary STEAM programming. For more information, visit our Programs, Events, and Services page.

Elisabet Ney Biography

Formosa Studio

In 1892, European portrait sculptress Elisabet Ney (1833-1907) purchased property in Austin, established a studio named Formosa and resumed her career as a noted sculptor of notables.

At Formosa, Ney sculpted legendary Texans, among them Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston. Ney also assembled at her American studio portraits of European notables, including King Ludwig II of Bavaria, Otto von Bismarck, Arthur Schopenhauer and Jacob Grimm rendered from life as a young artist in Europe.

From Studio to Museum

At the turn of the 19th century, Elisabet Ney’s studio became a gathering place for influential Texans drawn to “Miss Ney” and to the stimulating discussions of politics, art and philosophy that took place there. Following Ney’s death in 1907, her friends preserved the studio and its contents as the Elisabet Ney Museum and established the Texas Fine Arts Association dedicated to her memory.

About the Museum

The Elisabet Ney Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places based on its significance as the former American studio of Elisabet Ney.  The museum is also a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program.  Unless otherwise indicated, the portraits and personal memorabilia in the Elisabet Ney Museum form the Elisabet Ney Collection of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center of the University of Texas at Austin.

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