Austin Nature & Science Center Exhibits

The Austin Nature & Science Center (ANSC) offers a variety of educational science and nature-based exhibits that round out the visitor's experience. Some of the exhibits, like the Naturalist Workshop, have program elements. The exhibits are open to the public during regular visitor hours with no entry fee, but donations are accepted.  For more information, please call Visitor Services staff at 512-974-3888.

In light of recent public health concerns, the Austin Nature & Science Center remains closed.  Read more here.


WildlifeLearn about a wide variety of native wildlife in our outdoor and indoor exhibits.  Visit the Small Wonders and Wildlife exhibits and learn how you can help our animal ambassadors.

Dino Pit

The Dino Pit is an outdoor exhibit designed to instruct visitors about paleontology. Dig for fossils from ancient Texas.

Naturalist Workshop

Naturalist WorkshopGet in touch with items straight from nature!  Come touch and explore furs, rocks, bones, plants, insects, magnifying glasses, and more.

Forest Trail

Forest Trail The Forest Trail is a self-guided exhibit of forty-five trees planted and maintained site-wide to encourage the selection of native trees appropriate for landscapes in Central Texas. Artwork by Robert Obrien.

Honey Bee Observation Hive

Fascinated by the European honey bee? Check out our indoor exhibit in the Visitors Pavilion to view the inner workings of a living hive.  You might even locate the queen bee herself!  Bees and care provided by Austin Bees.

Pond Walk

Take a walk around our site to learn more about our pond system. Look for basking turtles at the Upper Pond. Watch the water flow below from the bridge at the Creek. Meet curious fish at the dock of our Lower Pond.

Bird Blind

The bird blind allows visitors to get a behind the scenes look at our wild birds.  A tall wooden structure with small holes for viewing allows people to quietly watch birds.  Our bird-only side has underbrush for camouflage, seeds, and water, which provides a happy habitat for birds and other wildlife.

Art In Public Places

The Art in Public Places program requests proposals from visual artists or artist teams to design, fabricate, install and de-install artworks to based at city-owned locations around the city, including ANSC. More information about temporary exhibition of public art across Austin, visit the AIPP website.

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