Explore UT begins at 11 a.m., but there are numerous activities available for those who may want to get an early start to their day. Several libraries and museums will open prior to the official start of Explore UT and are listed below along with other early bird activities.
Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum Exhibits
Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum (LBJ)
The LBJ Library will be open during Explore UT with free admission. Exhibits include interactive displays, videos, images and artifacts that will guide visitors through the life and legacy of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird Johnson. Features of the library also include a downloadable app to guide you through the tours (including a tour in Spanish), access to President Johnson's private telephone conversations and interactive exhibits on the Vietnam War and Six Day War that detail the President's decision making processes. You'll be able to tour a replica of the Oval Office and see artifacts from President Johnson’s time in the White House.
Perry-Castañeda Library Open House
The University of Texas Libraries - Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL)
The Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) is largest of UT's libraries with print and electronic books, journals, databases, maps and expertise to assist with research and learning. Visit the library to learn more about this unique campus resource.
Texas Memorial Museum Exhibits
Texas Memorial Museum (TMM)
Explore the Texas Memorial Museum's ongoing exhibits as well as other fun activities scheduled throughout the day. Current exhibits include:
Deep Time in Texas
Explore the museum's Hall of Geology and Paleontology featuring fossil dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, meteorites and rocks. Stop by the Paleo Lab to talk with a paleontologist while seeing how fossils are prepared, catalogued and studied.
Hall of Texas Wildlife
Come see wildlife exhibits that highlight the regions of Texas through dioramas, including mounted specimens of Texas birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
Visit the museum's exhibit, which gives a modern shine to Darwin's 151-year-old theory on evolution. Experience how scientists conduct research on evolution and examine why evolution is important to science and medicine.
Residence Hall Tours
Various Locations on Campus
The residence halls listed below will offer the guided tours of their facilities so Explore UT visitors can get a glimpse of life in a residence hall. These tours provide a fun way to take a behind the scenes look at life on campus. A description of each residence hall is available from the Explore UT schedule page by using the keyword search. You can find the location for each on the Explore UT map by using the three letter building identifier listed in parenthesis at the end of the residence hall name.
The residence halls hosting tours are:
Almetris Duren Residence Hall (ADH)
Jester West Residence Hall (JES)
Kinsolving Residence Hall (KIN)
San Jacinto Residence Hall (SJH)
OTHER SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS
Campus Walking Tour
The University of Texas at Austin Office of Admissions
Barbara Jordan Statue, Corner of 24th Street and Whitis Avenue
Take a student-led tour of campus to learn about our unique history, culture and resources. Hear from a student about life as a Longhorn. Comfortable walking shoes suggested. Tours leave at the top of every hour from the Barbara Jordan Statue at the corner of 24th Street and Whitis Avenue.
Heath District Campus Activities
Dell Medical School, School of Nursing
Health Learning Building (HLB), School of Nursing (NUR)
Construction of the new Health Learning Building, home of the Dell Medical School, is complete and Dell Med will host programs in their new space as a part of the 2017 Explore UT program. The removal of construction barricades also allows programs to take place in the nearby School of Nursing. The Explore UT shuttle route will be extended to transport visitors from the Main Campus to the area near the Frank Erwin Center and south of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Parking will also be available in the nearby Heath Center Garage (HCG) located at 1601 Trinity Street.
Visit the newly developed heath district campus to join students and representatives from the Dell Medical School and School of Nursing for fun and educational programs related to medicine, nursing, transformative health care, and improving people’s lives. You’ll also be able to view at the newest addition to the College of Fine Arts’ Landmarks public arts program, “Spiral of Galaxy,” a work by Marc Quinn that is located on the Health Learning Building plaza.
Freshman Research Initiative Showcase
College of Natural Sciences
Robert A. Welch Hall (WEL)
As a tier-one research university, UT Austin is committed to expanding the vital role research plays in the education of students. The College of Natural Sciences’ pioneering Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) provides the opportunity for students to initiate and engage in real-world research experience with faculty and graduate students during their first year of study. This program has become a national model for science education, and is encouraging students to stay in college and to complete science and math degrees.
The Freshman Research Initiative Showcase will allow visitors to meet current FRI students, tour real working research labs and explore hands-on science and displays behind the nation’s largest undergraduate research program. Several unique programs are identified under this title within the Science Safari listings in the Explore UT schedule. Join students to explore unanswered questions in science, math and technology and to learn how they uncover new knowledge and develop innovative technologies.
Children's International Festival
College of Liberal Arts
The Children's International Festival will be at the heart of the Explore UT Cultural Crossroads on the East Mall. Visitors to the festival will have the opportunity to experience the cultures of Ecuador, Russia, Tibet, France, Italy, other European nations and the Middle East.
Go back in time and craft a medieval shield or crown. Decorate your clothes with pre-Columbian art. Make your own matryoshka doll, beautiful luminary or European nations' flags to take home. Learn how to make friends from around the world in their native language. These fun activities and a world of other experiences awaits explorers at the Children's International Festival.
March with the Longhorn Band
College of Fine Arts and Texas Sports
Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium (STD), NEZ Gate 16 Entrance
Follow in the footsteps of a 100-year-old university tradition and experience the thrill of marching with the Longhorn Band (LHB). A rehearsal session will be held on the Joe Jamail Field in the Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium (STD) followed by a march to the Tower for the Explore UT class photo at 5 p.m. This "feet on field" session will feature instruction in the “LHB” style of marching by Longhorn Band members. Rehearsal begins at 4 p.m. with the march to the Tower at 4:40 p.m.
Speedway Mall Festival
The Speedway Mall is undergoing a transformation to become a vital center to life on the campus and is transitioning from a street into a pedestrian friendly walkway from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to Dean Keeton Street. While construction may provide a few obstacles, the Speedway mall will be a center of unique activites during Explore UT.
Visitors to the festival can learn from public health and fire safety demonstrations, scale the ROTC climbing wall or explore the TAME Trailblazer, a 40-foot trailer full of engineering and science exhibits sponsored by the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering.
Visit the Student Activities Center (SAC) and stop by the Gregory Gym Plaza (GRE) to see an exhibit of works by the "Littlest Longhorns," students from The University of Texas Elementary School, which opened its doors in 2003 with a mission to develop students into lifelong learners. Stop by and enjoy the Speedway Mall Festival as you make your way across campus.
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Congress Avenue
With its exhibits, Texas Spirit Theatre and Austin's largest IMAX theater, The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is a tribute to all the stories of Texas. For museum information, hours, admission, film and performance times, and costs, call (512)936-8746.