Neill-Cochran House Museum

2310 San Gabriel, Austin, TX 78705 - United States




Built less than 20 years after Austin was founded, the Neill-Cochran House Museum is a window on some of the earliest years of Austin’s architectural, social, and political history, including the city's only surviving living or work space used by enslaved people. Lived-in room displays, interpretive exhibits, and hands-on experiences present an opportunity to reflect on our communities' present moments through a shared past.


The Art of the Japanese Fan: Selections from the Josephine West Ladd Collection
This exhibit presents a selection of antique and modern Japanese fans acquired by Josephine West Ladd from the 1930s to 1950s. Embracing a variety of media and following different aesthetic traditions, Japanese fans were highly prized by Americans and Europeans after Japan opened to the West in the 1850s, and many later fans show evidence of having been produced specifically for an export market. These practical artifacts from daily life speak to tradition, to commerce, and to evolving aesthetics during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Prominent Upon a Hill: The Unlikely Birth and Growth of Austin
Austin in its beginnings: no place on Earth more unfortunate for the Seat of Government (Sam Houston), a new idea in the history of the world (an anonymous Houstonian), reminds one somewhat of Washington; Washington en petit (Frederick Law Olmsted), and “bids fair to become one of the most refined and pleasant cities in the western world.” (Thomas Bell). From the Austin which inspired these early opinions to an Austin more recognizably of our time, this exhibit explores the city’s first century through the maps of all kinds, from a small and isolated settlement on the frontier, to a city connected by road, rail, and bridges and adorned by a capitol and several universities.

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