2015 Austin Museum Day Instagram Contest


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By Rob Hodges, THC Social Media Coordinator

2015 Austin Museum Day Instagram Contest

Austin Museum Day is a free, city-wide celebration of art, culture, history, music, nature, and science. More than 40 museums in the greater Austin area offer free admission throughout the day, with many providing special programming, guided tours, and hands-on activities. Organized by the Austin Museum Partnership, the annual event takes place on Sunday, September 20 this year.

The THC is proud to participate once again by presenting the Austin Museum Day Instagram Contest. Museum Day attendees can show off all the cool things they encounter at museums and have a chance to win museum memberships, guest passes, and more. To enter the contest, complete these simple steps:

  1. Follow @TxHistComm and @austinmuseums on Instagram.
  2. Take a photo at participating institutions and post it to a public profile, tagging the institution, #TxHistComm, #austinmuseums, and #MuseumDay2015.

Multiple submissions are allowed. The contest closes at 9 p.m. on September 20, and submissions posted after that time will not be included. A judging panel will select 1st through 3rd places, and winners will be announced the following week. Winners of last year’s contest may submit photos, but are not eligible to win this year.

Last year’s inaugural Instagram contest produced many outstanding photos that captured the wonder, excitement, and diversity of Austin Museum Day. We received nearly 250 submissions, and the top 20 can be seen in the photo gallery below. It was tough to pick three winners, but a panel of judges composed of Austin Museum Partnership board members and THC and Texas Commission on the Arts staff eventually came up with 1st through 3rd place. The winners received impressive gift bags loaded with great donations from participating institutions—including museum memberships and passes, books, t-shirts, hats, posters, mugs, and other gift shop memorabilia.

Check out the gallery below and see if you agree with our choices.

Austin Museum Day takes place on Sunday, September 20, 2015. Download the Austin Museum Partnership app to your iOS or Android device for access to Austin Museum Day events and year-round museum information.

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Photo Gallery

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