Elisabet Ney Museum

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Elisabet Ney Studio and Museum
The outside of the museum
Location 304 E. 44th St
Austin, Texas, USA
Coordinates 30°18′24″N 97°43′35″W / 30.30667°N 97.72639°W / 30.30667; -97.72639Coordinates: 30°18′24″N 97°43′35″W / 30.30667°N 97.72639°W / 30.30667; -97.72639
Built 1892
Governing body City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department
NRHP Reference # 72001374
Added to NRHP November 29, 1972

The Elisabet Ney Museum is a museum located in Austin, Texas, United States. The museum is housed in the former studio of sculptor Elisabet Ney and is dedicated to showcasing her life and works. There is a permanent collection of Ney's portrait busts and personal memorabilia on display.

Inside the museum

Formosa, as Ney called the studio, was completed in 1893 and enlarged in 1902. It was the earliest art studio built in Texas. After Ney died in 1907, Ella and Joseph B. Dibrell purchased the building to preserve it as an art center in memory of Ney.[1] The City of Austin assumed ownership of the museum in 1941 and it is managed through the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. In addition to being a local and state historic landmark, the museum was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 29, 1972.

From July 1980 to November 1982, the museum was closed for restoration and the installation of a climate-control system. The museum is currently undergoing another major renovation funded through a grant from the Save America's Treasures project and a 2006 voter-approved bond.[2]

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