Arts & Culture

Bastrop County’s art and culture scene is anything but ordinary. From live music to live-performance theaters, you’re sure to discover inspiration and creativity in each of our cities. There are seven museums in Bastrop County, an art center with events of its own, plus numerous galleries, shops and studios. Here in Bastrop County, you can even create your OWN masterpiece!


Bastrop Opera House

Bastrop

711 Spring Street, Bastrop, TX

512-321-6283

The historic 1889 Bastrop Opera House offers wonderful award-winning stage performances of vaudeville, melodramas, musicals and comedies. The Opera House provides visitors with a live…

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David L. Smith: A Gallery

Elgin

104 W. First, Elgin, TX

512-281-2427

New in Elgin! Stop by David L. Smith’s A Gallery for home decor and antiques.

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Deep in the Heart Art Foundry

Bastrop

512-321-7868

Call for an appointment to tour one of the few full-service art foundries in the country.

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Elgin Depot Museum

Elgin

14 Depot Street, Elgin, TX

512-285-2000

Located in the historic Union Depot, circa 1903, the museum includes an extensive archive collection and is the repository for historic photographs.

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James H. Long Railroad Park and Museum

Smithville

100 NW 1st Street, Smithville, TX

512-237-2313

Whether you’re a railroad aficionado, or just enjoy the charm of small, historic towns, the James H. Long Railroad Park and Museum in Smithville, Texas,…

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Jerry Fay Wilhelm Center for the Performing Arts

Bastrop

1401 Cedar Street, Bastrop, TX

512-772-7800

The Jerry Fay Wilhelm Center for the Performing Arts was named for Jerry Fay Wilhelm, who directed Bastrop High School’s U.I.L. One-Act-Play competition for 27…

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Lost Pines Art Center

Bastrop

1204 Chestnut Street, Bastrop, TX

512-321-8055

The Lost Pines Art Center is the largest comprehensive art center in Texas. It houses several galleries, art shops, a coffee/wine bar and classroom spaces.

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Lost Pines Artisans Alliance (LPAA) Gallery on Main

Smithville

206 Main Street, Smithville, TX

512-237-9299

Shop locally for that unique and lovely piece of artwork, from hand crafted jewelry to hand painted scarves, boots and jackets. From oil and watercolor…

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McDade Historical Museum

Other Communities

Main Street and Loop 223, McDade, TX

512-273-2566

McDade Historical Museum brims with artifacts about the area’s notorious and not-so-notorious history.

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Museum & Visitor Center of the Bastrop County Historical Society

Bastrop

904 Main Street, Bastrop, TX

512-303-0057

The Bastrop County Historical Society (BCHS) has as its mission to preserve and promote the history of Bastrop through exhibiting unique artifacts, documents and research,…

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Paige Historical Museum

Other Communities

Highway 290, Paige, TX

512-253-1111

The Paige Historical Museum in the old depot celebrates the town’s beginnings with the arrival of the Houston and Texas Central Railroad in 1872. It…

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Pinesong Art Gallery

Bastrop

920 Main Street, Bastrop, TX

512-284-1152

Komal is a self-taught artist, graphic designer, photographer and motivational speaker. He receives inspiration from nature. His attention to detail can be seen in his…

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Playhouse Smithville

Smithville

110 Main Street, Smithville, TX

512-360-7397

Playhouse Smithville is a 60-seat theater venue in Smithville, TX, just 40 minutes east of Austin.

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Rockne Museum

Other Communities

Farm to Market 535, Rockne, TX

512-940-7231

Rockne Museum holds hundreds of antiques, artifacts, historical books and papers which pertain to those who settled in the area and their experiences in the…

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Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8 Movie Theatre

Bastrop

1600 Chestnut Street, Bastrop, TX

512-321-2007

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8 Movie Theatre offers new release movies, bowling, black light mini-golf, pool tables, a full bar and lounge area, a video…

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Smithville Heritage Society

Smithville

602 Main Street, Smithville, TX

830-839-4080

The mission of the Smithville Heritage Society is to preserve, protect and educate Smithville’s rich history. Archives open Tuesday mornings, 10 a.m. to Noon, or…

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Studio 71

Bastrop

1324 Highway 71, Bastrop, TX

512-234-5300

Studio 71 has large impressive art for large walls and office applications, but also has many choices of smaller to medium sized paintings as well.

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Terra Firma Studios

Other Communities

161 Shady Oaks Loop, Cedar Creek, TX

512-481-1923

Terra Firma Studios is a glass and metal art studio owned and operated by Aly Winningham. Specializing in mixed media custom mosaic work, Aly also…

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The Little Freedom Shoppe

Bastrop

601G Chestnut Street, Bastrop, TX

Come celebrate the child inside that should never grow up. A seriously fun store for the entire family that is full of items meant to…

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