Abilene is a vibrant community with acclaimed art and history museums, six institutes of higher learning, excellent schools and public spaces, and very active civic opportunities for all ages.
The Grace Museum
The Grace Museum, located in the heart of downtown in a historic building, is an AAM accredited museum. Changing exhibitions feature the best of Texas art, past and present, within the context of American art. The Children's Museum offers hands-on learning activities. The Grace offers a variety of educational programs for all ages. In addition, this versatile facility can be rented for special events.
Frontier Texas! is one of only a few museums in the world that feature life-sized holographic figures. Experience the big picture of the Texas frontier as the story comes to life in this multimedia facility. Visitors can meet —at least figuratively— some of the real people who lived and died on the Texas frontier. Buffalo hunters, Comanche warriors, explorers and pioneers await you on this great adventure "Blood & Treasure on the Frontier."
National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
The NCCIL celebrates the artistic achievements of children's book illustrators through exhibits of their original artwork. Educational programming is designed to stimulate creativity, promote literacy and increase appreciation for the arts. You can meet the artists and find out what inspires them. During exhibits, free art activities are available for children and their families.
Abilene State Park
Abilene State Park is a 529.4-acre park near Lake Abilene south of Abilene, Texas. Just 16 miles southwest of Abilene, the park has a lake and fishing pond, a historic swimming pool, trails, camping and more.
Storybook Capital of America
In 2015, the 84th Legislature of the State of Texas designated Abilene as the official Storybook Capital of Texas for its efforts to celebrate literary works for children, which hold a cherished place on the bookshelves of Texas families. By embracing and promoting an essential childhood experience, the residents of Abilene have established a delightful tradition for old and young alike, and their efforts have made the community a must-see destination for readers of all ages. In 2017, the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council applied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark the term “Abilene, TX Storybook Capital of America.”