Elisabet Ney Letterbox - Museum under construction  LbNA # 23919

OwnerGirl Scout Troop 567    
Placed DateJun 28 2006
LocationAustin, TX
Found By The Darling Duo
Last Found Aug 9 2009
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Elisabet Ney Museum has reopened to the public after extensive restoration! The letterbox has not yet been rehidden, but will be in the very near future as soon as the dust settles on the grounds. In the meantime, please visit this fabulous museum.

Elisabet Ney was born January 26, 1833, in Munster, Westfalia. At the age of 19, she amazed her family when she announced she wanted to follow in her father's footsteps, and leave home to study sculpting professionally. Ney enrolled in the Munich Academy of Art in 1852. She was the first woman to study sculpture there. By 1854, she was studying under Europe's famous sculptor, Christian Rauch, at the Berlin Academy of Art. By 37, she had sculpted many notable Europeans, including Jacob Grimm, King George V of Hanover, and King Ludwig II of Bavaria. During the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, Ney moved to the United States, to Thomasville, Georgia. Two years later, she moved again, to Hempstead, Texas. At 59, Ney built a studio in the Hyde Park region of Austin, Texas, where she worked on sculptures for the World Colombian Exposition. Her studio, "Formosa", was named after the first studio her husband built for her. Ney's long career resulted in over 90 pieces, shown in London, Paris, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Chicago, and St. Louis. Elisabet Ney died in 1907. Her home and studio are preserved as the beautiful Elisabet Ney Museum which houses many of her sculptures.

Elisabet Ney Museum is located at 304 E. 44th St. in the heart of Hyde Park in Austin, Texas, (between Avenue G and Avenue H). Hours are Wed - Sat, 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday, noon - 5 pm. (512) 458-2255. Elisabet Ney Museum has no entry fee.

Clues to the Letterbox:
Start at the entry gate to the grounds of the museum. Follow the path to the only plant that is one of a kind in the garden. Find Elisabet Ney on the wall of the castle. Look for Sursum carved into the Formosa. Our letterbox lies under the stars and under a large rock.