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Texas Memorial Museum

Address: 2400 Trinity St., Stop D1500, Austin, TX 78705
Phone Number: 512-471-1604
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Ranked #43 of 142 Attractions in Austin
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Texas Memorial Museum is the exhibit hall for Texas Natural Science Center and is located on The University of Texas at Austin campus in Austin, Texas. Exhibits focus on dinosaurs and fossils, Texas wildlife, gems and minerals, and a working Paleontology Lab where visitors can interact with scientists as they prepare fossil finds.Spotlighted in the exhibits are spectacular specimens found in Texas, including the largest flying creature ever found—the Texas Pterosaur, with a wingspan of nearly 40 feet–and the 30-foot Mosasaur that swam the shallow sea that once covered most of the state.

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Houston, Texas
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131 reviews 131 reviews
66 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Located on the north side of the UT campus, Texas Memorial Museum is a part of the Texas Natural Science Center. Naturally, the focus of this small museum is the Texas wildlife, modern and prehistoric. Despite housing a relatively extensive collection of fossils found in Texas, Texas Memorial Museum ultimately fell short because of poor maintenance. At an admission of... More

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Orangeburg, South Carolina
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161 reviews 161 reviews
28 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

On the UT campus; convenient parking at an adjacent garage. Plan about an hour for your visit. Texas oriented fossils- and some very impressive ones, especially the pterydactyl in the large first floor room. Small but very nice exhibits of Texas minerals and gemstones. Displays of other, modern animals too. Great for adults and for kids.

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Saint Albans, England, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
44 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This museum has just received a giant funding cut, forcing it to start charging admission, but at $4 for adult entry, it's so much more than worth it! I spent hours here enjoying the amazing dinosaur remains on the bottom floor, and the exhibition on evolution was great (although apparently very contentious according to the guest book!). The lab in... More

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Austin, Texas
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257 reviews 257 reviews
67 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I love this museum because it is just that - a museum. It does not try to be fancy or put on airs. It is what museums should be. We enjoyed viewing the gems, dinosaur bones, nature exhibits, etc. They are now charging admission, but it is well worth it. Explore all of the floors and the gift shop, of... More

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Houston, Texas
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Amazing museum featuring dinosaurs, ice age animals, meteors, mostly discovered in Texas. See the pterosaur hanging from the ceiling. 40 foot wingspan! Visit the site for more details.

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76 reviews 76 reviews
36 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Very nice collection and display of dinosaur bones, stuffed Texas fish and wildlife, and other natural artifacts. Took a 2 year old and 6 year old, and they were very interested in what they were seeing. There is a charge now, but it is minimal, and well worth the experience. This is an enjoyable activity for adults as well. Location... More

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Houston, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

WHAT?!! Largest flying reptile ever! Was discovered in the Big Bend region. This creature's neck alone is 10 feet long! Free museum; perhaps somewhat dated in style, but holds some very intriguing wildlife - both current and ancient.

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Alexandria, Louisiana
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This was an amazing museum with while dinosaur skeletons as well as individual dinosaur bones on display. The Paleology Lab was closed when we went (on a Sunday), but there were drawers of different items that the kids could look through. The wildlife section was small, but included bison, which I thought was cool. The kids loved it.

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Austin, Texas
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94 reviews 94 reviews
20 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Interesting historical surroundings on various floors about Texas history. Great sites and audio among the exhibits. Perfect place for tourists and Austin newcomers to savor the history of Bug Texas. So, too, a wonderfully-supplied gift shop with all sorts of TX items and 'tasteful' souvenirs aplenty. Highly recommend the museum ~ a "must see" stop while visiting downtown Austin.

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Austin, Texas
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

It's a natural history museum, so there's a floor on Texas' wildlife, and another on evolution. The first floor focuses on paleontology - you've just got to see the 30-foot mosasaur that was found in south Austin - this monster swam in the very place where you're standing! The pterosaur with its 40-foot wingspan is also pretty spectacular. Too many... More

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