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Texas Memorial Museum

2400 Trinity St., Stop D1500, Austin, TX 78705
512-471-1604
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Ranked #49 of 180 attractions in Austin
Type: History Museums
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,... more » 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. « less
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Houston, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
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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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84 reviews 84 reviews
19 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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
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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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Euless, Texas
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107 reviews 107 reviews
48 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

Looking for something to fill some time at no cost - this is your place ! Located on campus at the University, these 4 floors are filled with numerous treasures. It is in an old building, which lends additional charm. Lots of exhibits from prehistoric to evolution and Texas wildlife. You need a lot of time to really see and... More

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Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
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45 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Four floors on very interesting and well displayed natural history items. We're both museum buffs, especially natural history and we saw and learned things we've never seen before. The four floors are relatively compact, but they're chocked full of fun things. Add it to your list, you might learn something new !

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Newport News, Virginia
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55 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We took our teens during spring break. They were a little bored with the museum even though it has 4 floors. The exhibits on the 3rd floor were a little old and dusty looking. They needed a refresh. The most interesting floor was the first which was all about Geology and Paleontology. For free entrance, this museum was pretty good.... More

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Austin, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

On the UT Campus. My 3 and 5 year old grandboys loved the exhibits, especially the dinosaur stuff and the shiny rocks. Be sure to see all the floors. Free, just pay for the parking.

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Austin, Texas
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11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We love going to the Texas Memorial Museum because it's FREE, and it's fairly kid-friendly. I say fairly, because there is a LOT to see and learn there, but not enough to touch (and once we got scolded for being too noisy, but we were having a birthday party for a 7-yr-old and the cookies might have kicked in by... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

It's not bad as a free natural history museum, and even quite attractive to kids. I love the exhibit of various stones with their chemical names - beautiful and amazing! There are lots of skeletons and fossil, and we can learn a lot in paleobiology. The facility is not very modern. The museum opened before 1930s, and it seems that... More

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