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Texas Memorial Museum

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Address: 2400 Trinity St., Stop D1500, Austin, TX 78705
Phone Number: 512-471-1604
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:45 pm
Description: Texas Memorial Museum is the exhibit hall for Texas Natural Science Center...
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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Dinosaurs!!

This is a great quality paleontology museum. I was really looking forward to seeing some dinosaur fossils, and they didn't disappoint! The pterosaur hanging from the ceiling in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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Austin, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Picture this: Texas--millions of years ago. You're a toddler who can pick out different--and somewhat obscure--dinosaur fossils. This place not only has crazy bones of long gone mammal-lizard-bird beasts, but it also has recent-day specimens! My two-year old boy LOVED LOVED LOVED it! As soon as we walked in, he called out "Quetzocoatlus!" We've been there several times, and he... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This is a great quality paleontology museum. I was really looking forward to seeing some dinosaur fossils, and they didn't disappoint! The pterosaur hanging from the ceiling in the main gallery is awesome, and the full dinosaur exhibit downstairs is well laid out, informative, and impressive enough to keep our interest. We also enjoyed the Texas wildlife dioramas, our toddler... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Not much to it. Small and very dated. Some interesting dinosaur fossils but most are only fragments. Nothing to go out of your way for but it makes an interesting stop on your tour of the UT campus.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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46 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

By comparison with some of the other museums in this city, this is fairly average and has clearly not been updated for quite some time. However for certain people it may be a "must visit", particularly those with an interest in dinosaurs. It was my daughter who insisted we had to head to this museum to see the Texas pterosaur... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This isn't large or fancy, but it has interesting fossils. For an older child or teenager, the top floor has interactive exhibits with interesting topics that vary from bird beaks to solar to our cousins the chimpanzees and apes.

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Houston, Texas
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140 reviews 140 reviews
76 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 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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33 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
44 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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267 reviews 267 reviews
68 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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