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Harry Ransom Center

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Address: 21st and Guadalupe, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78713-7219
Phone Number: 512 471 8944
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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If you don't have a lot of time, this museum allows you to still visit an art exhibit. The exhibits change frequently and are thematic.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Jean B
Austin, Texas

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 248 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

When we went there was only about 25% of the museum open. The balance was closed in preparation for a new exhibit. The part which was open dealt with Shakespeare in Print and Performance. Although it was interesting, it was quite small. If you go, be sure the full museum is open.

Thank FuzzyBeaver
Austin, Texas
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6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you don't have a lot of time, this museum allows you to still visit an art exhibit. The exhibits change frequently and are thematic.

Thank Jean B
Amherst, Massachusetts
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89 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not a lot going on besides a great collection of manuscripts for scholars. But some top-notch travelling exhibits are to be found on the first floor. Worth a digressive stroll.

Thank g0ldengut
Del Rio, Texas
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not necessary, but if you are able to time your visit to coincide with a group tour, it's a definite bonus. We were fortunate to have Emilio Englade share his knowledge with us. Questions were encouraged and our kids (ages 7, 10, and 12) were engaged throughout the presentation. This free museum (donations welcome) has impressive rotating exhibits. Depending on... More 

Thank Tiffany B
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Randsom Center has the first photograph ever taken and a rare Guttenberg Bible. For free. We also viewed an incredible Shakepeare exhibit and an original Freda Kahlo. For free. Is there some reason why you should not visit? BTW, the staff is knowlegeable, dedicated, and friendly.

Thank Maggie C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Harry Ransom Center has the books and papers of so many influential and interesting people, and they regularly rotate through displays of these items. Permanent displays are the Gutenberg Bible and the world's first photo, also very cool. When we were there it was a Shakespeare display, including George Bernard Shaw's copy of Hamlet and three copies of the... More 

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Austin, Texas
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409 reviews
123 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This neat museum is free to the public (atleast it was when we visited for the Gutenberg Bible exhibit. Great space and lots of cool exhibits.

Thank Tony H
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123 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stumbled into the HRC during a free moment and saw the Frank Reagh exhibit. It was beyond impressive. He painted so many scenes from West Texas where I grew up...but long before my time. It made me dream of what life was like back then. This is the blessing of history; it can take us back in time and... More 

Thank bagsalwayspacked
Athens, GA
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87 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I visited the museum this January to see the Shakespeare in print and performance exhibition. I enjoy visiting this museum because it's free, small, and on the University's campus. The museum usually features stuff that it has in its archive, which is one of the best in America. There is nothing here to eat or buy -... More 

Thank Ilya W
Austin, Texas
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

A very nice experience. Check for current exhibit. Don't rush. Parking can be challenging. I usually include it with other venue visits like the Blanton and bullock museum just because of the parking. I recommend visits during holidays and weekends because of classes at UT. Check the website for special programs. It's worthwhile.

Thank kayn576

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