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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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10:00 am - 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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This place has awesome exhibits. I Live in Austin so been to many exhibits. U must check the website for the most current and upcoming exhibits. Gone with the wind most... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Virginia M

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English first
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21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has awesome exhibits. I Live in Austin so been to many exhibits. U must check the website for the most current and upcoming exhibits. Gone with the wind most impressive, will not be bac for ten more years. Frieda Kalo self portrait. Alice in wonderland,ect. Keep yourself updated. Oh and free

Thank Virginia M
Clearwater, Florida
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30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is more of an archive than a museum: They have far more works than can be displayed at any one time, and they arrange shows around a common theme. Frank Reaugh worked in oil and pastel to produce highly realistic and accurate landscapes and records of the 19th century cattle drives and the Texas environs. He was also a... More 

Thank RaW431
Austin, Texas
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43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a couple of hours taking in the Making "Gone With The Wind" Exhibit and enjoyed every minute. The exhibit was well presented, interesting and could be taken casually or studied in depth, given the manner in which the exhibit was staged. Many interesting letters, costumes, photographs, film clips, scripts and other artifacts were on display in a highly... More 

Thank Phil F
San Antonio, Texas
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201 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had the pleasure of visiting the Ransom Center with a group of docents from a museum in another city. We learned this is one of those institutions that specialize in one unique exhibit at a time. And, we were blown away by the current exhibition about Frank Reaugh, "the dean of Texas artists" who lived from 1860 to 1945... More 

Thank Playaman47
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482 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 378 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A small museum with a couple of gems: the first photograph (hard to see) and a copy of the Guttenberg Bible (magnificent). A must if you are in Austin.

Thank TorontoMusicman
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went for the Frank Reagh art exhibit in October 2015, unaware that we would also find a complete, early edition Gutenberg Bible and the original Niepce heliograph - the world's oldest surviving photograph. For older or disabled visitors: be aware that the entrance lobby has a very slick marble floor, but they have free walking stick chairs available to... More 

Thank J L
Banbury, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This excellent museum has some wonderful exhibitions as well as a copy of the Guttenburgh Bible and the first photograph. The exhibition that we saw was the Frank Reaugh Texas Landscapes. We found this to be a most interesting look at early western life.

Thank John R
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22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

This little known museum that sits on the corner of The University of Texas campus is beyond compare. It has more treasures in art, literature, and history than any other museum you could visit. Although there are fantastic Presidential museums, Texas State History and Natural History museums within in walking distance, this one trumps them all. They are known for... More 

Thank CatalinaJoe
Portland, Oregon, United States
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Small but wonderful museum, which is surprisingly FREE to the public! A wealth to any city, providing access to art in a beautifully arranged gallery. We had the good fortune to visit during the Alice in Wonderland exhibit. They offered interactive components for young visitors as well as amenities such as lockers for guests. Aside from the main exhibit was... More 

Thank GingerAdventureTime
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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176 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

First time for us to visit this museum. We have missed some of the past shows that we wanted to see and finally made to the museum and ,not only was the Guttenberg Bible on display, we got to see the Reaugh pastels of theTexas country side.A fantastic showing of pictures and a wealth of information on the artist. This... More 

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