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Harry Ransom Center

21st and Guadalupe, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78713-7219
512 471 8944
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Ranked #5 of 46 shopping in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Libraries, Art Galleries
Activities: Hiking
Description: A description of some of the items that are contained in the center
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Austin TX
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

There is so much at UT that it is overwhelming. This is THE place to go for a quick look-see. See the first printed book - the Guttenberg bible, and the first photo. But be aware you will see the first photo again in England in Laycock - really a print from the oldest negative. The French and the English... More

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Houston, Texas
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We wandered into the museum just to see what's there. We knew there was a World War 1 temporary exhibit, but we didn't know about the Gutenberg Bible and the very first photograph (1826) by Joseph Nicephore Niepce. The temporary exhibit was very interesting. The Bible and the photo are what really caught our eyes. As a photographer, I had... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

I went there to see the Gutenberg Bible and an exhibit of Magnum Photos. Frankly, I'd pay to see either one. The collection of Magnum photos since its conception is especially powerful. One could spend hours savoring and learning about each piece.

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Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
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40 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

We thouroughly enjoyed our visit. The collection exhibited was a wonderful diversity of high quality pieces. Austin should be proud to have this gem at it's center. Parking is just around the corner and you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Capitol, just to the south as you walk to the front doors. Add it to your plans, we... More

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Sonoma, CA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

This is an unbelievable place, open to the public no admission fee. We saw the Gutenberg Bible, Frieda Kahlo's self portrait, and a stunning, extensive exhibit of Arnold Newman's photographs, entitled "Masterclass." All in a spare hour we had walking the campus. Went in on a whim, left the building having been completely transported. The photos were especially wonderful -... More

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Victoria, Canada
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12 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

I was so excited that the Frida Kahlo had come back into the bldg (she was travelling around the country). It was my primary purpose but ended up loving the rest too. The Gutenberg Bible is special and the exhibit was lovely. I went back twice just so I could say goodbye to the Frida self portrait before I flew... More

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Austin, Texas
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

a must see place to take out of town visitors. a great collection of art anytime. my favorite collection was the Bible pieces.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Not too small, not too large, it's a just-right place to enjoy their fascinating, eclectic collection of art, books, and historic artifacts.

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North Merrick, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

A free museum on the UT campus - donations accepted. Check out the Gutenberg Bible (one of only five in the US and one of 48 worldwide) and the First Photograph (currently on exhibition in Europe as of Nov 2012). Current exhibit of Norman Bel Geddes is definitely worthwhile. Make sure to stop by the interactive computers by the Gutenberg... More

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Austin, Texas
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Norman Bel Geddes exhibition is currently up for the Fall 2012! Don't miss the Gutenberg Bible. Robert DeNiro gave his wardrobe from the movie Casino! There is lots to see!

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