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Harry Ransom Center

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View Gutenberg bible and earliest photograph

Located on the University of Texas campus, parking is a challenge. There are rotating shows here... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Ed Ruscha exhibit

Came here specifically for the Ed Ruscha exhibit. Overall, I thought the exhibit was very... read more

Reviewed January 1, 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Located on the University of Texas campus, parking is a challenge. There are rotating shows here- we unfortunately visited in between. They did have a few things out to view from their permanent collection- best item was Edgar Allen Poe’s desk. The Bible and photo...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 1, 2019

Came here specifically for the Ed Ruscha exhibit. Overall, I thought the exhibit was very comprehensive and well curated. Free admission and close to the Blanton Museum (which I highly recommend).

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 19, 2018 via mobile

There are only 5 Guttenberg Bibles in the United States and who knew one was in Austin, Texas? Cool to see. Also on display is the first photograph ever. Strange exhibit of pictures from southern California. Lots of gas stations and swimming pools. Didn't understand...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 18, 2018 via mobile

Another visit to this centre for a exciting and well presented exhibition. Having visited Austin over a number of years and we have always been impressed by the exhibitions put on by them. The current vaudeville exhibits are compelling being from the other side of...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed December 18, 2018

The Ransom Center is really a forum for special exhibits, and, from our perspective, the extensive archives most likely provide a constant flow of cool stuff. I mean, where else can you see a Gutenberg Bible, a Freda Kahlo self-portrait, and the world’s oldest photograph…….and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 16, 2018

Take time to visit and see the Gutenberg Bible....one of only a few in the USA. Extraordinary! Lots of other great exhibits, too. No charge and on the UT campus.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 15, 2018

If you are close to UTA - this is a must-see place. I was here with some former UTA students and I was amazed by this hidden gem. This Center has the Gutenberg Bible and the first photograph displayed right close to the entrance. At...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 8, 2018 via mobile

Brought out of town visitors here to see the Gutenberg Bible. They also had an exhibit on playwright Terrence McNally that was fascinating. Tucked away, down a side hallway, was an original self-portrait of Frida Kahlo! Bonus! Parking is difficult but well worth the effort.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 23, 2018

Guttenberg Bible, first photograph and free private tour all mixed together. We anticipated a quick stop to see the bible and got so much more. We hit it at a quiet time and had a docent all to our selves for a tour that included...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Busylady21
Reviewed July 30, 2018

Awesome artifacts, great museum, letters, movies, rotating exhibits, free on certain days and i think always free for students.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Visiting Austin 20th - 25th (2 Replies)
So my girlfriend and I are headed to Austin tomorrow and heading back on Monday. We're staying at the Red Roof Inn off I-35, and looking to do as much as possible during our stay. For that reason, I'm pretty sure we'll need a car... at least to do anything that isn't in the heart of the city. I've put together a list of some touristy ideas... Mount Bonnell, Barton Springs, Baylor Street Art Wall, Zilker Park, Congress Bridge Bats, SoCo Ave, 6th St, Mohawk, UT, Capital Building, Harry Ransom...More
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I assume you are staying at Red Roof Plus. We were just there and pleasantly surprised esp since the rates were very reasonable. You NEED a car. We got one pretty cheap online. Well worth it. Unless you are staying right in the city, you really need a car as Austin is spread out. Just my opinion.