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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
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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Gem of a museum even the entrance is a work of art on it's own. Make sure you ask for a guide on from the inside out. This was our third visit each exhibition being... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
John R
Banbury, United Kingdom
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Banbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Gem of a museum even the entrance is a work of art on it's own. Make sure you ask for a guide on from the inside out. This was our third visit each exhibition being different. This years Elliott Erwitt was excellent. The guide who took us round was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I would recommend that you get a tour... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lot of artistic bang for the space! A fantastic way to spend a smaller amount of time appreciating art. We got lucky and entered in time for guided explanation of some of the more famous pieces and that helped my teenagers to appreciate it more.

Thank clararankin
Copperas Cove, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After being severely disappointed by the Blanton Museum of Art, we decided to visit the Harry Ransom Center. We were delighted by the photography exhibit and the kid friendly exhibits, which was great after the trauma of an exhibit (Goya, lots of violent war pictures at kids eye level) at the Blanton!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am a member of the museum. As such I am invited to events, openings, etc. Each time, the events have been well conceived and organized. I've attended the display of Gone With The Wind artifacts, and an exhibit of Alice In Wonderland. The creation of the displays, the information that accompanies each display piece, and orderliness of the exhibits... More 

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Boston MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A self- portrait of Frida Kahlo showcased. Excellent photo exhibit, Gutenberg bible. Not much area to cover so can be done in an hour's time.

Thank mpd
Austin, Tx
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

It seems that HRC is no longer such a brilliant secret as it has been for many, many years. The biggest joy is that all of this amazing history and archives are free to the general public. For many years when I would wander in while on campus, the place was lightly populated with visitors. In today's world, they are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

We took a Saturday tour of the HRC's archives and vaults. Takes about 90 minutes and well worth it. Check the website - they do this often. There is also an exhibition space with rotating exhibitions of material from the archives or traveling exhibitions. The Ransom Center is one of the top three archives of manuscripts and memorabilia related to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

On the U-T campus. It's free. It has a Gutenberg and the world's first photo. There is also a gallery. The latest exhibit was opening the day after we were there. If you are on or near the campus I recommend going. It is open daily, except some holidays. 1-2 hours would be enough.

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Austin, Texas, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

I love to go to the Harry Ransom Center to check out their excellently curated exhibits. The variety is always exciting and the professionalism and care that goes into the planning and exhibiting is awe inspiring. This place is a must when one visits Austin!

Thank Gloria L
Cedar Park, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

I've had my breath taken away from me 2 times recently. Once was when I jumped into Barton Springs and the second time was when I went to the Harry Ransom Center and turned to the right when I walked in and saw the most amazing Frida Kahlo painting. Maybe I just wasn't expecting to see a Kahlo painting at... More 

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