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Harry Ransom Center

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Address: 21st and Guadalupe, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78713-7219
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+1 512-471-8944
12:00 - 17:00
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Where else you gonna see a Gutenberg Bible AND a Frida self portrait?

I visit the HRC every time I'm in Austin. They have interesting FREE exhibits, and it is awe-inspiring to see the Gutenberg Bible. The folks who work there are very helpful and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visit the HRC every time I'm in Austin. They have interesting FREE exhibits, and it is awe-inspiring to see the Gutenberg Bible. The folks who work there are very helpful and willing to share their knowledge. To get to see what I consider to be the book that launched education to the masses, the age of science, the industrial... More 

Thank JennyAGoGo
Salem, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From Robert DeNiro's jacket in Taxi Driver to a Gutenberg Bible to the first photograph ever taken to charts depicting the connections in James Joyce's Ulysses, there's no end of treasures here. Go.

Thank abecedarius
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 March 2017

So much to see! Quite a few breathtaking permanent installation, as well as touring collections! We saw one of the first Guttenburg Bibles, which is one of the first books to ever come off the Printing Press! We saw a self-portrait by Frida Kahlo, one of the first photographs ever taken (my personal favorite, as I took a History of... More 

Thank Timothy J
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357 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

This museum has a rotating exhibit of different artifacts, papers, manuscripts, etc. in their collection. Most of the exhibits were of items I was not familiar with but they did have a Gutenberg Bible, papers from Einstein, Matisse paintings, Scarlett's hat from Gone With the Wind and first editions books. This museum was just ok for us after visiting most... More 

Thank BushkaTexas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

I wasn't expecting to be so impressed. I love museums but looking at paper in archival exhibits isn't always the most stimulating. I suspect that the experience will differ depending on the exhibit which changes but when I was there "Stories to Tell" was on and it's an overview of their permanent collections of archival material pertaining to creativity in... More 

Thank Matt78901
Austin, United States
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

An unbelievable museum on the University of Texas campus.Manuscripts from some of the most famous authors in the world. When I was there they would allow you to read them personally rather than just look through a window (open access policy). The exhibits are fantastic and very informative. Any historian would love this place. They have small art exhibits mostly... More 

1 Thank 814jamesu
Real de Catorce, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

My pop knew Harry and they worked on things together a long time ago. The museum is stellar. Different collections show up frequently and they are always interesting. The collections are also great. A good place to get out of the heat and look at the past history of the world. The art is fantabulous

1 Thank Stiglitz11
Austin, Texas, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

I love to go to the Harry Ransom Center. The exhibits are beautifully designed and provide information in different ways to make experiences really well worth the time spent there. The photography exhibits are especially sensational since the HRC houses one of the most extensive collections in the world, the Helmut Gernsheim collection and the Michael Dell Magnum collection. This... More 

1 Thank Gloria L
Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 7 December 2016

Check the shows first. Often, they are first rate. Easy parking and access. Surprising events have been held here. If you have not been, you really should go at least once to check it out.

1 Thank Steve S
Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

While you're marveling at the spacious University of Texas campus, be sure to stop in at the HRC. They always have something interesting on display.

1 Thank SkyGoddess77

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