Harry Ransom Center
Harry Ransom Center
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,228 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Where else can you read Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's notes, interviews and manuscripts relating to the Watergate scandal, see the sunglasses that Gloria Swanson wore in the 1950 movie Sunset Boulevard, view one of only 21 complete copies known to exist of the Gutenberg Bible, marvel at the first successful permanent photograph from nature taken in 1826 and examine selected costumes, script drafts, storyboards and audition media from David O. Selznick's Gone With The Wind collection? It's all here--and much more--in the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Located at 300 West 21st Street, on the UT Austin campus, it is an internationally known humanities research center, an archive, library and museum that specializes in the collection of literary and cultural artifact from the Americas and Europe for the purpose of advancing the study of the arts and humanities. Established in 1957, it is open from 10 to 5 Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 on Saturday and Sunday. It houses five million literary manuscripts, one million rare books, five million photographs and more than 100,000 works of art. Other extraordinary holdings on display include Albert Einstein's unpublished notes and calculations for his work on general relativity, three copies of William Shakespeare's 1623 First Folio plays, one of only 23 copiesw known to exist of a suppressed 1865 first edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the papers of Robert De Niro, David O. Selznick and Gloria Swanson, unused props designed by Salvador Dali to have been used in the dream sequence of the 1945 film Spellbound, a complete set of Pablo Picasso's 1930-1937 Vollard Suite, Edgar Allan Poe's writing desk, John Wilkes Booth's personal production promptbook for Richard III, David Garrick's diary from his 1751 trip to Paris, which once belonged to Harry Houdini, a writing journal kept by Jack Kerouac in preparation for writing his classic On the Road in 1957 and the love letters of the ill-fated Mexican Emperor Maximilian I and his wife Carlota. All that's missing is a letter from Julius Caesar to Cleopatra.
Written 20 March 2023
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Laura D
Downers Grove, IL99 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
hey, it was free and air conditioned. It was really small and had a few interesting pieces highlighting their featured exhibit. It was not laid out great and you were not sure what to read first. Like I said it was free and was air-conditioned. It is a short visit (we were there for less than 30 minutes) also has a bathroom and water fountain.
Written 9 July 2022
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ashuk
Kirkintilloch, UK881 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
The statements that "The Ransom Center acquired the self-portrait in 1965 as one of a large collection of artworks assembled by photographer Nickolas Muray (American, b. Hungary, 1892–1965), who purchased the painting from Kahlo. The collection, known as the Nickolas Muray Collection of Mexican Art, includes two other works by Kahlo—the 1951 Still Life with Parrot and Fruit and a 1930 drawing, Diego y Yo, inscribed by Kahlo to Muray—as well as a number of works by other Mexican artists active in the first half of the twentieth century." about a "large collection" and "two other works" led us to believe that that's exactly what they had but we were exceptionally disappointed to find that they only had the one Kahlo and that stuck down a corridor not even in a featured display.

So unless you are keen to see an early bible or an almost non-existent first photograph, do not go out of your way to visit, as we did, because you will be in and out in 10 minutes and feel like you wasted your time.
Written 15 March 2022
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s k
Chandler, AZ43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
I used to live in NYC, saw the Gutenberg Bible at Morgan Library, but that would have cost $40 with two kids. I got to show it to them for free. Plus the Niépce Heliograph and Frida Kahlo self portrait. Well worth the visit. We were in and out in 20 minutes.
Written 27 December 2021
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Kate P
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Great permanent presentation of Gutenberg Bible, as well as the first photograph. The rest of museum is dedicated to a noted author/artist. Worth a visit and free.
Written 28 February 2020
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA2,010 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
The museum portion of the Harry Ransom Center has three items worth seeing - a Gutenberg Bible, the first photograph (not much to look at) and a Frida Kahlo self-portrait. They were setting up for a new temporary exhibit when I was there, and the only other items on display were a dozen posters for early 20th Century magician shows, including several from Houdini’s own collection. It all took about 15 minutes to see. It’s a free museum, so that’s fine, but you’ll want to make sure there are things there you want to see if you are going out of your way to visit.
Written 20 January 2020
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chernobog1
Fort Worth, TX451 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
They have a lot of interesting collections and when they put on a display; they really do it up right.
Written 22 July 2019
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Debra G Waltz-Reasonover
Baytown, TX2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We enjoyed the exhibits, it was a refreshing afternoon. The Artwork, the Bible, the first photograph, we enjoyed it all.
Written 11 June 2019
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Elaine H
Greenville, SC749 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
This museum contained one of the original Gutenberg Bibles... truly amazing to see. We also enjoyed an exhibit called "The Rise of Everyday Design" and "The Art of the Craftman Style". And it's FREE!
Written 4 June 2019
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Founder of the HBS Wine & Cuisine Societ
El Paso, TX3,137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
We had the opportunity to visit The Harry Ransom Center as part of our St. Marks School Trip with more than 40 kiddos. The museum is a sort of archive, library and museum at the same time located at University of Texas. It specializes in the collection of literary and cultural artifacts from the United States, Latin America and Europe for the purpose of advancing the study of the arts and humanities. Their center houses 36 million literary manuscripts, one million rare books, five million photographs, and more than 100,000 works of art.

The Center has a reading room for scholars and galleries which display rotating exhibitions of works and objects from the collections. It also has a special exhibit for one of The Original “Gutenberg Bible” also known as the “Mazarin Bible”. The Bible was among the earliest major books printed using mass-produced movable metal type in Europe. The book was purchased for more than $2.5M. It is an edition of the Vulgate printed in the 1450s in Latin by Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz, in present-day Germany. Forty-nine copies (or substantial portions of copies) have survived. They are thought to be among the world's most valuable books, although no complete copy has been sold since 1978. It marked the start of the "Gutenberg Revolution" and the age of printed books in the West.. We had a fantastic time in the museum and the staff was really helpful and welcoming. Our kiddos had a very enriching time.

Written 30 April 2019
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