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Harry Ransom Center, Austin

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  • My husband and I took the tour at noon (I believe there is one every day at noon - check the website.) We saw the brand new Vaudeville exhibit. It was very interesting with new things we'd not known a...  more »
  • Located on the campus of the University of Texas, you must deal with campus/street parking if you drive there. The center is primarily an art museum which emphasizes photographic art. There are severa...  more »
  • Along with the Frida Kahlo (which you must see), the collection here includes papers, books, and historical artifacts. A writing desk used by Poe! A geometry book by Euclid! Stuff you've only ever rea...  more »
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  • Access to amazing literary archives!
  • Very cool Vaudeville exhibit!
  • Great place! Employees care a lot about what they do and are very knowledgeable and the exhibits are great. Plus, it's a good place to escape the heat in the summer
  • Highly recommend for locals and out-of-towners - the public area is small but has their permanent exhibits (Gutenberg bible and first photograph) and an always interesting rotating exhibit. It's also completely free.
  • Thanks to a friend who works on Campus, I was given a full tour and this was one of my favorite stops! There are 3 must-sees here, 2 of which are permanent displays: -The Gutenberg Bible -The First Photograph -The Gone w/the Wind Exhibit The Gutenberg bible display is great and what a beautiful piece of preserved historical literature! They do a great job of enclosing the display case w/the book from the entryway ruckus, but be warned, you may only get a minute or two, if that, to yourself to admire the work of art as it is a tight space and people are not shy about squeezing in on you to get their peek. The First Photograph display is great as well! I actually had no idea UT even had this! The photograph itself is very small and super hard (if not impossible) to see up close. You have to stand back and admire it from afar and better yet, at an angle to make any discernible imagery out. The write-up on it is very informative! The Gone w/the Wind exhibit was neat. I have not read the book or seen the movie, so I am not, by any means, an GWtW expert, but the exhibit had props from the set, some great info, a first edition, and there were showings of the original screen tests in the auditorium. They even had this cool board to post a "post-it"of your thoughts on the exhibit to be collected and archived daily. Awesome on-campus discovery, especially for the low low price of FREE! Can't wait to see their upcoming exhibit, Alice in Wonderland!
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