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Texas Memorial Museum, Austin

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.1/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
The Texas Memorial Museum, which is located on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas, USA, is named in honor of the 1936 Texas Centennial. The museum's focus is on natural history, including paleontology, geology, biology, herpetology, ichthyology and entomology. At one point, the museum also had exhibits on Texas history, anthropology, geography, and ethnography, but these were relocated to other museums (including the Bullock Texas State History Museum) in 2001. The museum has 75,000 visitors annually.The building was designed in the Art Deco style by John F. Staub, with Paul Cret as supervising architect. Ground was broken for the building by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in January 1936. The museum was opened on January 15, 1939.The museum won "Best of Austin" awards from the Austin Chronicle in 2002 and 2005.In October 2013, it was announced that the museum would be losing $400,000 in funding and that the staff would be reduced from twelve employees to four: the museum director, a security guard, a gift shop operator, and one other employee. The museum now is open five days a week and charges admission.
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  • Very cool museum. It's been years since I've been to a natural history museum, and I enjoyed the experience here. All kinds of fossils, rocks, bones and critters. Well worth the stop. 
  • My girls (4 & 7) absolutely LOVE dinosaurs. We live about an hour away and thought for the price we should check it out. What an awesome little treasure on the campus of U of Texas. We spent about 2.5...  read more »
  • I was searching online for a Natural History Museum in Austin area and for some reason couldn't find one with that title so I actually had to search for fossils and dinosaurs and Texas Memorial Museum...  read more »
  • Great variety of fossils and minerals on display, huge variety of dinosaurs and ancient reptiles. Lots of local wildlife on display as well. We were disappointed that the dinosaur tracks were not on display but it's hard to take away from the rest of this fantastic museum. Great for kids.
  • Really cool and informative. Parking is tough if you don't spend a lot to park.
  • A lot of things to see. Each floor has a different theme to it. Worth the price to kill some time.
  • The onion creek, travis county, mosasaur(mosasaur Maximus) was found in 1934 by U.T. Geology students Clyde Ikins and john smith, near Big Bend. Mosasaurs breathed air but we're powerful swimmers, who probably swam near here and all around Texas, when Texas was a shallow warm sea(early Cretaceous period 85-65 Ma). Pg.76-77 "river road vistas" by William Macleod.
  • What an Awesome place!! The humongous Pterodactyl hanging from the ceiling has got to be my favorite!?!? There are so many cool fossils to choose from My kids were in amazement and very eager to learn!! Our second stop was the library, they both wanted a book on dinosaurs!
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