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“great place to see prehistory of Austin and Tx”

Texas Memorial Museum
Ranked #81 of 321 things to do in Austin
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Owner description: Rooted in the resources and reputation of The University of Texas at Austin, Texas Memorial Museum works to create awareness, understanding and appreciation of the past, present and future of biological diversity, especially that of the state of Texas. Texas Memorial Museum is open to the public for self-guided tours. An audio tour is available via mobile phone and podcasts that can be downloaded from the museum’s website. Permanent exhibits include fossils and prehistoric life; native Texas wildlife; gems, minerals and meteorites; and biodiversity. Spotlighted in the museum are spectacular specimens found in Texas, including the largest flying creature ever found—the Texas Pterosaur, with a wingspan of nearly 40 feet, and a 30-foot mosasaur that swam the shallow sea that once covered most of the state.
Austin, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“great place to see prehistory of Austin and Tx”
Reviewed 10 June 2013

It's a natural history museum, so there's a floor on Texas' wildlife, and another on evolution. The first floor focuses on paleontology - you've just got to see the 30-foot mosasaur that was found in south Austin - this monster swam in the very place where you're standing! The pterosaur with its 40-foot wingspan is also pretty spectacular. Too many things to mention here - you just gotta go! FREE admission, too!

Visited June 2013
3 Thank Susan R
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Euless, Texas
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144 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Absolute Treasure at NO Cost !”
Reviewed 27 May 2013

Looking for something to fill some time at no cost - this is your place ! Located on campus at the University, these 4 floors are filled with numerous treasures. It is in an old building, which lends additional charm. Lots of exhibits from prehistoric to evolution and Texas wildlife. You need a lot of time to really see and enjoy everything. We went on a Sunday and there were very few people there so you could spend as much time as you like on each exhibit. Some fun interactive things that the children will enjoy.

There is no charge for this but they do ask for donations. Please make a donation - it is well worth it !! Parking was available at no cost on Sunday in the San Jacinto tower just next door. Dinosaur tracks exhibit was closed but looks like it was under renovation and may be open again. Glad we found this attraction.

Visited May 2013
2 Thank BRcircle
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Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
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359 reviews
100 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Compact Great Diverse Displays”
Reviewed 27 April 2013

Four floors on very interesting and well displayed natural history items. We're both museum buffs, especially natural history and we saw and learned things we've never seen before. The four floors are relatively compact, but they're chocked full of fun things. Add it to your list, you might learn something new !

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Michael S
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Newport News, Virginia
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178 reviews
118 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Good for a "free" museum”
Reviewed 9 April 2013

We took our teens during spring break. They were a little bored with the museum even though it has 4 floors. The exhibits on the 3rd floor were a little old and dusty looking. They needed a refresh. The most interesting floor was the first which was all about Geology and Paleontology. For free entrance, this museum was pretty good. What i didn't realize before I got here was that it was inside the University of Texas campus. If you come here, make sure you see the bell tower where Charles Whitman hid and shot 17 people and injured dozens more in 1966. Also, the museum is walking distance to the stadium and a university store. Park in the adjacent garage as you will probably not find anywhere else to park.

Visited April 2013
Thank 1Jaybee1
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Austin, Texas
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55 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Grandkids in heaven.”
Reviewed 24 February 2013

On the UT Campus. My 3 and 5 year old grandboys loved the exhibits, especially the dinosaur stuff and the shiny rocks. Be sure to see all the floors. Free, just pay for the parking.

Visited January 2013
Thank green4golf
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