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Awesome artifacts, great museum, letters, movies, rotating exhibits, free on certain days and i... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2018
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I got there when a tour was getting started. It was wonderful. I've always done it on my own and... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2018
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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

This museum is small but worth taking time out of any day to stop and visit for a half hour to an hour! They had the Gutenberg bible, Edgar Allen Poe's desk, the first known photograph and we were told they had Einsteins written equations. Wish Einsteins pieces were on permanent display as we did not get to see them. Worth the stop!!!

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Reviewed 20 August 2017

The collection here is deep and varied. The stars of the permanent exhibits are the Gutenberg Bible and the world's first known photograph, Many authors, including James Joyce, Norman Mailer, John Steinbeck and George Bernard Shaw, have given their collections to the Ransom Center, Hollywood directors have given their collections to the Ransom Center; one of the most best is the David O. Selznick collection. The depth of the Gone With the Wind collection is stunning.

The Ransom Center is on the University of Texas campus.

HINT #1: This is wheelchair accessible.

HINT #2: There is limited street parking, but the University Coop parking garage usually has space; it is located a few blocks away.

Thank Marcus L
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

I'd match it with what Harvard has to offer. They've got some of the rare in demand collections in the country. A must.

Thank Robert W
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Reviewed 14 July 2017

The museum is listed as at 21st and Guadalupe in Austin, but the actual entrance faced the University of Texas campus rather than the street. Parking is difficult. turn East on 21st st and park in the Dobie Garage ($5.00 for 2 hrs. and up). The walk is then about 1 block to the museum. There is no wheelchair accessible drop off from the street.

The font on the displayed is very tiny. It is smaller than newsprint. So, bring your reading glasses or a magnifying glass if you have trouble reading small print.

The displays are well arranged. We happened to arrive at the same time as a group was getting a docent-led tour, so we tagged along. I highly recommend taking a tour, as you will get so much more out of the museum.

There is a wheelchair accessible ramp inside.

Rotating displays. Check the calendar to find an exhibition to your taste. Open 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. M, Tues, & Wed. CLOSED FRIDAY. 10:00-7:00 Th. Noon-5:00 Sat and Sun.

Thank capitollover
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

For the intellectually curious, the Ransom Center is a glittering, delicious candy shop. This world-class institution has a mind-boggling collection of treasures in diverse fields of interest - film, literature, photography, art and the performing arts. Where else can you find Joyce's most complete archive alongside the collections of Tennessee Williams, Robert DeNiro, Ansel Adams, Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, Houdini and THOUSANDS of other trail-blazing, culture-shaping artists? A favorite of international scholars and taste-makers alike. And did I mention it's free?! Best bet folks. Don't miss it.

Thank Dawn B
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