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“Armstrong Browning”

Armstrong Browning Library
Ranked #15 of 63 things to do in Waco
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Owner description: The Armstrong Browning Library, free and open to the public, is located on the campus of Baylor University. It is a 19th-century research center dedicated to the study of the lives and works of Victorian poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and houses the world's largest collection of Browning material and fine collections of rare 19th-century books, manuscripts, and works of art.
Waco, Texas
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“Armstrong Browning”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

This "library" is a gem located in the most unlikely of places. If you love the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning, this is the place for you. The Library houses more of the Brownings' memorabilia than any other museum in the world. Dr. Armstrong, chair of the Baylor University Department of English many years ago, befriended the Browning family and accumulated this outstanding collection of articles for the Library. From the stained glass windows--the largest collection of stained glass windows dedicated to their poetry--to the Hall of Meditation, the Library is a quiet place to reflect on the work of these two poets. Docents are available to guide you through the Library and parking behind the building is easily accessible.

Visited July 2013
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Waco, Texas
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“Armstrong Browning Library (Baylor) -a visual wonder”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Baylor's AB library is a stunning surprise to those who first observe the building's rather unassuming exterior. A favorite, and highly-sought-after wedding venue for Baylor students, an academic destination for scholars from around the world, and a visual wonder await any who take the few minutes needed to locate this facility.

Visited April 2013
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Austin, Texas
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“Who Knew this was there?”
Reviewed 22 June 2013

We stumbled upon the Library while we were doing a new-student tour of Baylor University. The building and it's grounds are absolutely stunning. We didn't have much time, as we were trying to make a meeting. However, the 15 minutes we took to check out the architecture and stained glass windows was well worth it. We were told it's the largest secular collection of stained glass windows in the world (I hope I have that correct.) They are beautiful. I wouldn't go out of my way to see it...but if you are on campus it is a hidden gem. And, anyone who is a Elizabeth Barrett Browning fan would really enjoy it.

Visited June 2013
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Waco
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“Beauty inside and outside this Baylor landmark”
Reviewed 5 June 2013

This is probably one of the most beautiful places in Waco. Baylor University sponsors concerts and events here throughout the year. The art work both inside and outside the building are exceptional quality-well worth a visit just to see the sculptures outside and the use of marble, brass, and wood inside. To the side of the building is a lovely, new area with outdoor seating under huge shade trees. The entire grounds are beautifully landscaped just like the rest of the Baylor campus. I usually visit several times every year. I'm always impressed by the beauty inside and outside the museum/library.

Visited April 2013
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Waco
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“A Little Known Treasure”
Reviewed 30 May 2013

Everyone should visit the Armstrong Browning Library. It has the largest collection of memorabilia belonging to Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning, as well as the largest collection of secular stained glass windows in the world! The building itself is lovely, the interior is magnificent, and the collections are extraordinary.

Visited May 2013
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