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Harry Ransom Center
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The University of Texas at Austin 300 W 21st St Austin, TX 78712
300 West 21st StreetUSTexasAustin78712
(512) 471-8944hrc.utexas.edu
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Millions of rare books, manuscripts, photos & thousands of works of art, from Hemingway to Kahlo.- Google
"They currently have an indepth and fascinating exhibit on the King James Bible."
5 reviewers
"Also the huge open windows offer great lighting for photographers."
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Dan Alpert
a month ago
I went here with a group for a guided tour of the Alice in Wonderland exhibit. I had never heard about this place and was very pleasantly surprised. Our tour guide patiently and knowledgeably answered many questions. The exhibit was quite interesting. I have a new place for my parents to go next time they visit while I'm at work.
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Meg McLaughlin
a year ago
The HRC is a fantastic resource. I'm a photographer and a human interested in the arts, so I try to go as often as possible. I haven't been to a bad exhibit here. Some days I just go hang out with the first photograph. Sometimes I like to go to the reading rooms. The staff is lovely and welcoming. I can't recommend it enough!
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Glenna Broderick
a year ago
Seeing the first photograph, a Gutenberg bible and an exhibit of Magnum photographs in one afternoon was awesome. If I lived here I would be there digging through their archive at least once a week. This place is the best. Thank you Harry Ransom for making all this highly accessible to the public!
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Peter Tsai
2 years ago
The world's first photograph and a Gutenberg Bible are sitting 50 feet away from each other in this museum! I've also seen amazing exhibits here including original works from Ansel Adams. Best of all, the museum is free! The cool glass windows are amazing as well and a great spot for pictures. If you've never been here, what are you waiting for?
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Carla Stevens
4 months ago
This is FREE, when not many things are anymore. I have been here many times and am never disappointed. The exhibits are always interesting, insightful and even if you think you know a lot about a subject there is always more to know. I never cease to be intrigued and informed.
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Aarika Marino
a year ago
I have only been to the Harry Ransom Center once, but I intend on visiting many times again. The exhibit I visited was a collection of Arnold Newman’s portraiture work. His portraits really got me thinking. If I were to have someone take a portrait of me, how would I want to be portrayed? The flow of the work and the interactive installations were fantastic. And as an extra surprise, there is a painting by Frida Kahlo tucked to the right of the entrance! I never had seen one in person before, but the detail was exquisite.
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Michael Stevens
3 years ago
We just recently went and saw the exhibit on the censorship of books in the US. This place is incredible for what it offers for free, bit PLEASE donate. They have the first photograph EVER taken on display which is a pretty big deal. The staff was extremely knowledgable and helpful. We did not go upstairs into the library/archive area but have heard nothing but phenomenal things about what all they offer. Please visit, please donate. Also the huge open windows offer great lighting for photographers.
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Patrick Lu
2 years ago
I've been studying photography for over 5 years now, and the HRC has one of the best curated galleries that I've seen in America. They have the entire Magnum archive which is absolutely flipping nuts. I could easily spend a month here looking at photos and I still wouldn't have scratched the surface of what they have to offer.

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