Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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The Ransom Center is located at the northeast corner of 21st and Guadalupe Streets on The University of Texas at Austin campus.

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Parking on the University campus is limited. The best parking option for visitors is in any of the nine UT parking garages located around the campus.

Non-university parking options include street meters and private surface lots and garages.

Non-university garages include the Bullock Texas State History Museum (beneath the museum; entrance on south side on 18th Street) and Dobie Mall (2005 Whitis Avenue, across the street from the Ransom Center).


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Public Transit

For complete information on routes and fares, visit Capital Metro or call 512-474-1200. For point-to-point directions using public transportation, use the Trip Planner tool, or visit maps.google.com and use the "Get Directions" link, choosing the bus icon.

  • MetroBus: Local routes 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 18, 19, 20; express routes 982, 983, 987, 990.
  • MetroRapid: 801, 803.
  • UT Shuttles: Forty Acres (640 FA), East Campus (641 EC), West Campus (642 WC), Red River (653 RR), Lake Austin (663 LA).
  • MetroRail: Red Line to MLK, Jr. Station with transfer to 464 MLK, Jr./Capitol Connector or local route 18.


21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, Texas

Street Address

Harry Ransom Center
The University of Texas at Austin
300 West 21st Street
Austin, Texas 78712
Phone: 512-471-8944

Mailing Address

Harry Ransom Center
The University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Drawer 7219
Austin, Texas 78713-7219


Admission is free. Your donation supports the Ransom Center's exhibitions and public programs.

Exhibition Galleries


10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
10 a.m.–7 p.m. Thursday
Noon–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday


Daily public tours will resume
on September 11, 2017.
Field trip and group tour information

Closure Dates

Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

Library Reading/Viewing Rooms

Located on the second floor, the Hazel H. Ransom Reading Room and David Douglas Duncan-Cain Foundation Viewing Room serve visitors using manuscripts, rare books, and visual materials.


9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Saturday

Some book and manuscript collections are in remote storage and must be requested at least three days in advance of anticipated use. Please contact the Ransom Center well in advance to request offsite materials.

Materials from the Photography, Performing Arts, Film, and Art Collections may not be available on Saturdays, unless previous arrangements have been made to place them on reserve. Because of limited staffing and access restrictions, some materials may not be available due to size, condition, preservation and handling concerns, storage location, or security reasons.

To ensure you are able to view the materials you wish to see, curatorial staff should be consulted regarding access to collections and their availability. We strongly encourage patrons to contact us before visiting.

Closure Dates

The Reading Room will be closed on these dates:

Thurs, Nov 23–Sat, Nov 25
Fri, Dec 22–Mon, Jan 1
Monday, January 15
Monday, May 28
Wednesday, July 4

Always closed on Sundays

Austin Visitor Information

The Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau provides information about accommodations and attractions in Austin.

Visit the other institutions that are part of Austin's Cultural Campus, a pedestrian-friendly destination of six museums and art centers.

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Upcoming Exhibition: Mexico Modern

Please be aware that Ransom Center events may be photographed and/or filmed. Your attendance constitutes your authorization for the Center to use your photograph, voice, or other likeness for purposes related to the mission of the Ransom Center, including but not limited to marketing and promotion in both print and electronic forms.