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We invite you to visit the Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum, and its current exhibition Shakespeare in Print and Performance.


We offer free docent-led private tours for groups of 10 or more.

Schedule your tour online. Individuals and small groups are invited to join us for a public exhibition tour, offered daily at noon, Thursdays at 6 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

View a calendar of exhibition-inspired lectures, films, and special events


Look Inside: New Photography Acquisitions
February 9–May 29, 2016
The Harry Ransom Center's photography collection is one of the world's largest and most comprehensive, and it is continually growing. Look Inside introduces nearly 200 of the Center's newest acquisitions, tracing photography from its unprecedented post-war expansion to its central position in contemporary art. Look Inside features groundbreaking photographs by Thomas F. Barrow, Lee Friedlander, Betty Hahn, and Robert F. Heinecken, contemporary investigations into the medium by Marco Breuer, John Chiara, Alison Rossiter, and Penelope Umbrico, and extended documentary projects by Alejandro Cartagena, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Louie Palu, and Alec Soth.

Shakespeare in Print and Performance
December 21, 2015–May 29, 2016
Explore the legacy of William Shakespeare at the Ransom Center. The Elizabethan world of Shakespeare and his contemporaries is presented through early printed books documenting his contemporary reputation, his textual sources, and his plays, all drawn from the Ransom Center's holdings. Costume and set designs and promptbooks showcase the variety of ways artists have translated his plays into performance.

Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird
November 25, 2015–December 31, 2017
The Ransom Center celebrates the homecoming of one of its most famous and frequently borrowed art works, the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940). Since 1990 the painting has been featured in exhibitions in more than 25 museums in the United States and around the world, including Australia, Canada, France, Spain, Mexico and Italy.


The Gutenberg Bible
One of only five complete copies in the United States, the Gutenberg Bible (ca. 1455) was the first book printed with movable type.

The First Photograph
The First Photograph was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 or 1827. The image depicts the view from an upstairs window at Niépce's estate, Le Gras, in the Burgundy region of France.


The Ransom Center is located at the northeast corner of 21st and Guadalupe Streets on The University of Texas at Austin campus. The campus area map shows the Center's location on 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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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, The University of Texas at Austin campus


Galleries open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended Thursday evening hours until 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Admission is free; donations welcome.


The Ransom Center's extensive holdings—more than 42 million manuscripts, 5 million photographs, 1 million rare books, and 100,000 works of art and design—provide a unique record of the creative process of writers and artists. The Ransom Center presents engaging exhibitions and programs drawn from its collections of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts.

Highlights include the Gutenberg Bible, the First Photograph (ca. 1826), the Watergate papers, the film archives of Robert De Niro and David O. Selznick, paintings by Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso, and manuscript collections of such legendary writers as James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, Tennessee Williams, Samuel Beckett, David Foster Wallace, and Norman Mailer.


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