Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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The Harry Ransom Center has shared with the community more than 50 exhibitions since its galleries opened in 2003. To ensure that we are providing the best possible experience for exhibition visitors, we are repainting the galleries and upgrading the gallery lighting system.

The galleries will be closed May 30 through August 14, 2016.

With support from a University Green Fee project-funded Lighting Initiative Program, the Ransom Center will convert gallery lighting to LEDs. This will result in significant energy savings, enhanced lighting, and a more pleasing viewing experience.

During this time, changing displays from the Ransom Center collections will be on view in the Ransom Center lobby, ranging from British playwright Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead to items related to the Ransom Center's summer film series. Visitors will still be able to view the Gutenberg Bible, the First Photograph, and Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird and to conduct research in our Reading and Viewing Room.

Gallery tours will be suspended until the next exhibition, Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World, opens on August 15, 2016. Private tours of the permanent exhibitions may still be requested online.



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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