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The Ransom Center is open for research and self-guided gallery visits. Read more and subscribe to eNews for updates.

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Exhibitions Events Research
Admission is free.

Satisfy your curiosity.

Take a self-guided tour or attend a one-of-a-kind program. Whether you plan to tour the galleries, enjoy a notable speaker in our theater, or conduct research in our Reading and Viewing Room, the Ransom Center's collections are a source of inspiration. Free admission and rotating exhibitions offer numerous opportunities to connect with documents and artifacts that reveal the creative process of leading writers, artists, actors, and other creative figures.

The Reading and Viewing Room offers public access to manuscripts, rare books, and visual materials for anyone interested in researching the Center's collections. Library patrons must register at the reception desk, show a current photo ID, and view a brief presentation on using the facility and handling collection materials.

The Center is committed to the best possible visitor experience for everyone. Please contact us if you have additional needs or questions.

  • Hours

    The Ransom Center is open for self-guided gallery visits and research.

      Exhibition Galleries Reading and Viewing Room
    Monday Closed 10am–4pm
    Tuesday 10am–5pm 10am–4pm
    Wednesday 10am–5pm 10am–4pm
    Thursday 10am–5pm 10am–4pm
    Friday 10am–5pm 10am–4pm
    Saturday 12pm–5pm Closed
    Sunday 12pm–5pm Closed
  • Holiday Schedule
      Exhibition Galleries Reading and Viewing Room
    New Year's Day Closed Closed
    MLK Jr. Day Closed Closed
    Memorial Day Closed Closed
    Independence Day Closed Closed
    Labor Day Closed Closed
    Veterans Day Open Open
    Thanksgiving: Nov. 25 Closed Closed
    Thanksgiving: Nov. 26 Open Closed
    Thanksgiving: Nov. 27 Open Closed
    Thanksgiving: Nov. 28 Open Closed
    Winter Break: Dec. 22 Open Closed
    Winter Break: Dec. 23 Open Closed
    Winter Break: Dec. 24 Closed Closed
    Winter Break: Dec. 25 Closed Closed
    Winter Break: Dec. 26 Open Closed
    Winter Break: Dec. 27 Closed Closed
    Winter Break: Dec. 28 Open Closed
    Winter Break: Dec. 29 Open Closed
    Winter Break: Dec. 30 Open Closed
    Winter Break: Dec. 31 Closed Closed
    Winter Break: Jan. 1 Closed Closed
    Winter Break: Jan. 2 Open Closed
  • Tours

    The Ransom Center is open for self-guided gallery visits and research. For groups of 10 or more, please contact us at 512-232-5901 or hrctours@austin.utexas.edu.

  • Parking

    Metered parking is available on Guadalupe Street (free on Sundays).

    Visitors with Disabilities
    Parking for persons with disabilities is available in all garages (map) for a fee.

  • Accessibility

    Restrooms

    Public spaces are ADA compliant, including restrooms on public floors. A campus guide to Gender Inclusive restrooms is available.

    Specific Accommodations

    We have one wheelchair available for public use. For American Sign Language or to request specific ADA accommodation, please contact us at least five business days in advance.

  • Policies

    Backpacks, large bags, food, and drink are not permitted in the galleries, theater, or Reading and Viewing Room. Lockers are available for storing backpacks and travel luggage during your visit.

    Photography
    Personal, non-flash photography with hand-held equipment is permitted in all exhibition galleries and public spaces unless otherwise noted in signage. Personal photography of collection material in the Reading and Viewing Room is subject to a separate policy.

    Notice of Filming
    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.

    Commercial Filming Request
    If you would like to film anywhere on the Ransom Center premises for commercial purposes, please contact us about your project and needs.