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Admission is free.

Satisfy your curiosity.

Satisfy your curiosity.

Take a 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.

Admission is free.

Exhibitions Events Research
  • Hours
      Exhibition Galleries Reading and Viewing Room
    Monday Closed 9am–5pm
    Tuesday 10am–5pm 9am–5pm
    Wednesday 10am–5pm 9am–5pm
    Thursday 10am–5pm 9am–5pm
    Friday 10am–5pm 9am–5pm
    Saturday 12pm–5pm 9am–5pm
    Sunday 12pm–5pm Closed
  • Holiday Schedule
    2023 Exhibition Galleries Reading and Viewing Room
    December 23 Open Closed
    December 24
    Christmas Eve
    Closed Closed
    December 25
    Christmas Day
    Closed Closed
    December 26 Open Closed
    December 27 Open Closed
    December 28 Open Closed
    December 29 Open Closed
    December 30 Open Closed
    December 31
    New Year's Eve
    Closed Closed

    2024 Exhibition Galleries Reading and Viewing Room
    January 1
    New Year's Day
    Closed Closed
    January 15
    MLK Jr. Day
    Closed Closed
    Memorial Day
    May 27
    Closed Closed
    June 19
    Emancipation Day
    Closed Closed
    July 4
    Independence Day
    Closed Closed
  • Tours

    Experience the Ransom Center and its collections through regularly scheduled, free exhibition tours (45 minutes to one hour). Ransom Center exhibitions offer an inside look at the creative process of some of the world's most significant writers and artists. Just drop in and meet us in the south atrium inside the lobby and let a docent guide you.

    While you are here to explore the latest exhibitions, stop by and see one of only five complete copies in the U.S. of the Gutenberg Bible, the first substantial book printed from movable type on a printing press by Johann Gutenberg in Germany in the mid-1400s. Don't miss the heliograph produced by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in the early 1800s, the earliest photograph produced in the camera obscura that survives today.

    Public Tour Schedule

    Join us for a tour of our exhibition, The Long Lives of Very Old Books.

    Monday Closed  
    Tuesday Noon  
    Wednesday Noon  
    Thursday Noon  
    Friday Noon  
    Saturday 1pm 2pm
    Sunday 1pm 2pm

    Private Group Tours

    To schedule a docent-led group tour for 10 or more people, please submit a tour request or contact us with questions. Private group tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and may take place Tuesday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and on weekends between noon and 4 p.m. It is not possible to accommodate docent-led tours for unscheduled groups, so please alert us to your planned visit.

  • Parking

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

    Visitors with Disabilities
    Accessible parking is available in area garages (see above) for a fee. Curbside parking spaces near the Ransom Center are available with an ADA placard or plate after 5:45 p.m. on weekdays and any time on weekends and holidays.

  • Accessibility


    A 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.


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

  • 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.

    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.