Harry Ransom Center

Temporarily closed. Learn about remote research services and subscribe to eNews for updates.

Plan Your Visit


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.

  • Tours

    The Ransom Center galleries are temporarily closed. Visit from Home and subscribe to the Center's eNews for updates and online resources.

  • 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


    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.

    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.