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The Harry Ransom Center is a place of unlimited discovery and its exhibition galleries are free and open to the public every day of the week. Tours offer an in-depth guided experience of the current exhibitions, the Gutenberg Bible, which is the first substantial book printed in the West with moveable metal type, and the Niepce Heliograph, the earliest known surviving photograph made in a camera. Public tours meet in the South Atrium and no reservations are required.

Public Tours Schedule

Noon Daily
6 p.m. Thursday
2 p.m. Saturday
2 p.m. Sunday

Admission and tours are free, but donations are encouraged to support the Ransom Center's exhibitions and public programs. For groups larger than 10 people, please contact the Ransom Center to make arrangements for a private group tour. For details about parking and directions, see the Visit page.

Group Tours

To schedule a Group Tour for 10 or more people, please fill out a tour request form or contact us at hrctours@austin.utexas.edu with questions. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and may take place Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on weekends between noon and 5 p.m. It is not possible to accommodate unscheduled groups, so please alert us to your planned visit.

Field Trips and Self-Guided Groups

Educator's interested in Field Trips can find resources at Primary Source Education Modules. Please fill out a tour request form or contact us at hrctours@austin.utexas.edu with questions about your school visit. The Ransom Center's volunteers are prepared to enrich group tours and visitor experiences. Should you prefer to make a group visit without the help of a docent, please inform the Center's staff. If capacity becomes an issue, scheduled groups take precedence over unscheduled groups.

Guidelines for Groups

  • Please allow 1 hour for your tour.
  • Plan to arrive 10 minutes before your tour is scheduled to begin. A docent will meet your group in the south atrium of the lobby and begin promptly at your designated tour time. If your group arrives more than 15 minutes after your designated start time we cannot guarantee a docent-led tour.
  • Cancellations: Please contact the Center's staff at least a week in advance to cancel a tour.
  • The Ransom Center can accommodate tour groups up to 30 people. If your group is larger than 30, the Center's staff is prepared to offer logistical suggestions for your visit.


  • No food, drink, gum or pens are allowed in the galleries.
  • Keep a safe distance between you and artifacts, documents, and works of art to avoid accidental contact and damage.
  • Backpacks, large bags, and umbrellas must be checked at desk in the lobby area near the front entrance.
  • Flash photography is not permitted.

Parking and Directions

For details about parking and directions, see the Visit page.



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