Harry Ransom Center

The Harry Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum. Its extensive holdings provide a unique record of the creative process of writers and artists, deepening our understanding of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts. Thousands of scholars, students, and cultural enthusiasts from around the world study materials from the collections each year. These collections also inspire original exhibitions and programs that offer visitors opportunity for enrichment, discovery, and delight. The Ransom Center advances the study of the arts and humanities and fosters an environment where culture thrives.

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21st and Guadalupe streets (map)


10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Thursday; Noon–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday


Admission is free. Your donation supports the Ransom Center's exhibitions and public programs.


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upcoming events

March 31, 2015 | 7:00PM

Lecture: Michael Ondaatje

Acclaimed novelist and poet Michael Ondaatje converses with writer Geoff Dyer. Ondaatje is the Booker Prize–winning author of The English Patient. A reception and book signing follow. Presented by the University Co-op. Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry.

April 1, 2015 | 12:00PM

Poetry on the Plaza: Singers and Songwriters

Poetry on the Plaza: Singers and Songwriters


April 8, 2015 | 4:00PM

Lecture: Hermione Lee

Hermione Lee, biographer of Virginia Woolf, Willa Cather, Edith Wharton, Penelope Fitzgerald, and Tom Stoppard (currently underway), talks about her experiences pursuing her subjects through their archives. She describes the accidents and surprises of a biographer's quest, from embargoed letters in a Nebraskan bank to water-stained books rescued from a sunken barge in the Thames, from the spell cast by Woolf's diaries to a Wharton deathbed discovery in an Italian villa.

April 15, 2015 | 7:00PM

Member Event: Reception for New Members

Enjoy a night of special access to the Ransom Center at this Director's reception for new members. Invitation only; RSVP required.


April 25, 2015 | 10:00AM

Family Day: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Visit Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and enjoy activities for the young and young at heart in the gallery and on the plaza.

April 29, 2015 | 7:00PM

Curator Tour of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Join exhibition curator Danielle Brune Sigler for a tour of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. To ensure the best experience for attendees, the tour is limited to 60 people. Free tickets for the program can be picked up from the Center's visitor desk starting at 6 p.m.

May 9, 2015 | 10:00AM

Family Day

Visit Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and enjoy activities for the young and young at heart in the gallery and on the plaza.

June 6, 2015 | 3:00PM

Film Series: Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Disney's film Alice in Wonderland (1951), which combines elements of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, has become one of the most popular representations of the Alice stories. 75 minutes, rated G.

June 13, 2015 | 3:00PM

Film Series: James and the Giant Peach (1996)

The stop-motion animated film James and the Giant Peach (1996) was adapted from Roald Dahl's classic 1961 book. It follows James on his journey in a giant peach with a group of insect friends. 80 minutes, rated PG.

June 20, 2015 | 3:00PM

Film Series: Coraline (2009)

Henry Selick wrote and directed Coraline (2009) based on Neil Gaiman's award-winning novella. Coraline, wishing for more perfect parents, finds an alternate world where she discovers that all that she wished for is not, in fact, what she wanted. 101 minutes, rated PG.