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.

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

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21st and Guadalupe streets (map)


10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday, 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.


(512) 471-8944



upcoming events

October 31, 2016 | 7 PM

The Hidden Room Performance

Austin-based theater company The Hidden Room conjures an evening of magic and mystery with Harry Houdini on the 90th anniversary of his death

November 29, 2016 | 7 PM

Films of Elliott Erwitt

Join Jessica S. McDonald, the Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Curator of Photography, for an evening of Elliott Erwitt films: Beauty Knows No Pain (1971; 26 minutes), Red, White and Bluegrass (1963; 26 minutes), and The World Renowned Incomparable Marching 100 (1981; 23 minutes).