Texas Memorial Museum

Texas Memorial Museum works to create awareness, understanding and appreciation of the past, present and future of biological diversity, especially that of the state of Texas. Our mission is to inspire a life-long interest in science.

Texas Memorial Museum is located on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin and is open to the public for self-guided tours.  An audio tour is available via mobile phone or via podcasts that can be downloaded from the museum’s website.  Permanent exhibits include fossils and prehistoric life; gems, minerals and meteorites; and native Texas wildlife.  Spotlighted in the museum are spectacular specimens found in Texas, including the largest flying creature ever found—the Texas Pterosaur, with a wingspan of nearly 40 feet, and a 30-foot mosasaur that swam the shallow sea that once covered most of the state.

The Buzz Saw Sharks of Long Ago is on display in the Hall of Biodiversity from September 23, 2017 through September 21, 2018. This dynamic exhibit is a unique combination of science, art, and humor. It offers something for the whole family – fossils, original artwork by Ray Troll, life-sized sculptures by Gary Staab, and more!

The exhibit is organized by the Idaho Museum of Natural History in collaboration with Ray Troll.



2400 Trinity St. (map)


Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and major holidays.


$7 for 13 and older, $5 for ages 2-12, and free for children under 2; free for UT Austin faculty, staff, and students with a valid UT ID; see website for details, including group rates.


(512) 471-1604



upcoming events

January 27, 2018 | 9:00 am

Texas Wildlife Day

Come celebrate everything feathered, furred, smooth, and scaled and enjoy FREE admission to the museum! UT Austin scientists, TMM science educators, Austin Bat Refuge, and members of the Capital Area, Good Water and Lost Pines chapters of Texas Master Naturalists will host demonstration and activity tables on topics as diverse as our native wildlife. Museum exhibits open 9 am to 5 pm and the activities run from 10 am until 4 pm.

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