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

September 23, 2018 | 1:00 pm

Identification Day

Are you curious about a fossil or other natural object you have found? If so, bring your discoveries to Texas Memorial Museum on Identification Day! University scientists and experts from Central Texas will be available to identify fossils, bones, rocks and prehistoric archeological materials. This FREE special event is offered in celebration of Austin Museum Day, an annual community-wide re-discovery of museums in and around Austin.

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October 17, 2018 | 9:00 am

National Fossil Day

National Fossil Day ™ is a nationwide celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values. Texas Memorial Museum will offer free activities with paid admission!  Details on our website.  Come explore Austin's ancient history!      

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