The Harry Ransom Center

The Harry Ransom Center on The University of Texas campus is a great place to spend a free afternoon in the City of Austin.  This small museum on the edge of campus showcases some interesting exhibits from the center’s large collection.  Not only is the Ransom Center completely free to the public, but the exhibits change frequently.  It is an afternoon of free enjoyment that can be repeated every few months when a new exhibit is showcased.

The current exhibits at the Ransom Center are “Fritz Henle: In Search of Beauty” which we told you about in a previous post and “The Persian Sensation: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám in the West” about Persian astronomer Omar Khayyám.

On May 5th another interesting piece will arrive at the Ransom Center:

The Ransom Center celebrates the homecoming of one of its most famous and frequently borrowed art works, the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940). Since 1990 the painting has been on almost continuous loan, featured in exhibitions at 28 museums in the U. S. and around the world, including Australia, Canada, France, and Spain.

One of my favorite exhibits in the past was “On the Road with the Beats” .  It featured the original manuscript that Jack Kerouac used to type “On the Road.”  I also enjoyed “The American Twenties” which covered every aspect of that era from culture to politics.  The wide variety of exhibits is sure to match anyone’s interests.

The Center is easy to find and open every day of the week except Monday.  Stop by to see the interesting galleries and explore this hidden treasure in Austin.


5 responses to “The Harry Ransom Center

  1. The Gutenberg Bible is really cool. We are one of the few universities to have one of the few copies, outside the Ivy league system. if not the only one.

  2. I agree with Meera. I took my mom to see this, as well as one of the world’s first photographs, which is also in the HRC lobby, a few months ago.

  3. YES I LOVED the Gutenberg Bible when I went with my parents on one of their visits. It’s really awesome, and a great way to impress your parents haha

  4. The Gutenberg Bible and the first photograph have been mentioned in several classes I have taken in college. It is amazing that we have the actual pieces on our college campus. Definitely another reason worth stopping by the Ransom Center.

  5. I love the Ransom Center. there are some awesome things in there. I have spent hours wandering about in there and I don’t think I’ve seen everything yet.

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