At Harry Ransom Center you will enjoy viewing the first photograph ever taken, alongside one of only 13 remaining Gutenberg ... More
Harry Ransom Center
At Harry Ransom Center you will enjoy viewing the first photograph ever taken, alongside one of only 13 remaining Gutenberg Bibles, created in 1456. Also showcased are rare compositions and manuscripts by Galileo, Beethoven, Hemingway and more. You will find a wonderful collection of theater arts pieces and a book library with over 800,000 priceless manuscripts. Take advantage of the free admission and experience many of the University's unique treasures.
Wow -- who knew that Austin measures up against Paris, London, and U.S. cultural capitols like New York and Boston? It does, when the yardstick is the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas.
Most of the incredible treasures of literature, art and photography are safely stored away, though available to researchers. BUT, they always seem to have interesting exhibits that draw from the world-class collections, and always on view are the world's FIRST photograph (!) and a well-preserved Gutenberg Bible, the first printed book, as we know them.
In addition, the place rewards its members with
periodic, elegant openings and other events that give a unique perspective on the works, and workings, of this place that seems to have a little of everything for everyone. Plus, it's always free to visit -- a great place to escape the blandness of everyday life and see the world through the eyes of some of the world's most iconic creators (Ansel Adams, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, Tennessee Williams, etc.).
Note that parking is a potential issue, though there are a few parking garages in the area (Dobie Mall, across the street, comes to mind).
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