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Explore History and Science on Campus

From the LBJ Presidential Library to the Texas Memorial Museum, UT has plenty to offer history and science buffs, young and old alike.

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Monumental history and scientific discoveries come alive at these campus destinations.

LBJ Presidential Library

LBJ Library

[LBJ Library photo by Lauren Gerson] 

Closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. every day. Free parking. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (62+), $3 for college students and children (13-17). Free admission for children 12 and under, active military, student groups with reservations and UT students, faculty and staff.

Features of the core exhibit include unprecedented access to private telephone conversations of the President, an interactive Vietnam War exhibit where visitors experience elements of the President’s decision-making process, the ability to join the conversation through social media as visitors tour exhibits and an interactive look at how legislation passed under LBJ affects visitors today. Other galleries include a 7/8th scale replica of the Oval Office as it was during LBJ’s White House years, the presidential limousine and images and artifacts from the fatal day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and LBJ became the 36th President of the United States.

The current temporary exhibit is “The American Soldier – A Photographic Tribute,” an exhibition of 116 photographs, from the Civil War to the War in Iraq.

Texas Memorial Museum

Texas Memorial Museum

[Marsha Miller] 

Closed Dec. 24-25, Dec. 31-Jan. 1. See website for regular hours Monday-Sunday. Admission is free.

Explore fossils collected from across Texas, including the 40-foot-long, flying Texas pterosaur, bountiful rocks and gems, and Texas natural history exhibits. The museum store is a perfect place to find gifts for the naturalist in your life, and the exhibits are a great way for the family to learn about Texas biodiversity past and present.

Harry Ransom Center

Harry Ransom Center Magnum Photos

“France. Normandy. Landing of the American troops on Omaha Beach.” 1944 © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos 

Closed Mondays and Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1. See their website for complete hours. Docent-led gallery tours occur on Tuesdays at noon, Thursdays at 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. The public tours meet in the lobby, and no reservations are required. Admission is free.

Visitors can see the current exhibition, Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age through Jan. 5. Magnum Photos photographers have produced some of the most memorable images of the last century. Founded in 1947, it was the first cooperative agency to be established and operated by photographers, thus insuring unprecedented creative, editorial, and economic independence. Drawing largely upon the vast collection of prints from the agency’s New York bureau, this exhibition investigates the evolution of Magnum Photos from print photojournalism to the digital age, revealing a global cooperative in continual flux.

The First Photograph and the Gutenberg Bible remain on permanent display.

Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports

Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports=


Closed Dec. 23-Jan. 1. Regular hours are M-Th 10-6, Friday 10-5. Admission is free. Call 512-471-4890 to gain access while the normal entry is under construction.

The Stark Center, located inside the North End Zone at Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, showcases sports photographs, memorabilia and equipment from some of history’s greatest athletes. Galleries include black and white photographs from the 1940s and 1950s depicting the golden era at Muscle Beach, nineteenth-century images of circus and vaudeville strongmen and strongwomen, papers and memorabilia of Texas golf legends Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite and Harvey Penick, and images of television and film stars playing golf at Pebble Beach.

There is also an exhibit commemorating UT’s 1963 football national championship and the life of legendary coach Darrell K. Royal. The exhibit features photographs, letters and other memorabilia from Royal’s life and the 1963 National Championship team including the ’63 roster and team photo recently signed by former players, images from scrapbooks kept by Royal’s wife, Edith and a collection of well-known Royalisms.

Parking Information


C Lots and the Longhorn Lots are open for parking without a permit from Monday, December 23rd through Wednesday, January 1st. Lots 70, 80, and 108 are exceptions for special events such as women’s and men’s basketball at the Frank Erwin Center. Please pay attention to posted signage at the entrances of these lots on restriction dates.


A and F spaces are open for parking without a permit from Monday, December 23rd through Wednesday, January 1st, including staff skeleton days during this time. Parking restrictions will remain in effect for those spaces that require a particular UT permit AT ALL TIMES. Lots 19, 23, and 118 are exceptions for special events such as women’s and men’s basketball at the Frank Erwin Center. Please pay attention to posted signage at the entrances of these lots on restriction dates.


All spaces designated for persons with disabilities will continue to be reserved for persons with disabilities only, although vehicles will only be required to display one of the following throughout this period: a state-issued disabled person placard or license plate, a university D permit, or a university TD permit.


All parking garage offices, excluding the Conference Center Garage (CCG), will be closed from Saturday, December 21st through Wednesday, January 1st.

CCG will be staffed during the entire winter break with regular CCG daily rates applying.

During this period, the Trinity Garage (TRG) will operate for special events such as men’s basketball and Disney Live at the Frank Erwin Center. Garages staffed for event parking will charge an entry fee on event days.

Otherwise outside of the event periods TRG and all other university garage gates will be open (with the exception of CCG), allowing for unrestricted garage parking.

Visit the UT Parking website for more information.