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Texas Memorial Museum

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Texas Memorial Museum
2400 Trinity Street Stop D1500
AustinTX 78712
(512) 471-1604

Ages: 0 and up

Cost: Free

Parking: Yes - in pay-to-park university garages

Features: Handicap Accessible, Restrooms, Shop, Changing Tables, Picnic Area

Texas Memorial Museum is housed within the Texas Natural Science Center located on the University of Texas campus at Austin. Exhibits focus on dinosaurs and fossils, Texas wildlife, gems and minerals, and a working paleontology lab where visitors can interact with scientists as they prepare fossil finds.

Spotlighted in the exhibits are spectacular specimens found in Texas, including the largest flying creature ever found, the Pterosaur, with a wingspan of nearly 40-feet and the 30-foot Mosasaur that swam the shallow sea that once covered the state.

Hours of Operation: 

Monday-Thursday  9am-5pm

Friday  9am-4:45pm

Saturday  10am-4:45pm

Sunday  1pm-4:45pm

Closed on major holidays including:


  • Easter Sunday
  • Independance Day(July 4th)
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve and Day
  • New Years Eve and Day 

To learn more about the exhibitsdirections, best parking options or to plan your visit please visit their website. The museum closes for all home UT football games.

2013 Home Game Closures:

August 31st

September 14th & 21st

November 2, 16, 28th 




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  • 5

Reviewed on 02/09/2013

Awesome place to take the kids!

Texas Memorial Museum


  • 5

Reviewed on 07/18/2012

We really enjoyed our visit to the Texas Memorial Museum. I arrived with my 3.5 year old and 18 month old one recent summer morning and easily found parking in the parking garage just north of the museum. You do have to pay to park but that is the case for all university garages. The museum, however, is free. There are lots of stairs at the main entrance so if you're visiting with a stroller you may want to use the wheelchair/stroller entrance. Just follow the signs and they will lead you right to it. Once inside there is an elevator so touring the museum is fairly easy with a stroller.
Just outside of the entrance to the museum are the outdoor exhibits; dinosaur tracks, an outdoor classroom made from vertebra and a saber-tooth cat sculpture, one of my son's favorites. The museum houses four floors of natural treasures. We spent the majority of our time on the first and second floors where the dinosaur and other fossils are located as well as the mineral and gem collection. The second floor also has the Texas Pterosaur, which is the largest flying creature ever found and was unearthed in West Texas. The third floor is the hall of Texas Wildlife where you can learn about Texas wildlife through mounted specimens of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The fourth is the interactive Hall of Biodiversity which explores evolution.

The museum is beautiful and very well maintained. There is also a very nice shop on the main floor with unique gifts, books and jewelry for all ages.


Texas Memorial Museum