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Texas Memorial Museum, Austin

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The Texas Memorial Museum, located on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas, USA, was created during preparations for the Texas Centennial Exposition held in 1936. The museum's focus is on natural history, including paleontology, geology, biology, herpetology, ichthyology and entomology. At one point, the museum also had exhibits on Texas history, anthropology, geography, and ethnography, but these were relocated to other museums (including the Bullock Texas State History Museum) in 2001.

The building was designed in the Art Deco style by John F. Staub, with Paul Cret as supervising architect. Ground was broken for the building by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in January 1936. The museum was opened on January 15, 1939.

The museum won "Best of Austin" awards from the Austin Chronicle in 2002 and 2005.
In October 2013, Linda Hicke, the dean of Austin's College of Natural Sciences, cut the museum's funding by $400,000 and transferred ownership to the American Legion Texas Branch. The staff was reduced from twelve employees to three: a security guard, a gift shop operator and one other employee.
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  • Great museum for Texas dinosaurs. Wonderful bones and information. A dino hunters dream! Great for children and teenagers. Easy to self guide. 
    Great museum for Texas dinosaurs. Wonderful bones and information. A dino hunters dream! Great for children and teenagers. Easy to self guide.  more »
  • There were so many things to see here. When we went there were both an archaeologist and a paleontologist present in the exhibits. Staff were personable and knowledgeable; really helped make the... 
    There were so many things to see here. When we went there were both an archaeologist and a paleontologist present in the exhibits. Staff were personable and knowledgeable; really helped make the...  more »
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  • I love this place. When I used to work on UT campus, I would often spend my lunch break here. Free admission is a staff benefit and this place is full of really cool stuff. I especially like the WPA building, the flying pterodactyl skeleton, the giant topaz, the enormous dragonfly fossil and the dire wolf skeleton in the basement.
  • Was able to show the gkids a great field trip for home schooling at their own pace. Which is as absorbent as a dry sponge soaking up every bit of water next to the ocean. They loved it.

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