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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.  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...  more »
  • Small museum with nice collection on geology and paleontology. The kids loved the fossils. Audio guides on selected displays provided an interactive way for the kids to get interesting facts on the topic.
  • Visiting this museum was an absolute blast! The exhibits were thoughtfully constructed and presented the natural history of Texas in an engaging format suited for visitors of all ages. The entrance fee was remarkably low and the staff friendly. Also, it was refreshing to see evolution talked of as a fact.

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