Texas Memorial Museum

June Summer Fun Checklist Item: Check out the Dino Bones at Texas Memorial Museum


The Texas Memorial Museum is one of Austin’s hidden treasures. Nestled on the UT campus, the “Dinosaur Museum” covers the history of Texas in geological and biological form.

Upon entering, you’re greeted by a Texas Pterosaur suspended over your head. The 40-ft wingspan makes this the largest flying reptile that ever lived.

Texas Memorial Museum has over five million specimens collected by UT students and faculty. You’ll find everything from the terrifying bugs that can live in your backyard to the terrifying mountain lions that can live down the street from your home. Texas is awesome, y’all!


After exploring four floors of wildlife, insects and gems, take a stroll outside where you can walk in the footsteps of the Glen Rose dinosaur tracks and have your photo taken with a replica of a sabre-tooth cat. And the back of the museum has a fun, graduated step area that takes you down to UT’s “Mustangs” sculpture.

School’s Out for Summer!

Saturday, June 6, 2015
Admission: FREE (donations welcome)

We are celebrating the end of a successful school year with FREE admission to the museum!  Museum exhibits open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the activities run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Scheduled activities:

The dig pit will be open to young paleontologists from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fossil identifications will be available from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
If there is a scout in your family working on a badge that includes a requirement to speak with a scientist, drop in at the Paleo Lab to chat with a paleontologist.
Back by popular demand – an official TMM patch!  Our new exclusive patch will be available in The Museum Store at a special price during the event.

Location: 2400 Trinity St, Austin

Museum Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Cost: Admission is FREE for children under 2 and active or retired UT faculty, staff, and students, with a valid UT ID (card holder only). Cost for ages 12 and up is $4 and 2-12 is $3.

Click here for parking and for more information on visiting the museum.

About the author: After growing up in Pittsburgh and bouncing around The West, Lisa Caldwell settled in Austin in 2012 with her husband and daughter with the dream of eating tacos for the majority of her meals. In her spare time, she writes at Hip-Baby Mama.

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