Located on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, the Texas Memorial Museum was established as an educational institution focusing primarily on natural history. Founded in commemoration of the 1936 Texas Centennial, the Texas Memorial Museum explores the history of time and the natural science of the earth through paleontology, ichthyology, herpetology, biology, and geology among other areas.
The Texas Memorial Museum houses over 5.7 million specimens used in both the University’s continued research and the educational illumination of the museum. One of the museum’s most notable artifacts is the Wichita County Meteorite, a two foot tall space rock which was found perhaps as early as the 17th century by the Spanish residing in Texas. The rock was once thought to be medicinal and was eventually conveyed to Fort Belknap and turned over to the State Cabinet. Other specimen that you might see around the museum include the rare Texas Pterosaur, a flying reptilian dinosaur which was uncovered in West Texas, and any number of fascinating creatures that used to call Texas home.
Being an education based museum, the Texas Memorial Museum is the perfect place for groups who love to learn. Audio tours, guided group tours, and events are always available and open for groups to enjoy. The museum and its officials would love for you to come by and explore their exhibits and learn more about their beloved state.