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Gems of the University

Signature Courses are unique to The University of Texas at Austin and should similarly highlight resources unique to this large research campus. The collections, tools, and artifacts at this Research I university can complement and enrich your course, while making tangible connections for your students to your course content.

Below are just some of the gems of campus, along with the appropriate contact for setting up an organized visit. If you know of a campus gem that should be added here, please contact the First-Year Experience Office .

B. Iden Payne Theater

Contact: Special Events and Tours, 512-471-0611

University of Texas Libraries

Contact: Visit web page for specific contacts and collections.

Blanton Museum of Art

Contact: Siobhan McCusker, Museum Educator for University Audiences

Whether you would like to schedule an introductory class visit, design an in-depth class experience based on a particular exhibition, or if you have an uncommon and innovative idea for collaboration, Blanton staff can work closely with you to build strong and creative connections between your curriculum and original works of art. For some ideas and examples, download this handout. Tips for scheduling visits: Please allow three weeks advance notice for guided visits, and two business days for self-guided visits. Museum admission is free for current UT students, faculty and staff. Faculty members may schedule a class visit online. For more information about Blanton tours, download this handout.

Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Contact: Erin Purdy, Assistant Director of Communications, 512-475-4692

Harry Ransom Center

Contact: See web page for specific contacts

There are four distinct ways to incorporate the Ransom Center into your Signature Course: seminar room visits with faculty-selected collection materials, docent-led gallery tours, self-guided gallery tours, and reserved seating at select public programs. Each of these options has limited availability. For more details and information on types of visits the Ransom Center cannot support, please visit their Signature Course website. Please contact the Ransom Center well in advance of any visit, even if you do not plan to actively include their staff.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

Contact: Amanda Melancon, Assistant Education Specialist, 512-721-0172

The Performing Arts Center

Contact for tours: Erin Randell, Special Events Coordinator, 512-471-0610

Texas Memorial Museum

Contact: Laura Naski, Senior Administrative Associate, 512-232-3551

The Texas Memorial Museum can accommodate up to 200 students on a self-guided tour, or 50 students on a guided tour at one time. Learn more about tour options and scheduling a visit.

UT Campus Telescopes and the Department of Astronomy’s Star Parties

Contact: Lara Eakins, Lab Services Supervisor, 512-471-1307

Please contact Lara three weeks prior to a visit, if more than 15 people will be in attendance.

Waller Creek

Contact: 512-471-3511

Texas Advanced Computing Center

Contact: 512-475-9411


Contact: Catherine Zinser