Fodor's Expert Review Harry Ransom Center
Part of the University of Texas, this is one of the world's greatest collectors and exhibitors of important literary papers and other artifacts related to the arts and humanities. Among its fantastic riches are the papers of Norman Mailer, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Arthur Miller; Woodward and Bernstein's Watergate research materials; more than 10,000 film, television, and radio scripts; more than 10,000 film posters; one million rare books, including a Gutenberg Bible; and five million photographs. Travelling exhibitions bring artifacts from classic masterpieces like Gone With the Wind and artist Frida Kahlo's "Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird" to the space. Tours are held daily at noon and on Thursday at 6 pm and weekends at 2 pm. Many documents can only be seen with advanced notice, so call ahead if you have a specific item in mind.