“All these books are worse than opium… I would rather have a child of mine use opium than read these books.”
—Senator Reed Smoot, Congressional Record, March 17, 1930
Learn which books were “worse than opium” in the Harry Ransom Center's exhibition "Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored." Focusing on the interwar years, the exhibition reveals the rarely-seen “machinery” of American censorship from 1918 to 1941. Writers, reformers, agents, attorneys, and publishers battled publicly over obscenity and freedom of expression. "Ulysses," "All Quiet on the Western Front," "Lady Chatterley’s Lover," and "The Grapes of Wrath" came under fire from would-be censors alongside classics like "The Decameron" and "The Canterbury Tales."
Support the museums and find unique gifts at each stop of the museum crawl. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum Store offers the official Capitol ornament, as well as a variety of Texas-inspired items. The Blanton has publications, notecards, posters, and accessories such as jewelry and handbags. Mention “museum crawl” and enjoy a 10% discount at the Blanton shop. At the Ransom Center, browse “I Read Banned Books” t-shirts, as well as postcards and totebags inspired by the current exhibitions. This Saturday only, there is tax-free shopping at the LBJ Museum Store, which features items related to its “Left to Right: Radical Movements of the 1960s” exhibition and a variety of political party and presidential merchandise.
Enjoy live music at The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in the afternoon, a performance of holiday music by the Austin Girls Choir at the Blanton Museum of Art at 1 p.m., and a tour of the Ransom Center’s current exhibitions at 2 p.m. Rejuvenate over lunch at the Blanton Cafe or The Story of Texas Cafe.
Complimentary cider or hot chocolate will be available at each museum to keep you warm as you walk to your next museum destination.
At each stop, you will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a prize package that includes a $25 gift card to the Blanton Museum’s shop and 2 admission passes, items from the LBJ Library and Museum, a “Family Four-Pack” that includes tickets to the IMAX Theatre, exhibits, and Spirit Theater at the The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, and a t-shirt, postcard set, and book from the Ransom Center.
Parking is available at the LBJ Library and Museum (free), in the Brazos garage just east of the Blanton Museum of Art, in the The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum’s own underground parking facility, or on San Antonio street just west of the Ransom Center.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Blanton Museum of Art
9 a.m. to 6 p.m., The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Saturday, November 12: Bike Tour with Mellow Johnny’s
Explore art, history, the humanities, and science while enjoying a casual bike ride! Join us Saturday, November 12, for a bike tour of Austin’s Cultural Campus. Meet at 9 a.m. at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, located at 400 Nueces. Co-hosted by Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop and the Austin Cycling Association, this no-drop, co-ed group ride is perfect for cyclists of all levels and riding abilities. Total distance is about 6 miles.
On this route, we’ll visit museums that are part of Austin’s Cultural Campus: the Blanton Museum of Art, The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, LBJ Library and Museum, and Visual Arts Center. Docents will briefly share museum highlights.
Update: The bike tour is full, and the RSVP list is closed.
Saturday, November 26, Holiday Museum Crawl
Kick off your holidays with some super shopping and a bit of culture too at the Austin’s Cultural Campus Holiday Museum Crawl on Saturday, November 26. Visit the Blanton Museum of Art, The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Harry Ransom Center, and LBJ Library and Museum for free or discounted admission to exhibitions (use code: museum crawl at the front desk), live music, free hot beverages, special museum shop savings, plus a drawing for a prize package with gifts from each museum. Visit each museum’s website for additional information and hours for November 26.