Holiday break hours at the Ransom Center

Scene concept for “Christmas at Aunt Pittypat’s in Atlanta” in "Gone With The Wind."

Scene concept for “Christmas at Aunt Pittypat’s in Atlanta” in “Gone With The Wind.”

The Harry Ransom Center will be closed on Christmas Eve Day (Wednesday, December 24) and Christmas Day (Thursday, December 25). However, the Ransom Center Galleries will be open the rest of winter break on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Additional member-only hours will be available from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.


Visitors can view the current exhibitions The Making of Gone With The Wind and Frida Kahlo’s Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and HummingbirdThe Making of Gone With The Wind will be open through January 5. The First Photograph and the Gutenberg Bible remain on permanent display.


Please also be aware that the Reading and Viewing Rooms and administrative office will be closed during the University holidays from Saturday, December 20, through Thursday, January 1.


Free docent-led gallery tours of The Making of Gone With The Wind occur daily at noon, Thursdays at 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. (There will be no public tour on the closed days of Wednesday, December 24 or Thursday, December 25.) The public tours meet in the lobby, and no reservations are required. On weekends, a selection of screentests from Gone With The Wind will be shown in the Ransom Center’s first-floor theater at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.


Admission is free. Your donation will support the Ransom Center’s exhibitions and public programs. Parking information and a map are available online.

Closing Soon at the Harry Ransom Center: “The King James Bible: Its History and Influence”

Photo by Antonio Delgado.

The Harry Ransom Center’s exhibition The King James Bible: Its History and Influence closes on Sunday, July 29.

Free docent-led tours of the exhibitions are offered Tuesdays at noon, Saturdays at 2 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. through the end of the exhibition.

The galleries are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Thursday evenings to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Mondays. Admission is free; your donation supports the Ransom Center’s exhibitions and public programs.

About the exhibition:
Four hundred years after its first printing, the King James translation of the Bible remains a vital work whose language permeates contemporary literature, music, and everyday speech. This exhibition tells the little-known story of one of the most widely read and printed books in the history of the English language and provides a compelling look at the history of this translation, its English-language predecessors, and the social and historical context in which it was produced.

Items from the Ransom Center’s literature, film, photography, and art collections demonstrate the King James Bible’s far-reaching influence on the arts and humanities, from John Milton to Harriet Beecher Stowe to Martin Luther King, Jr. to Norman Mailer. The King James translation’s distinctive and eloquent language has become an integral part of our culture and literature, permeating the Civil War-era writings and speeches of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, providing the title for Walker Evans and James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, and even inspiring the tattoos for Robert De Niro’s character in the film Cape Fear.

The exhibition features the most comprehensive display of Bibles and related materials in the Center’s history. Highlights include examples of modern biblically inspired design and printing, including prints by Marc Chagall, silk screens by Jacob Lawrence, and sculpture by Eric Gill.

View a list of books inspired by the exhibition.
Watch a video preview of the exhibition.
View tips and recommendations on how to care for and preserve your family Bible.
View and print a family guide for this exhibition.

The exhibition I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America opens in the galleries on Tuesday, September 11.