Great Hall


Quetzalcoatlus northropi takes flight in the Great Hall

Showcasing the museum’s most valuable specimens, the Great Hall exhibits many specimens never before seen by the public. The highlight of this hall is a reconstruction of the skeleton of Quetzalcoatlus northropi, the Texas Pterosaur, a flying reptile unearthed in West Texas by The University of Texas at Austin scientists. With a wingspan of 36 feet, Quetzalcoatlus northropi is one of the largest flying creatures ever found.

Featured exhibits in the Great Hall (second floor; main entrance)


Colors of Nature

Colors of Nature features alternating shows of brilliant color wildlife photos.

Now showing: Texas Wildlife Portraits, photographs by Greg Lasley.

Native Gold

E.M. Barron Minerals and Gem Collections

On display are 140 specimens collected from all over the world by the late Col. E.M. Barron (1903-1969), a former Texas legislator [ House 42-43rd district (1931-1935)] who also served under General Douglas MacArthur in Australia during WWII.


Natural Wonders: Treasures of the TMM

What makes something a treasure? Marvel at a variety of rare specimens that reveal the beauty of the natural world.

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Austin, Texas 78712-1621


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Austin, Texas 78712-1621