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Plan Your Visit

From the moment you walk in, you will feel the Southwest all around you. From the hand-made Saltillo tile floors (look for the paw prints!) to the vibrant art and artifacts in our galleries, we invite you to experience our region’s creative culture.
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  • Exhibition Hours:  Closed until further notice

    Research Hours: Closed until further notice


    • Hours Change during holidays, university breaks and interim sessions. Please view our 2019-2020 calendar for all hours.
    • In inclement weather, The Wittliff follows the university’s late start times and/or closures. Check the main page for alerts.  
    • On occasion, The Wittliff closes early for private events.
    • Please call ahead — 512.245.2313 — to confirm the most up-to-date opening hours. 
  • Location

    The Wittliff is located on the seventh floor of the Albert B. Alkek Library on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

    Special Assistance

    For assistance, or for mobility impaired/accessible parking, please call The Wittliff at 512.245.2313.


    There are several parking options depending on when you’re visiting:

    Weekday parking, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Limited free parking is available in the Alkek Garage located at the end of Talbot street (see map - you may have to zoom in). The parking attendant will guide you to a spot.

    Weekend parking
    The Alkek Garage is free and open to the public on weekends. If the garage is full, additional parking is available in Woods Garage (see map - you may have to zoom in).

    After you park, follow the signs and walk up the ramp to the Albert B. Alkek Library. Go into the library and take the elevator to the seventh floor.

    Turn-By-Turn Driving Directions

    1. Turn-By-Turn Driving Directions
          1.    Take I-35 and exit 206 (Aquarena Springs / TX-82 Loop)
          2.    Turn West on Aquarena Springs, continuing straight past the stadium and on the overpass
          3.    At San Marcos River, stay straight on Aquarena Springs, which curves left and becomes University Drive
          4.    At the split, follow the road to the right and continue on University Drive
          5.    Turn right onto N. Guadalupe Street
          6.    At three-way stop, turn left onto Woods Street
          7.    Take the first right onto Talbot St. and proceed one block to the stop sign.
          8.    At the stop sign, turn right and proceed approximately 100 ft.
          9.    Take a left to enter Alkek Garage. Stay to the right of the guard booth to enter.
          10.    Tell the guard at the booth that you're here to visit The Wittliff. The guard will direct you to one of our reserved spots.
      After you park, follow the signs and walk up the long ramp to Alkek Library. The library entrance will be on the left. Take the elevator to the seventh floor.

    Additional Information

    University Parking Services

    If you have questions, University Parking Services are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 512.245.2887.

    Campus Map

    View the campus map for a detailed view of streets, garages, and buildings.

  • We offer guided tours for groups of 10 or more people. These tours open up the stories within the collections and can be customized for any kind of group, from families and community groups to elementary school students or college classes. If you’re a professor — at Texas State or another university — we are happy to focus a tour on your topic. Just let us know what you would like to see.

    School groups, please read our K-12 information before requesting a tour.

  • Welcome! We’re excited for your group to experience The Wittliff. Nurturing the next generation of museum-goers is important to us — thank you for the opportunity.

    Please go over our behavior guidelines with your group before you arrive at The Wittliff. These guidelines will help your group know what to expect here while keeping people and archives comfortable.


    Plan to have one adult chaperone for every 15 students in your group; you may prefer more supervision for younger groups. Note that special arrangements are necessary for groups of more than 40 — call us in advance at 512.245.2313.

    Keep in mind that as part of a college-level educational institution, we do not censor the work in our exhibitions — some materials may be challenging to younger visitors. If you have any concern about the appropriateness of our exhibitions for your group, please call ahead to speak to one of our curators: 512.245.2313.



    Consider spending more time on the Texas State University campus while visiting The Wittliff. The Welcome Center offers campus tours along with other local info and resources. Contact the Welcome Center ahead of your visit to make a plan: 512.245.8871 or


  • Texas State aims to be an inclusive community by addressing common accessibility concerns.

    If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact 512.245.2313 or at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

    Texas State University is a tobacco-free campus.

  • To research at The Wittliff Collections please make an appointment.