Southwester Writers Collection & Wittliff Gallery Tour Guidelines

We look forward to having your group tour the Collections. In the interest of cultivating the museum goers of tomorrow, we are committed to providing students of all ages a satisfying experience viewing our art and exhibits. We also hope to offer young visitors guidance on how to conduct themselves in a museum environment—to help them feel comfortable and informed, and to get the most from their tour.

Please provide adequate supervision.  Make sure your group has enough adult chaperones, especially for younger students. Note that special arrangements are necessary for groups of more than 40—please call us in advance at 512-245-2313.

Keep in mind, as part of a college-level educational institution, we do not censor the work of our photographers, artists, and writers—if you have any concern about the appropriate-ness of our exhibits for your age group, please call ahead and speak to the curators.
For a successful visit, please review the following with your group BEFORE arrival:

1    Look, don’t touch.  Our mission is to preserve all of our objects for future generations to enjoy, and touching runs the risk of damaging them with the natural oils on your skin or, worse, breaking them. Walk mindfully through the exhibits. Be careful not to bump the photographs or other art objects, and avoid touching the glass exhibit cases.

2    Discard food and drinks at the door.  Because they can also damage art, books, and materials, food and drinks are not allowed in the library or near the exhibits.

3    Use your “library voice.”  The SWWC and WG are quiet places of contemplation, study, and research, and although we appreciate enthusiastic responses to the exhibits, we ask that visitors keep their voices low whenever possible.

4    Practice courteous cell phone use.   Cell phones disrupt other visitors, students, and researchers—please set phones to vibrate while in the library. If you must make or take a call, ask a staff member for direction on the best place to do so.

5    Please, no photography.  All of the photographic prints and materials on exhibit are copyrighted by the artists and authors. Additionally, flash photography damages these light-sensitive materials. Do not photograph or videotape in any way without prior approval from the archivists or curators.

6    Ask questions.  See something in an exhibit you would like to know more about? Curious about what else we do or have here at the SWWC and WG? Ask a staff member, or e-mail us after your visit.

7    Take home a souvenir. The stacks of cards, calendars, and other publications in the foyer and reading room are free—please take one of whatever interests you.
If you would like numerous copies to share with friends or colleagues, arrangements can be made—just ask a staff member.

8    Consider making a donation.  Unlike many other museums, we do not charge admission, so every dollar in the donation box is important in supporting our exhibits and publications. Your contribution is appreciated, no matter how small.

9    Tell us what you think.  We’re very interested in the comments of our visitors. Leave us a short note in our Guest Pages while you’re here, or send us your thoughts in an e-mail after your visit.

10    Spread the word.  If you enjoyed your visit to the SWWC and WG, may we ask that you tell two friends? Word of mouth is our best advertisement, and we’re always grateful when someone new discovers us.

Thank you!  Please come back and visit us again. Check the online calendar often for new exhibits, events, and programs.