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Austin’s Only Natural History Museum Nearly Went Extinct. Now It’s Back and Better Than Ever.Walk toward the marble front steps of the building formerly known as the Texas Memorial Museum, and you’ll be greeted by a saber-toothed cat perched on a rock. Its jaws open around scimitar fangs, and its shoulders are half-hunched, as if the fearsome feline is contemplating a pounce. Inside the 38,000-square-foot, Art Deco–influenced museum, which sits just off Trinity Street on the University of Texas at Austin campus, a huge sea lizard dives amid glass-walled displays of Permian amphibians and Pleistocene ground sloths. Even the echoing entrance hall lies beneath the skeletal shadow of enormous pterosaur wings. This 86-year-old building has long been a public repository for many of the state’s most spectacular vanished creatures. Despite the natural riches on display, the museum was perennially underfunded…

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