Street Address
409 East Fifth Street
Austin, TX 78701
Mailing Address
409 East 5th Street
Austin, TX 78701
phone: 512-472-1903
fax: 512-472-7102
Sunday, Wednesday - Saturday12 PM - 5 PM
Free. Donations Accepted.
Museum Type(s)
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Michael Hoinski, Education Curator
Jenna Cooper, Collections Manager


The O. Henry Museum offers a look into the life of William Sidney Porter in the Austin years leading up to his controversial prison term, after which he assumed the pen name O. Henry and set about transforming himself into the famed short story writer who authored such universal classics as "Gifts of the Magi," "The Ransom of Red Chief" and "The Cop and the Anthem."


The mission of the O. Henry Museum is to collect, preserve and interpret artifacts and archival materials relative to William Sidney Porter, the author otherwise known as O. Henry, for literary, educational, and historical purposes.


The O. Henry house was built in 1891. In 1934, the house was restored and moved to its current location at Brush Square in the heart of Austin's warehouse district. The museum features the Porter family furniture, personal artifacts and original manuscripts. The O. Henry Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic sites and has been designated as a Literary Landmark by the Library of Congress.

Artifacts Collections

  • Books; Documents
  • Objects; Manuscripts
  • Drawings
  • 1890 furnishings
  • O. Henry ephemera

Research Collections

  • Gilman Hall Collection
  • Unpublished manuscripts
  • Photographs

Educational Programs

  • Write by Night writing classes
  • Badgerdog book club for youth
  • Docent led tours for students and adults


O.Henry is a 1200 square foot 1890s historic home. Occupancy Capacity is 15 people. O.Henry Museum is located in Brush Square an one acre downtown park, near transit routes. Next to the museum is an adjoining courtyard available for staging tours and outside seating.


City of Austin Parks and Recreation Facility


Access: General Public, Students, Scholars

Appointment required: Yes


Quarterly newsletter, an annual report, brochures for special events and a year book of selected writings fro our book club.


Wheelchair Accessible



Your Next Literary Event

The courtyard next to the O.Henry Museum is available for literary events

Gift Shop

Special Event Rental