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 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."
Pun-Off World Championships
Once A-Pun a Time: 40 Jeers & Counting
This interactive exhibit celebrates the history of the O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships, the free annual wordplay competition considered the highest celebration of the lowest form of humor. The 40th Pun-Off occurs Saturday, May 13, 2017. Stay tuned to the museum Facebook page for more details.