San Antonio’s Museums

Things to Do, Travel Tips — By laurajeanmoore on May 10, 2010 at 7:39 pm

The Alamo
Probably the most popular destination in San Antonio, the Alamo museum showcases nearly 300 years of Texas history, including extensive exhibits concerning the battle that took place on its very soil on March 6, 1836.

The Institute of Texan Cultures
Also called the National Museum of Texas, this museum “tells the stories of Texans.” From exhibits on small town Texas to a showcase of the more than 20 cultural groups that originally settled Texas, this is a great stop for learning about the history of the only state in the Union that was ever its own country.

The Museo Alameda
This museum was the first formal affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and is still the nation’s largest Latino museum. Twenty thousand square feet of exhibit space and eleven galleries showcase Latino American life with art, historical, and cultural exhibits. Admission is free; suggested donation.

San Antonio Children’s Museum
Perfect for kids ages 2 to 10, this museum has interactive exhibits that will delight and educate children for hours.

Steves Homestead
This museum is located in the King William Historic District and is an excellent example of an early Texas mansion. With multiple structures on the property, come and learn about the life of notable Texan Edward Steves, founder of the Steves Lumber Company.

Guenther House

Built in 1860, this historic house is the former home of Carl Hilmer Guenther, founder of Pioneer Flour Mills. Mill memorabilia is on display, and a restaurant serves breakfast and lunch. Admission is free.

San Antonio Museum of Art
Located right on the Riverwalk, this museum has extensive collections of American,  Asian, Contemporary, Latin American, and Oceanic Art. Rotating exhibits showcase themed collections from around the world, from psychedelic art to japanese prints.

McNay Art Museum
This museum was the first in Texas devoted exclusively to modern art. Their collection includes paintings from throughout the 19th and 20th century, as well as rotating exhibits of photography and sculpture.

Guinness World Records Museum
Known as a bit of tourist trap, this stop might still be just what you were looking for on a hot afternoon. Check out exhibits showcasing the weird and amazing from around the world.

Witte Museum
This eclectic museum has exhibits showcasing the historical, cultural, and natural history of South Texas. Permanent exhibits include dinosaur skeletons, cave drawings, and live animals. On the property are also exhibited several restored historic homes and the kid friendly H-E-B Science Treehouse.

Texas Transportation Museum
A little way outside of town you’ll find this volunteer museum where you can ride the rails of Texas. They have yearly events including a Ford Model T Show, Miliatry Vehicle Show, and holiday themed train rides. Come and learn about how Texans used to get around.

Buckhorn Saloon & Museum
Two blocks from the Alamo and one block from the Riverwalk, this San Antonio favorite serves up good food and showcases wildlife from around the world. Their newest addition is a Texas Ranger museum, housing hundreds of artifacts related to law enforcement in the state of Texas.

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