All major cities have museums, but not every city has such an eclectic extent of museums as San Antonio. San Antonio is home to the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum, Museo Alameda and the San Antonio Museum of Art, among many others.
The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum displays 128 years of history in exotic collections that feature oddities like a two-headed calf and a lamb with eight legs as well as an authentic shooting gallery. Located two blocks from the Alamo and 50 feet from the River Walk, this museum is about as Texas as you can get.
The Museo Alameda sits on the historic Market Square and combines art and culture to describe the Latino experience in America through live performances, exhibitions and educational programs. The fact that the Museo Alameda was the first organization in the nation to sign an affiliation agreement with the Smithsonian Institute shows the importance of the museum and that partnership allows visitors to San Antonio the chance to see popular exhibits that otherwise might not make it to the area.
The San Antonio Museum of Art’s diverse permanent collections include Asian, Latin American, European, American, Oceanic, Contemporary and Western Antiquities collections. The museum itself is located in the historic Lone Star Brewery originally built in 1884. When the brewery buildings were purchased in the 1970s, a $7.3 million renovation created one of the most well-known museums in the nation. Visitor’s to the museum have an opportunity to view one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of ancient Egyptian, Near Eastern, Greek and Roman art in the southern United States; Stone, ceramic and metal objects from the Olmec of Mesoamerica and Chavin of the Andean region and works by pioneering abstract artists of the 20th century, among many other pieces. The museum conducts a wide range of informational guided tours and offers educational programs including lectures, concerts, films, children’s workshops, scholarly symposia, family art activities and special exhibitions. The San Antonio Museum of Art also provides the Gloria Galt River Landing at the River Walk’s riverfront with a shaded pavilion, walkway and terrace along the museum’s north side.