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5 must-see summer museum exhibits in San Antonio

Explore the Alamo City’s world of art this summer

SATXtoday: Briscoe Western Art Museum Survival of the Fittest

Browse through works of art depicting wildlife in natural habitats at the Briscoe Western Art Museum’s newest exhibit, “Survival of the Fittest” running through September 8.

Photo by SATXtoday team

Add this to your San Antonio summer bucket list. While bathing in the sun can be fun, summers in the Alamo City can be unforgiving. Journey indoors to enjoy the newest cultural experiences and the air conditioning in our city’s museums.

Here are five art exhibits to check out this summer.

“She Is / Ella Es” — Luminaria

Dates: Friday, June 7-Friday, June 28

The newest free pop-up art exhibition was curated by Andrea V. Rivas, the show features 14 local women artists, including Ashley Perez and Kim Bishop. The art brings the power of women’s unfolding stories to the light.

“Survival of the Fittest” — The Briscoe Western Art Museum

SATXtoday: Rungius Morning Mist

Carl Rungius (Germany, 1869 – 1959), Morning Mist (Harlow Triptych), c. 1930. Oil on canvas. 47 x 79 1/2 inches. JKM Collection®, National Museum of Wildlife Art. © Estate of Carl Rungius

Courtesy of JKM Collection at National Museum of Wildlife Art

Dates: Friday, June 14-Sept. 28

Explore the wildness in the middle of downtown. This exhibition features 45 pieces of art created by an influential group of painters known as the Big Four: Carl Rungius, Richard Friese, Wilhelm Kuhnertand, and Bruno Liljefors. These artists depicted a vision of wildlife + wilderness that is still thriving today.

“Sharks” — The Witte Museum

SATXtoday: Sharks at the Witte Museum

Explore the world of sharks through interactive exhibits with your family at the Witte Museum this summer.

Courtesy of The Witte

Dates: Saturday, May 25-Sept. 2

Take a deep sea adventure this summer and submerge yourself in the world of sharks created by Australian Museum experts. Visitors will travel back in time to meet these ancient ancestors through interactive displays, touchable items, and real objects.

“Black Cowboys: An American Story,” The Witte Museum

SATXtoday: Witte Black Cowboys exhibit

Learn about the experiences of the Black Cowboy in Texas through an updated + redesigned exhibition featuring objects, photographs, and documents.

Photo by Kurtis Kronk

Dates: June 15-Feb. 9, 2025

Updated and redesigned, explore the lives and work of the Black men, women, and children (enslaved and free) who labored on Texas ranches and participated in cattle drives before the Civil War through the turn of the 20th century.

“Unsettled Eye” — Ruby City

Dates: Saturday, June 1- April 27, 2025

The photo-based exhibit includes familiar images, objects, and places that have been altered or re-contextualized to disrupt the viewer’s interpretations of their surroundings.

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