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17 museums in San Antonio

Whether you’re a history buff, art aficionado, or sports fan, these 17 museums in San Antonio have it all.

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Check out the Witte’s exhibit Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family, open through Monday, September 4.

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Museums are the cultural hubs of San Antonio. Whether you’re looking to learn something new about the 210 or plotting a way to spend your Saturday afternoon, here are 16 museums to visit in our city.

Culture

UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd. | $12
Opened during the 1968 World’s Fair, this museum gives a voice to the experiences of people from across the globe who call Texas home through exhibits, public outreach, special events, and workshops.

San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum, 218 S. Presa St. | Free
This institution has collected, preserved, and shared the cultural heritage of African Americans in the San Antonio region since July 2017.

Don’t miss: Their growing digital collection in collaboration with Texas A&M San Antonio.

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Potential exhibit space at SAAACAM’s new cultural center.

Courtesy of Overland Partners

History

Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio, 12500 N.W. Military Hwy. | $1-$3
Located inside the Jewish Community Center on the Northwest side, this museum explains the history of the Holocaust through docent-led tours, films, and survivor testimonies.

Spanish Governor’s Palace, 105 Plaza de Armas | $0-$5
Built the early 18th century (then restored in the 1930s), this palace represents the remnants of a Spanish mission, called Presidio San Antonio de Béjar. Originally a comandancia — residence and working office — for the captains of the military garrison from 1722 until the early 1800s, it’s now a Texas history museum focusing on the Spanish era.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, 6701 San Jose Dr. | Free
This National Park Service and UNESCO World Heritage Site embodies nearly 300 years of rich history + culture and features four separate missions: Mission San José, Mission Concepción, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada.

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San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Texas

Photo by NPS

Texas Transportation Museum, 11731 Wetmore Rd. | $6-$10
The volunteer-led museum exhibits railroad equipment, cars, model railroads, and objects from the past 50 years.

San Antonio Fire Museum, 801 E. Houston St. | $0-$5
Considered one of San Antonio’s hidden gems, this museum is located at the city’s original Central Fire Headquarters (ran by San Antonio Fire Museum Society). It preserves San Antonio’s deep firefighting history, displaying antique fire trucks and equipment, objects dating back to the mid-1800s, and archived documents + photos.

The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza | Free
Originally established as Mission San Antonio de Valero in 1718, this site explores over 300 years of history and is widely known as the site of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo.

Don’t miss: The “Return of the Travis Letter” inside Ralston Family Collections Center.

Capture of the Alamo on a cloudy day.

Fun fact — the “Alamo” is thought to have been named after a cottonwood tree.

Music

TextPop San Antonio, 1017 E. Mulberry Ave. | By appointment
This museum was created in 2012 by Margaret Moser to preserve and document San Antonio and South Texas music, art + pop culture from the 1950s through the 1980s. Come see exhibited vintage posters and live music memorabilia.

Arts

Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market St. | $0-$14
Housed inside the building of San Antonio’s original public library (can still be found on the first floor), the museum opened its doors in 2003. Through the preservation of the art, history, and culture of the American West, the museum inspires + educates through exhibitions, educational programs, and public events.

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Come see the rotating exhibits at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.

Photo by SATXtoday team

Centro de Artes, 101 S. Santa Rosa Ave. | Free
The two-story exhibit tells the story of the Latino experience in the US (focusing on South Texas) through local + regional art, history and culture, and showcasing Latino artists and Latino-themed artworks.

Don’t miss: The newest two exhibits “Millennial Lotería: The LatinXperience” and " Permanencia Voluntaria” which run through Sunday, June 30.

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From SA to SA with art by San Antonian Francisco Cortez.

Photo by SATXtoday Team

Hopscotch San Antonio, 711 Navarro St., Suite 100 | $15-$24
San Antonio’s immersive and experiential art gallery brings together artists in collaborative environments to create unique, impactful, and distinct shared experiences.

Don’t miss: The newest exhibit “Wabi Sabi Series” by TREBLA artist Albert Gonzales.

McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave. | $0-$20
Through the bequest of founder Marion Koogler McNay, this museum (located inside a mansion) officially opened its doors in 1956 and currently has over 22,000 works of art, ranging from Medieval and Renaissance to blown glass and more.

Don’t miss: The newest exhibit “de la Torre Brothers: Upward Mobility” coming Friday, March 1 through September 15, 2024.

Ruby City, 150 Camp St. | Free
Brain child of art collector Linda Pace, the contemporary art center provides a space for the city’s creative community to experience art by both local + internationally-acclaimed artists. Ruby City turns one in October and will celebrate with two new installations from its permanent collection and community programs.

San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. | $0-$20
Opened in 1926 at the old Lone Star Brewery complex, this art museum collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets art from different historical periods + world cultures.

Pro tip: The museum offers free admission to Bexar County residents every Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m.

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Jeffrey Gibson (Choctaw/Cherokee, born 1972), “The Anthropophagic Effect, Garment no. 2,” 2019, Canvas, cotton, vinyl, brass grommets, nylon thread, artificial sinew, dried pear gourds, copper jingles, glass and plastic beads, nylon ribbon, 58 × 72 in. (147.3 × 182.9 cm), Purchased with the Brown Foundation Contemporary Art Acquisition Fund, 2020.10, © Jeffrey Gibson

Photo by San Antonio Museum of Art

Kids

Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway | $0-$15

Since 1926, this 10-acre campus has been inspiring people through relevant and experiences in nature, science and culture. Even though the museum primarily engages K-12 students, all are welcomed to experience its 320,000 artifacts and specimens.

Don’t miss: Enjoy free museum admission every Tuesday from 3-6 p.m.

The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway | $0-$16

This museum offers interactive fun and hands-on learning through exhibits, programs, camps, classes, and field trips designed for all learners. They also encourage young minds to explore the joy of learning through STEM, the arts, and literacy.

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Learn, explore, and create at the DoSeum.

Photo by The DoSeum

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