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Witte Museum: A Natural Science Center Everyone Should Experience
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Witte Museum: A Natural Science Center Everyone Should Experience

There are a ton of museums in San Antonio, a sprawling and bustling city in South-Central Texas. One of these is the Witte Museum, a natural science center unlike any other. If you’re stationed at JB San Antonio, this museum is a must-visit. If you’re a tourist, the same goes for you. No matter who you are or where you come from, this museum will knock your socks off and leave you wondering why you didn’t visit sooner.

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What’s So Great About the Witte Museum?

A better question would be, “What’s NOT great about it?” This museum has so much to offer that it’s almost overwhelming figuring out where to start! But we’ve got you covered.

What is this amazing museum?

It’s a history museum.
No, it’s a science museum.
Wrong! It’s a cultural museum.
Nuh-uh! It’s an event location.

Actually, it’s all this and more! The San Antonio Witte Museum is the premier South Texas museum for history, culture, science, community engagement, weddings, galas, birthdays… the list, quite literally, goes on and on.

Witte Museum Address
3801 Broadway St.
San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: 1 (210) 357-1900

Witte Museum Tickets & Military Discount

Already ready to dive in? Us, too! Here’s everything you need to know about Witte Museum prices and admission. If you’re a military member stationed on JB San Antonio close by, or a service member visiting from elsewhere, you can get a dollar off general adult admission prices with your DoD ID! If you’re a student, unfortunately, there’s not currently a Witte Museum student discount listed on their website.

  • Children 3 and under: FREE
  • Children 4 to 11: $10.00
  • Adults (12-64): $14.00
  • Seniors (65+): $13.00
  • Military (with ID): $13.00

You can purchase Witte Museum tickets right here – no online booking fee required!

Witte Museum Free Days

Looking for budget-friendly adventures? Though Witte Museum tickets are cheap, they offer a great weekly deal for everyone: FREE admission!

Is the Witte Museum free on Tuesdays? You heard correctly! On Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., admission is completely FREE for everyone. This offer happens every single week, and since the museum is open year-round, that means there are a lot of free adventures you can take part in!

Witte Museum Hours

The museum may be open year-round, but they’re not open 24/7. Check below for the hours of operation for the Witte Museum San Antonio.

  • Monday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

As with most museums, you can expect this one to be closed on many big holidays. On Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the third Monday in October, the museum will be closed for business.

To make the most of your time in the museum, we recommend going over the Witte Museum map before you arrive and planning your route, as there’s so much to do that you can easily and quickly get sidetracked.

Witte Museum Exhibits

The museum features special exhibits that aren’t available round the clock. If you’re lucky, you may catch special exhibits like Fiesta Vogue: Outfit of the Day (a look at San Antonio’s fashion scene), The Power of Poison (a look into Colombia’s poisonous flora and fauna), or James Ferdinand McCan: A Texas Artist Rediscovered (a look into artist McCan’s famous 20th-Century Texas paintings).

For permanent installations, there’s a bunch to explore and learn from.

The many in-depth, exciting exhibits here are just the beginning. The Witte Museum dinosaurs of the Naylor Family Dinosaur Gallery are a big draw for everyone interested in visiting. Here, you can jump back 110 million years into the past for a glimpse at animals of the Cretaceous Period.

There are also exhibits and galleries featuring South Texas Heritage, People of the Pecos, and Texas Wildlife.

Visit their exhibitions page to see what’s currently happening and explore some Witte Museum photos – just a glimpse of what you’ll see when you visit in person!

Witte Museum Events

Not only is the museum home to a ton of great exhibits, but there are also events happening year-round. The events change by the week, with a few staples happening weekly. For the most up-to-date event listings, you can visit their events page.

Recurring events include:

  • STEAM Sunday
  • Cocktails & Culture

Wanna host your own event? The museum makes it easy! Witte Museum private events are happening all the time. All you need to do is visit their website to rent a space. Follow this link to get a list of available events, approved caterers, and a quote for your event based on the space you’re interested in, date, and guest count.

Did you know you can even host a Witte Museum wedding? Their wedding spaces combine the best of indoor-outdoor options and beautiful, scenic, historic settings for your special day. Three different packages are available – ceremony + reception, reception only, and ceremony only – so you can cater everything to exactly what you need and nothing more.

Hotels Near Witte Museum

Making a whole day out of it? Maybe an entire weekend? Setting up a wedding? This is San Antonio, so there are tons of great hotels to stay at when you’re not exploring the wonders of this museum. Here are a few great options close by.

Omni La Mansion del Rio – 2.83 miles away
112 College St.
San Antonio, TX 78205

Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk – 2.95 miles away
105 S Saint Marys Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

Riverwalk Plaza – 3.08 miles away
100 Villita Street, Dwyer/Main Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205

La Quinta Inn & Suites – 4.09 miles away
850 Halm Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78216

San Antonio’s Must-See Museum

By now, we think you can probably figure out why the Witte Museum is a shining gem among other San Antonio museums. With so much to do and see, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to visit this museum, whether you’re stationed nearby or just passing through.

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