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San Antonio Living Museums

 

Learn about San Antonio’s long and legendary history as well as its cultural contributions by visiting any of its many museums.

The Alamo

300 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205

.......................................................210-225-1391

www.thealamo.org 

Perhaps the most famous historical site in all of Texas, the Alamo is world-renowned as a symbol of heroic courage in the face of death and the struggle against oppression. Before it was launched into its current place in history, it was a simple Spanish mission run by missionaries and visited by many significant people throughout its time. Thousands of people each year visit the landmark where 189 defenders, including Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett, held out for 13 days against 4,000 troops in the centralist army of Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. Since this famous battle, it has not only become a symbol of Texas but also a symbol of American independence and fortitude. The chapel, one of the most photographed facades in the nation, and the Long Barracks are all that remain of the original fort. Walking tours of the site are available.

Briscoe Western Art Museum

210 W. Market St. San Antonio, TX 78205

........................................................210-299-4499

www.briscoemuseum.org 

The Briscoe Western Art Museum is San Antonio’s newest museum and aims to preserve and interpret the art, history and culture of the American West. Located along the San Antonio River Walk, the three-level museum holds nine galleries. Highlights include Pancho Villa’s saddle and an authentic chuck wagon.

The DoSeum

2800 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209

.......................................................210-212-4453

www.thedoseum.org 

This attraction, formerly the San Antonio Children’s Museum, is an interactive experience for all ages. With its new facility in 2015, the attraction boasts three two-story exhibit halls totaling 65,000 square feet. Children will learn 21st century problem-solving skills and creativity — two important cultural and educational concepts. Envisioned as a museum set in a park, the building is surrounded by meandering pathways that offer a sense of surprise, beautiful gardens that captivate the senses and shady places for families to relax or for school groups to unwind. Check the museum’s website for more details about its hours and admission.

Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio

12500 N.W. Military Highway San Antonio, TX 78231

.......................................................210-302-6807

www.hmmsa.org 

The goal of the Holocaust Memorial Museum is to not only honor the victims and survivors of the Holocaust; it aims to educate the community on the perils of prejudice and hatred. Guided tours are available to the public as well as school, community and church groups. The museum also holds an impressive collection of books and films. Call ahead or visit the website for holiday closures or to schedule a tour.

McNay Art Museum

6000 N. Braunfels Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209

......................................................210-824-5368

www.mcnayart.org 

The McNay Art Museum, roughly 5 miles from downtown San Antonio, opened its doors as Texas’ first museum of modern art in 1954. The museum boasts nearly 20,000 works that span from paintings and sculptures to photographs and include such artists as Vincent Van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keefe, Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock.

San Antonio Fire Museum

801 E. Houston St. San Antonio, TX 78205

.....................................................210-390-7236

www.sanantoniofiremuseum.org 

Minutes away from the Alamo, the San Antonio Fire Museum is in what was the old Central Fire Headquarters, Fire Station No. 1, built in 1938. This museum showcases antique fire apparatus, artifacts and photos that date to the mid-1800s. Kids will also enjoy a 1953 firetruck they can climb on and being able to dress up in replica firefighters’ gear.

San Antonio Museum of Art

200 W. Jones Ave. San Antonio, TX 78215

....................................................210-978-8100

www.samuseum.org 

Located on the Museum Reach of the River Walk, the San Antonio Museum of Art embodies history and cultures from around the globe. Not only does the San Antonio Museum of Art hold collections of Latin American, Asian and ancient Mediterranean art, it holds a noteworthy collection of contemporary art. Check the museum website for more details.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial of San Antonio

451 Jefferson St.

San Antonio, TX 78205 830-303-6858

www.vietnamveteransmemorialofsanantonio.com 

Centrally located in the city of San Antonio, the Veterans Memorial Plaza was designed to be a place where all could honor and pay tribute to veterans and fallen service members. The centerpiece of the plaza is a massive bronze sculpture, “Hill-881 South,” which portrays a Marine Corps radio operator helping a fallen comrade during the Khe Sanh hill fights of April-May 1967 during the Vietnam War. The memorial was made possible by the contributions privately given by more than 130,000 people.

The Witte Museum

3801 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209

.................................................210-357-1900

www.wittemuseum.org 

The Witte Museum is one of San Antonio’s most popular and was named a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate in 2014. Although it primarily focuses on history, culture and natural science, the museum boasts an amazing children’s exhibit, travel exhibit and early Texas art collection.

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