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The Best Museums in San Antonio

Best Museums in San Antonio


Get the scoop on the biggest and best museums in San Antonio. Everything from children's museums to historical and art museums are all included in this list, along with contact information for each.

The McNay

With arguably one of the most impressive collections of art in the entire state, the McNay is home to sculptures, paintings and other forms of art from many celebrated artists. The list of artists includes Henri Matisse, Peter Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O'Keefe and more. The collections include contemporary, 19th and 20th century artists with some exhibits permanent while others are temporary. The museum underwent an extensive facelift and expansion and had its grand re-opening in August of 2008.

Location: 6000 North New Braunfels, (210) 824-5368

San Antonio Children's Museum

An entire day of fun awaits your children when you take them to the Children's Museum. Permanent exhibits include Reading Adventures, the Tooth Booth, the Texas Treasures Cave and Wild Texas Spring, H20 Heroes Clubhouse and more. They will even host birthday parties for a fee. Sound like fun even for grown ups? It may be but make sure you bring the kids, as adults are not granted admission without a child.

Location: 305 E. Houston St., (210) 212-4453

Institute of Texan Cultures

Run by UTSA, the Institute of Texan Cultures features several exhibits that trace the history of the area back to its roots, which includes Mexican, Spanish, German, Irish and other diverse cultural backgrounds.

Location: 801 South Bowie St., (210) 458-2330

San Antonio Art League Museum

A great showcase for local artists, the SAALM is home to permanent exhibits, many of which express the history of the area. The featured exhibit is a series of Texas wildflower competition portraits from the 1920s, when San Antonio was first establishing itself as more than a cow town

Location: 130 King William St., (210) 223-1140

San Antonio Museum of Art

The San Antonio Museum of Art (also known locally as SAMA)houses one of the best collections of art in all of South Texas. Permanent collections include Greek, Spanish, Asian and Latin works of art. There are also traveling exhibits that are only open for a limited time, so go back often so you don't miss anything!

Location: 200 West Jones Avenue, (210) 978-8136

Witte Museum

The Witte is home to many cultural exhibits for adults, but kids get in on the fun too with the HEB Science Treehouse (which is actually fun for the adults, too). There is also a 'backyard' area with several examples of log houses and cabins that past Texans used to call home.

Location: 3801 Broadway, (210) 357-1900

Museo Alameda- the official Texas State Latino Museum

Not only is the Museo Alameda the official Texas State Latino Museum, but it was also the first-ever Smithsonian Museum affiliate outside of Washington D.C. Starting out as a movie palace and then as a symbol of Mexican and Anglo American unity, it today has turned into an entire cultural center that is a must-see for visitors and natives alike.

Location: 101 S. Santa Rosa, (210) 299-4300

Buckhorn Saloon and Museum

The Buckhorn is actually five museums in one, featuring Horns, Fins, Feathers, The Hall of Texas History Wax Museum, and several temporary and special exhibits throughout the year. Be sure to stop by the saloon (which is actually a cafe) for refreshments and visit "The Worlds Oddest Store," which is exactly what it sounds like.

Location: 318 E. Houston Street, (210) 247-4000

Plaza Wax Museum

Arguably the most unique of all of the local museums, the Plaza Wax Museum also features the Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum as well. The double attractions hosts birthday parties, private events and lock-ins as well.

Location: 301 Alamo Plaza, (210) 224-9299

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