Here, in this modern building, is an extensive collection of memorabilia that illustrates the history of all the major cultures that have contributed to Texas. That includes not only Mexican, German, and Afro-American, but also Chinese, Italian, Polish, Czech, Norwegian, Swedish, Russian, Greek, Jewish, and many more. There is also a display on the indigenous Indian cultures.
While touring downtown, this should be on your list of places to visit. Check the website for information on the Texas Folklife Festival, held here each summer.
An educational center/museum dedicated to enhancing the understanding of the many cultures and history of Texas. Worth a visit if you are interested in local history. Close to Riverwalk.
- Exhibit Hall - Is 50,000 sq ft. and has permanent exhibits on ethnic & cultural groups in Texas.
- Digital Storytelling Tours
- Back 40 - Behind the institute life is re-created of the early Texans in historical settings.
- Library - the institure collects books focusing on ethnic heritage and culture.
Tuesdays - Saturdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sundays - 12-5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays, New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas eve and Christmas Day.
Adults - $7, children $4, Seniors (over 64) and military $4
Excellent museum depicting the various cultures that came together to make what today we call Texas :). It's a really interesting museum with pictures, documentaries, information, and more. If you are into ethnic studies, multicultural studies, or are just interesting in people this is the place to go. The museum is run by the University of Texas at San Antonio and as such UTSA students get in for free (if you take your student tag you can even park for free). Regardless, this place its worth the money!
The Institute of Texas Cultures and the International Festival.
The permanent museum has informative displays on the cultures that help to build Texas. the once a year festival, typically held in June, is a feast for the the eyes, ears and especially taste buds. Taste Turkish delight, Wendish noodles, Salvadorian Horchata while listing to an Irish folk singer. The festival is a great reason to visit San Antonio.
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This museum is dedicated to documenting the different immigrants and cultures that influenced Texas.