San Antonio 's premiere museum of South Texas history, culture, and natural science.
Located in Brackenridge park. A wonderful place to spend the afternoon with the kids. Especially if the weather is not condusive to outdoor activities. Lots of hands on science exhibits for the kids to play with. They'll never know that they are learning as they laugh.
A visit to this museum makes for a nice half day outing for the whole family. It's principal focus is on Texas culture, history, and natural science. There are many hands-on activities for kids and most weekends have special interactive exhibits or activities.
Outside there are several original homes from the 1800's that have been relocated to the rear of the museum, as well as river/water related displays and the H.E.B. sponsored Science Treehouse. Again, there are lots of hands-on things for the kids, including a real two-storey treehouse. It's made of concrete but looks like the real thing.
The admission charge is: Adults, $7, kids 4-11 $5
Witte Museum is a wonderful place in which to spend an hour or two. It's a valuable tool for understanding Texas and it's people.
Once you leave the lobby, a giant dinosaur appears--bigger than life, as you ease by to begin your tour. My favorite exhibit examined the early inhabitants of Texas and their lifestyle. People have occupied this area for thousands of years, so many displays reflected those earlier time periods, complete with depictions of cave drawings. Another worthwhile exhibit described Texas' acquifer system and the region's geology.
'Wild and Vivid Land' was a special exhibit featuring a life-size longhorn steer, contents of a typical chuck wagon, simulated characters giving the history of various western traditions, several interactive displays and other informative facts about the state and the people who lived here. It cost extra to see this exhibit.
There are several historical homes on the grounds and a building geared towards children, meant to provide a stimulus for scientific discovery.
Hours are daily: Mon.-10am-5pm; Tues. 10am-8pm; Weds.-Sat.10am-5pm; Sun. 12noon-5pm. The museum is closed on the third Mon. of October, Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Admission is $7 for ages 12-64; $6 for seniors 65 and up; $5 for ages 4-11 and free for all children under 3.
Please see the additional photos:
Picture #2 John Twohigs home, a merchant and early Texas pioneer and patriot
Picture #3 Jose Ruiz 's home, San Antonio's first school master and a native born signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence
Picture #4 Celso Navarro's home, whose father was a native born signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence
Picture #5 Children's Scientific Treehouse
Created by San Antonio civic leaders, financed by an endowment by local businessman Alfred Witte, the Witte Museum opened its doors in 1926. This museum houses a diverse range of exhibits on the natural, cultural, and social history of Texas. A favorite with both adults and children, it's well worth a visit.
On the museum grounds, behind the main building, is a collection of historic buildings. These are former homes of early Texas citizens. Also, check out the H.E. Butt Treehouse, built on the San Antonio River. It offers a lot of knowledge about the river, as well as a nice view. Butt founded the local HEB grocery chain.
This is billed as a natural history museum but in fact has a little of everything in it. Nice stop if you are in the Brackenbridge park neighborhood but probably not worth a special trip for.