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Institute of Texan Cultures

801 E Cesar E Chavez Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78205-3296
+1 210-458-2300
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This museum is dedicated to the contributions of different ethnic groups in Texas.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good31%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“texas history” (41 reviews)
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801 E Cesar E Chavez Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78205-3296
+1 210-458-2300
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum offers a panoramic view of the may groups that settled Texas. The slide show projected on the domed ceiling was particularly interesting and well done. The various exhibits are dense with information, kids could get restless while adults dive into the details.

Thank Pamela J
Reviewed 26 October 2017

This is so under rated and I can't understand why. So very interesting. Were can you see and learn about 26 different cultures under one roof. Look for your own nationality and be surprised by what you see and learn. So many are represented here....More

Thank Dolores W
Reviewed 17 October 2017

This is one of the better yet under appreciated attractions in the city and certainly one of my favorite museums. Housed in a very uniquely shaped structure, the institute has been around almost 50 years. I used to visit as a child but was always...More

Thank Stephanlee1
Reviewed 11 October 2017

I am learning that I do not care much for the guided tours here. The guides seem to start history with the arrival of Europeans on the scene. After standing around for half an hour watching an old white man trying to start a fire...More

1  Thank Wilbert Q
Reviewed 8 October 2017

We visited the Institute of Texan Cultures on an afternoon and were so surprised to find only 2 other couples in the entire place. We used a $3 off per person coupon, but admission was still well below the value of what you will find...More

1  Thank Rebe79
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

This place is awesome for couples,families and kids alike. Super educational, tons of artifacts, and “feel free to touch” spots in each area.

Thank Desiree R
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

We are here watching the Tibetan Monks working on sand art. This is really awesome. They even have an area where they allow you to try it using the same tools the monks use. Again, always a learning experience for young and old when we...More

Thank Texas1Lady
James B, Public Relations Manager at Institute of Texan Cultures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

The reviewer is referring to a limited engagement, which took place Sept. 28 - Oct. 1, 2017; a visit from the monks of Deprung Loseling Monastery, to prepare a sand mandala, and lead a variety of activities including a "community mandala" exercise. - James B.,...More

Reviewed 30 September 2017

Visited here on FREE MUSEUM DAY 08/23/2017. Lots of exhibits on the different cultures in Texas. An added bonus was the live performance of Eve Ybarra a recent Endowment for The ARTs award winner. Eva is an accordion player who has performed for over 50...More

Thank Dolores D
James B, Public Relations Manager at Institute of Texan Cultures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

This was actually 9/23, Smithsonian Magazine's "Museum Day Live," a free admit-two with a coupon from Smithsonian Magazine. The institute also hosts a monthly Free Second Sunday, featuring various family programs. - James B., ITC Communications

Reviewed 19 September 2017

Institute of Texas Cultures – This museum is in the back of the HemisFair plaza from the 1968 World’s (Hemis)Fair. Walk through the green arches and across the parking lot to the one level museum showing the different cultures that founded San Antonio. Interpretive areas...More

Thank Sightsee_Eat
Reviewed 18 September 2017

Clearly all about Texas. They have some pretty cool exhibits that come and go, employees are very friendly, and usually not a crowd. No use to take a tour. just go walk around. Plenty of information to read, and lots of relatively interactive exhibits inside...More

1  Thank Samuel K
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21 July 2016|
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Response from johnnypantoja | Reviewed this property |
The address is: Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 East César E. Chávez Boulevard, San Antonio, TX 78205. The museum is located right off of the highway, and there is usually plenty of parking along Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard... More
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8 July 2016|
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Response from James B | Property representative |
Every summer, the institute participates in the Blue Star Museums program, which is a free admission for active duty military and their families, Memorial Day to Labor Day. Free Second Sunday is suspended in June, but picks... More
6 March 2015|
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Response from James B | Property representative |
According to our exhibit researchers, Los Tejanos will go back to years before the the arrival of the Spanish. One of the things the new exhibit will discuss is the Mestizo. In fact, identity and mixed cultural heritage are... More