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“Make this one of the first things you do when visiting San Antonio”

Institute of Texan Cultures
Ranked #30 of 223 things to do in San Antonio
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Owner description: This museum is dedicated to the contributions of different ethnic groups in Texas.
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 inside. This is an amazing walk through Texas history and well represents all of the many cultures who found their way to Texas. I’m not sure why another reviewer thought there was a slant to the information, because we most certainly did not find that to be true. We learned so much about the different ethnic groups. Becky was very informative on the ways gourds were used, how food was prepared, and how the homes were built. She took her time explaining details and asked if we had questions. The movie played in the dome was just ok. Would have liked to see more of a timeline reprise of the different cultures/ethnicities who came to Texas. But it is a free movie, so it wouldn’t be fair of me to complain about that. Take your time going through each exhibit. There are many hands-on things in each exhibit so young children can participate. I highly encourage you to visit this Institute when you come to San Antonio. Make it one of the first things you do and you will get a real appreciation of San Antonio’s history.

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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.

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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 come here.

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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., ITC Communications

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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 years. On this day they were have crafts for children! Go when it is free and park on the street for .60 for 2 hours instead of 11.00 in their parking lot

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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

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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 like chuck wagon from the cattle drives, sharecroppers cabin, schoolhouse, log house, barn, fort. Four major areas are American Indian, Tejanos, African American and other (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish / Jewish / Czech / Hungarian / German, Wendish / Italian, Swiss, Japanese, Chinese, Polish / Belgian, Dutch, Green / French, Lebanese. There is a theatre, but I had to run back to the street to catch my tour bus on the hour as it was. Should really plan on two hours and get your $8 worth.

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