Museums and Galleries
McNay Art Museum – Originally housed in an expansive Mediterranean mansion featuring tiled floors and a Moorish-style courtyard, the McNay now has an addition that expands exhibition space and maximizes the use and quality of light through an innovative roof system. It's a great boon to the museum's collection, which focuses on 19th and 20th century American and European works; representative artists include Hopper, Gauguin, and Picasso. Other highlights include stage and costume design, modern statuary, and medieval art, not to mention first-rate traveling exhibits.
6000 N New Braunfels St.
210 824 5368
San Antonio Museum of Art - Housed in the historic 1884 Lone Star Brewery, this complex is one of the largest museums in the Southwest. It's particularly recognized for its fine displays of Greek and Roman antiquities, Asian art, Latin American art, American and European paintings, and decorative arts. The museum is also home to the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art, the nation's only center dedicated to the exhibition and study of works in this genre.
200 W Jones Ave.
210 978 8100
Institute of Texan Cultures – Learn about Texas's twenty-seven ethnic and cultural groups in an engaging, hands-on fashion. Permanent exhibits are housed inside; behind the building, a number of historic structures offer more immediate glimpses of the past.
801 S. Bowie St.
210 458 2330
Museo Alameda – Has the distinction of being the first Smithsonian-affiliated museum outside of Washington, D.C. The Alameda tells stories of the Latin experience in the United States with rotating artistic, cultural, and historic exhibits. A giant sound and light installation called "Luminaria" dominates the entrance.
101 S Santa Rosa St.
210 299 4300
Buckhorn Saloon & Museum – An eclectic mix of collections, the saloon includes a bar made of cherry and walnut carved in 1890. There’s also an extensive wildlife and horn collection, three floors of furniture crafted from horns and antlers, and a collection of "Rattlesnake Art." In the furniture collection, don't miss the gift to Teddy Roosevelt, a chair made out of sixty-two buffalo horns. In addition to these attractions, the Buckhorn includes the Texas History Wax Museum and live performances by gunslingers, cowboy singers, and trick ropers.
318 E Houston
210 247 4000
The Texas Ranger Museum - Established in 2006, The Texas Ranger Museum houses hundreds of Texas Ranger artifacts including revolvers, automatic handguns, sawed off shotguns, badges, photographs and much more. The highlight of the Texas Ranger Museum is Ranger Town, a recreation of San Antonio at the turn of the century. Explore this western town complete with a replica Buckhorn Saloon, a working jail cell, blacksmith shop, newspaper and telegraph office. Ranger Town is also home to the Bonnie and Clyde exhibit - complete with a vintage ‘34 Ford V8 Deluxe, the couple’s famous getaway car.
318 E. Houston Street
888 766 4055
Spanish Governor’s Palace - Constructed in 1722, this adobe structure is a rare Texas example of an early Spanish aristocrat’s home. It didn't officially serve as a palace, but it was used as government offices during the 18th century. The building has been restored and is now filled with period furnishings and artifacts.
105 Military Plaza
210 224 0601
Memorial Hall Museum – Get a glimpse of the lives and activities of Texas's earliest settlers and residents. Within the facility, three rooms showcase the history, lore, and artifacts of the most prominent of these past figures including 19th century trail drivers, Texas pioneers, and Texas Rangers.
3805 Broadway St.
210 822 9011
El Sol Studios - Located in the Southtown/ King William Historic neighborhood area, El Sol Studios' hand-crafted art and jewelry has an inspiring beauty that draws from a variety of influences including Latino-chic, Mexican folk and Pop art.
936 South Alamo
210 226 9700
Garcia Art Glass - Specializes in the creation of one-of-a-kind blown glass lighting and sculpture, including tablescapes and art for the wall.
123 Losoya St.
210 233 1400
Joan Grona Gallery - Located in the nationally known Blue Star Arts Complex, Grona Gallery represents local, national, and international artists. The collection includes a broad range of innovative, original art works by established and emerging artists including paintings, sculpture, photography, installation and works on paper.
112 Blue Star
210 225 6334
The Witte Museum - The Witte Museum is San Antonio's premier museum of South Texas history, culture, and natural science. Established in 1926 under the charter of the San Antonio Museum Association, the Witte is located adjacent to Brackenridge Park in Midtown San Antonio on the banks of the San Antonio River. The permanent collection features historic artifacts and photographs (including saddles, spurs and firearms) , Texas art, textiles, the world-renowned Hertzberg Circus Collection, dinosaur bones, cave drawings, Texas wildlife dioramas and the four-story H-E-B Science Treehouse; in addition to nationally acclaimed traveling exhibits.
210 357 1900
San Antonio Missions National Historic Park - The Mission Trail is a great walking, biking or driving experience. Explore centuries of the history and culture when you visit the five missions of San Antonio: Mission San Antonio de Valero or more commonly known as the Alamo, Mission Concepción, Mission San José, Mission San Juan Capistrano and Mission San Francisco de la Espada. There is no admission fee at any of the missions, however, donations are accepted. The San Antonio Mission Trail, which begins at the Alamo, winds southward along a nine-mile stretch of the San Antonio River.
2202 Roosevelt Avenue
210 534 8833
Villa del Carmen Sculpture Conservatory (Sculptors Dominion International) - Centrally located, Sculptors Dominion International, Inc. exhibitis 100 multinational outdoor large scale sculptures year round on a 6 acre property. This sculpture garden is available for group or private tours and field trips by appointment. As a proud official Fiesta event, SDI Inc. welcomes the general public for tours. Please check the website for event hours. Each April, SDI holds an annual "invitational" marking the beginning of another art season.
11814 Vance Jackson Road
210 413 0498
Blue Star Arts Complex - Now in its twenty-eighth year, Blue Star continues to be an incubator for contemporary art in San Antonio, hosting over twenty exhibitions each year within its four on-site galleries and multiple offsite locations within the community. These exhibitions feature both emerging and world-renowned artists who hail both from the Alamo City and across the globe. Over 300,000 visitors each year experience contemporary art at Blue Star through exhibitions, the MOSAIC after-school education program, and community events, which is why we at Blue Star stand firm in our commitment to inspire the creative genius in us all.
116 Blue Star
San Antonio, TX 78204
San Antonio Museum for Kids: The DoSeum – Opening June 2015! The DoSeum will be comprised of a series of three, two-story exhibit halls totaling 65,000 sq ft. Glass facades will create daylight-flooded transitional spaces that connect visitors to the additional outdoor exhibit yards.
San Antonio, TX 78209