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San Antonio Museum of Art

200 West Jones Ave., San Antonio, TX 78215 (Downtown)
210 978 8100
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As featured in 3 days in San Antonio
Ranked #17 of 201 Attractions in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The San Antonio Museum of Art is housed in a historic brewery along the banks of the Museum Reach of the Riverwalk. SAMA offers important permanent... more » Owner description: The San Antonio Museum of Art is housed in a historic brewery along the banks of the Museum Reach of the Riverwalk. SAMA offers important permanent collections of Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities, Asian art, Latin American art, contemporary art and American paintings. The museum offers a variety of programs and a cafe. Our admission prices are: Members - free. Adults - $10 Seniors 65+ - $7 Students and Military (with ID) - $5 Children 12 and under - free. Our free hours every week are: Tuesdays from 4 - 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m.- noon « less
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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

First visit ever and the bonus was the Cone Sister's private collection of Matisse paintings and bronze sculptures. Very nice collection. Visited a lot of the museum's regular exhibits and I really enjoyed the American, Diego Rivera and Contemporary exhibits.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Everything from ancient Egypt (yes, they have mummies - at least the sarcophagus) to Eskimo art. Truly impressive for the variety. Huger Roman collection. Wish it had more impressionist and modern art but they do have one great Robert Henri (personal favorite). Interestingly, they also had really good local (?) art for sale at very reasonable prices...at least when I... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

Nice place to relax, know about different cultures. It's a place that you can easily go with all your family.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The current Matisse exhibit is just one more event offered by one of San Antonio's best venues. The SAMA is a treasure that San Antonio should be really proud of. Its permanent collections provide many hours of exhibit viewing. Staff is always pleasant, courteous, and helpful (Staff are always visible but I don't feel like I am being "watched".) Every... More

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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

My husband is a big fan of Matisse so we wanted to make sure that we stopped at the San Antonio Museum of Art to catch the temporary exhibit. We were both more familiar with his modern period of cut outs and such and there were none of those in this exhibit. With that said, however, it was an impressive... More

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Cool inside because temp was over 100 outside Museum was easy to get around in and see exhibits. Staff very helpful and free parking across the street.j

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The SAMA is a wonderful hidden gem in S.A. You could easily spend 2+ days exploring the multiple floors of antiquities, rarities and cultural art from around the world. You also have to take a stroll along the outdoor Mission Reach project that passes beside the Grotto and connects to the Pearl Brewery and various wonderful restaurants.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

My husband and I stopped in here on a Saturday because I have been pestering him to see the Matisse exhibit. Tip: if you are military, bring your ID for free regular museum admission. We did have to pay extra for Matisse but that was fine. I had no idea a museum of this quality and size existed in San... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Walked the River Walk to the museum, about a mile total from our hotel. Caught a river taxi ($5) back to the center of things after viewing the Matisse exhibit. It will be in San Antonio thru part of September. In addition to the Matisse exhibit lots of really interesting art. Recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I first visited SAMA during the International Museum Day and have been back twice since then. I am not an art critic or expert by any means, but I feel a sense of wonder when I visit. I not only appreciate the visual beauty of the different collections but I also become curious of the ancient people and artists who... More

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