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Institute of Texan Cultures

801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78205 (Downtown)
210 458 2300
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Ranked #23 of 190 attractions in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: This museum is dedicated to the contributions of different ethnic groups in Texas.
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San Antonio, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
26 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Texas is not just cowboys and Indians. It is comprised of immigrants from all over the world. If you are a history buff or like to learn about other cultures this is the place for you.

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bedford
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Interesting look at the multicultural history of Texas. A far cry from the Texas ranger and cowboy popular culture picture.

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Marseilles, Illinois
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to learn about so many various cultures that helped found Texas, much more than I ever realized! My husband was thrilled to learn that one of the 1st Norwegian settlers was one who came from our area in Illinois as this is his heritage.It is so nice to see how well this history has been... More

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Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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68 reviews 68 reviews
27 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Spent a couple of hours here. I love going to places that I can learn about local history. I was very surprising how many nationalities settled in Texas. Some people were treated very poorly when they came to the state. Apparently prejudice is not something new in Texas. The Institute covered it thoroughly warts and all. Definitely a must see... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We took our kids on a free day during spring break. It was an awesome showcase of all texan cultures. The kids area was nice but an understanding of travel concepts would be helpful (maybe 6 years and up?) My 3 yr old just liked getting the travel stamps. They also had an outdoor exhibit which was really neat. I... More

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James B, Public Relations Manager at Institute of Texan Cultures, responded to this review

A few points of clarifications: Spring Break 2014 was March 10-14. The reviewer mentioned a kids; area and travel stamps. This refers to the "Why We Came" interactive immigration experience, which concluded March 16, 2014. The reviewer's reference to an outdoor exhibit is the museum's "Back 40" area, featuring 1800s period structures. This area is open seasonally (for Spring Break)... More

Dallas, Texas
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79 reviews 79 reviews
57 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

It was not very expensive but there is a lot of history of the different ethnic groups that have settled here. Told different stories of the different families in each culture and their reason in coming to Texas. A good idea to wear good walking shoes because it is quite a walk from The Alamo

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

I appreciate the Institute of Texan Cultures far more than the Alamo. There is so much history and culture of all kinds captured at this site. It's a great educational stop for history buffs, kids or those who just want to learn more about the diversity of Texan history. Having said that I'm not typically one to stop in museums,... More

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James B, Public Relations Manager at Institute of Texan Cultures, responded to this review

Note, the reviewer identifies the museum's Texas Folklife Festival as a three-day event. In 2014, the format will be changing to a 2-day event. Folklife is typically held the second weekend in June, but will be June 7 and 8, 2014, so as not to conflict with Fathers' Day. - James B., ITC Communications More

houstonburbs
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202 reviews 202 reviews
23 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Still a great place to visit after all of the years since Hemisfair. Still lots to see and learn. We did not attend the cultural round-up in the spring, but there is a festival in the late spring/early summer that is very educational. We just visited to see some of the exhibits that are open year round. Great for school... More

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James B, Public Relations Manager at Institute of Texan Cultures, responded to this review

The reviewer refers to a "cultural roundup in the spring" and again in "late spring/early summer." The Institute of Texan Cultures' two signature events are our Asian Festival (following the Lunar New Year) and Texas Folklife Festival the second weekend of June. Each event features a large number of participant organizations representing their cultures through authentic food, music, dance and... More

Honolulu, Hawaii
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150 reviews 150 reviews
129 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

This is inside Hemisfair Park. There is parking right outside the building. It opens a little earlier than the rest of the sites there. It is interesting to see all the different cultures that make up Texas, but after a while it gets a little tiring seeing it all and you just start skimming through it all. There is also... More

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James B, Public Relations Manager at Institute of Texan Cultures, responded to this review

Note, the reviewer talks about "...a really cool area that is like a game and shows you how difficult it is to become an American citizen." This is the "Why We Came: The Immigration Experience" exhibit, scheduled to close March 16, 2014. - James B., ITCCommunications More

Dallas, Texas
Top Contributor
207 reviews 207 reviews
75 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

The Institute of Texan cultures has exhibits on many of the immigrant groups that settled Texas, as well as the Native American groups that were here before them, some for thousands of years. There was a wide range of cultures represented, with varying depth. For some of the groups, there was a lot of written material with little in the... More

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