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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 #21 of 200 Attractions in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

It was ok. Toured the whole place in about a half hour. Would not go back. My husband probably enjoyed more then me he likes to read all that stuff.

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

This place was a great way to spend a hot afternoon. The exhibits were well done and we learned a lot about the different people who have helped to shape today's Texas. The staff was friendly and the place was very clean. The only disappointments were lack of eating facilities, or at least a snack bar, and the Spanish and... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

this is the place to go for Texas history information. there are other museums in town, but this one is devoted to TEXAS; it's beginnings, people, foods, religions, dress, traditions, weapons, etc. definitely worth seeing while your here, even for the residents

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San Antonio, Texas
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I've been to the Institute of Texan Cultures on a few occasions, including for the annual The Texas Folklife Festival. I enjoy the wide variety of cultural perspectives and history right here in San Antonio. Many cities have a similar venue, but I think the one in our city is very well done.

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San Anton, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We go as often as we can. It's so cool to see all the different cultures that settled in Texas. It's nice to go for a quick trip or to do it all day. Also if you are going durning June don't forget to go to the Texas folklife festival. Great ethnic food, drink and music.

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East Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Friends recommended this place and we were so glad they did! We happened to be there on the second Sunday of the month so admission was free. There are displays from every culture in Texas. The day we were there we were able to speak to an American Indian gentleman that was so friendly and informative. He took time to... More

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Oksboel, Denmark
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56 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

First here on fourth visit in San Antonio, we found this fantastic museum called Institute of Texan Cultures. It was a big experience. The different historic periods are excellent described. Not only indoor. Also outdoor. The staff was very helpful and friendly. The length of our visit: 4 hours !

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This visit was a requirement for a cultures class (International Business, I think) for UTSA. I am so glad he required it! I loved every aspect from making it a date afternoon to the exhibits to the presentations. Make it a point to go at least one time!

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

The reviewer mentions, the visit to the Institute of Texan Cultures was for a class at The University of Texas at San Antonio. The museum is actually a component of UTSA and UTSA students, faculty and staff receive free admission with their school IDs. - James B., ITC Communications More

San Antonio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is just incredible place to experience different cultures. You will be surprised to experience so many new things. Texas is truly a one of a kind state.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The topic of all the cultures and ethnic groups which have been in and had an influence in Texas is a big one and so’s this museum that tackles it. This is a huge warehouse of a place. There’s different areas telling snippets of the story of the various groups and their experiences here. From Native Americans, to English, Irish,... More

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

The guest referred to three temporary exhibits we had on display at the time of the visit. The reference to skateboards was with Smithsonian's "Ramp it Up" exhibit, the reference to the Code Talkers was Smithsonian's "Native Words, Native Warriors," and the reference to Mexican pilots in WWII was "The 201st Fighter Squadron: Mexico Joins the Fight in WWII." These... More

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