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Institute of Texan Cultures

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Neighborhood: Downtown
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Address: 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone Number: 210 458 2300
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: This museum is dedicated to the contributions of different ethnic groups...
This museum is dedicated to the contributions of different ethnic groups in Texas.
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History of early settlers of Texas

Find out what native Indians lived and died before the discovery of Texas by the Europeans. A very friendly staff answered all our questions.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
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virginia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Find out what native Indians lived and died before the discovery of Texas by the Europeans. A very friendly staff answered all our questions.

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Milton, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We parked in the paid parking and visited the museum. Beautiful quilts-great exhibit. The other exhibits spread throughout the museum were great. It was a rainy cold day so spending indoors at this museum and learning about Texas was a great way to spend the day. A lot of information was shared by the staff and volunteers at this museum.

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Boone NC
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We drove to the ITC, only to be charged $11 for parking, and then finding out that despite the parking attendant telling us there was no additional charge for the ITC, the admission fee DID apply PLUS the quilt exhibit we were planning to attend had already been dismantled. The ITC attendants told us the parking attendant was wrong and... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This place is well run. The featured exhibit is one on quilting. There are over 100 beautifully hand sewn quilts are displayed in a tight space. The permanent exhibits are more spread out with lots of hands on exhibits for the kids. You can obtain a guide when you pay for no extra charge. These guides are highly knowledgeable and... More 

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

The reviewer referenced the "Texas Art Quilts and Modern Masterpieces" exhibit. This is a traveling exhibit, closing 11 JAN 2015. The institute was displaying about 50 quilts from the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange, plus six from various 4-H clubs around Texas. The reviewer also mentions "obtaining a guide," which sounds like a reference to the museum docents. Docents... More 

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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We have lived in Texas for 14 years...and found this place very interesting. Interested to know how Texas came about? This is Great place to start! Our children enjoyed the museum and how diverse Texans are. Free parking! Entrance fee: $6-$8

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Dallas, TX
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88 attraction reviews
256 helpful votes 256 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This was my first visit to the ITC in nearly 20 years and it was even better than I remembered. I spent over 2 hrs not including the excellent gift shop, and learned so many new facts about the numerous cultural groups which created the great state of Texas. Starting with the Paleo-Indian groups and Native-American tribes in the area,... More 

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Conroe, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Few people are aware of the large number of diverse cultures represented in Texas. This large museum and research facility has lots to see.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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225 reviews 225 reviews
85 attraction reviews
295 helpful votes 295 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This is a collection of exhibits describing the impact different cultural groups have had on the development of Texas. In comparison to other museums, this one focuses almost entirely on individuals. There is a movie that is shown on the walls of the central dome. The movie we saw was mostly pictures of people without any information.

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

The reviewer mentions that the museum's dome show does not name/label events being shown on screen. The museum has been thinking about this for some time and would like to produce a guide to the dome show, detailing some of what is portrayed, including immigrant arrival at Galveston Island, places like Spindletop Oilfield, and the contributions many of the individuals... More 

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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014 via mobile

We visited the institute for a couple of hours this morning. The exhibits are interesting, particularly the one on Native Americans. We also enjoyed learning more about each culture.

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New Braunfels, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

this place has been a favorite of mine for many many years. I remember going here as a kid on field trips...if you love history, please go here and learn all you can!

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