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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 #18 of 207 Attractions in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: This museum is dedicated to the contributions of different ethnic groups in Texas.
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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This is so rich in Texan culture it makes ones heart sing. Although I grew up in San Antonio, I still try to make time to visit & take in the feel of this great place.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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241 helpful votes 241 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The Institute of Texan Cultures displays the broad spectrum of nationalities that have migrated to Texas. Adequate attention is given to the original Indian inhabitants and African Americans. There's lots of reading, but also a wonderful collection of cultural artifacts. A slide and music show in a dome shaped theater illustrates the many cultures. A temporary display of quilts from... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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311 reviews 311 reviews
27 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Being from the UK, I think of Texas as just being the old fashioned cowboys and indians, but this place presents so well how Texas evolved from so many nationalities from home and abroad. An educational treat that furthers your understanding on how the west was not only won, but also evolved.

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Cameron Park, California
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

What a neat exposure! A unique condition of Texas' annexation into the United States! Intro the structures of the latter part of the 19th century. Every "cultures" is shown here...many!! It was a wonderful experience! On top of it all....the QUILTS!!!! Wow! Too bad they would not allow pictures! Every quilt has something to remember. WOW!!! I would go back... More

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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We visited the museum for only about an hour and a half as one of our stops with the Alamo trolley tour.. One of the exhibits was from my heritage as they were part of the original settlers from 26 different countries who imigrated to Texas in the late eighteen hundreds. It was built along with the Tower of the... More

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

The reviewer refers to the World's Fair hosted in San Antonio. It was actually in 1968. Additionally, the reviewer refers to 26 different cultures that settled the state. This is not comprehensive, as the cultures on the exhibit floor represent those that researchers were able to find the most about as the museum was being populated. Research on other cultures... More

Houston, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This is one of my favorite museums. It has over 20 exhibits on the different people/cultural groups who make up Texas. I think all people could appreciate it.

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Port Saint Joe, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

did not make it to this museum on this trip but have b een there in the last trip a few years ago. surprised of the many different cultures make up the folks who settled in texas throughout its history. not to miss if one is into understanding the state.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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57 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

At last someone has put a site together laying out where the ancestors came from and what part they played in the creation of USA. It was nice to see what skills the Scottish ancestors offered, even if it was only breaking granite:) The guides and buildings reconstructed showed how the Indian's knowledge was put to use by other cultures.... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The history of Texas is wonderful and the best way to learn about it is at the Institute of Texan Cultures. I have lived her for over 30 years and it is fun, educational and the story tellers make history come alive.

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Morehead City, North Carolina
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Much to be learned about the peoples who lived there early on and settled there. Never realized Texas was such a melting pot of cultures, American Indian, European, Asian, Russian, etc. Recommend it highly to visitors.

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