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Institute of Texan Cultures

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Address: 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone Number: 210 458 2300
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Should've been a cowboy

Close by to my work and a great place to visit at least once. The sets are cool, and they have these awesome 3D exhibits. Great place to explore in SA.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Close by to my work and a great place to visit at least once. The sets are cool, and they have these awesome 3D exhibits. Great place to explore in SA.

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Texas
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

What a wonderful museum! Native Texans, we learned so much about the many diverse cultures and peoples who are Texans. Too often the story is told from only one perspective, but this story is much more diverse and nuanced. We highly recommend a visit.

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Rockville, Maryland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Some interesting exhibits about the Native Americans that lived in Texas and the various cultures that have settled there over the years, including many different European, Slavic, and Asian cultures.

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Carrizo Springs, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

We appreciate the design and layout of this museum. We are all from Texas and so this was a fascinating look at the different cultures that make up our state. However, there was too much anticipation for us to sit and watch a ten minute video which turned out to be nothing more than pictures from way back when to... More 

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Lewisville, Texas
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241 helpful votes 241 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This is a remarkably good museum near the Tower of the Americas. It offers a very detailed history of the multi cultural heritage of Texas, documenting the immigration patterns, significant people, clothing, art, music and other facets of each ethnic and religious group that immigrated to Texas. There are specific areas for almost every country in Europe as well as... More 

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

The reviewer mentions no snack bar or restaurant in the area and that the museum is some ways from the River Walk. There is a portion of the River Walk that enters the neighboring Hemisfair area near the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. It's about another 200 yards from the river to the museum. The museum has vending machines on... More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Not bad if you want to see about different cultures. It is a shame that they only included 3 of the countries of the United Kingdom and one the focused on the Irish Republic. I went to see the Sikh exibhition which was reasonable.

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

When the Institute of Texan Cultures was researching and developing content for the Texas Exhibits Hall in 1965-1968, its staff reviewed several cultures with ties to early Texas. This reviewer refers to the Welsh. There are several cultures that did not make it to the exhibit floor due to lack of content available. In many cases, early records such as... More 

OKC
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

Presenting the view of different cultural streams that have fed into the melange of current Texas culture one comes away with a new appreciation for why Texas is what it is. The museum presents the story through a variety of object-centered displays, but with enough people-oriented stories to make it come to life. There are a few hands-on or sit-on... More 

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

The reviewer refers to exhibit interactivity with hands-on displays and keeping children occupied. This interactive model for the museum is being explored and the ITC will be implementing an immersive environment with thematic approach to subject matter in May 2015 with the "Los Tejanos" exhibit. A master plan, presenting a more interactive exhibit floor has been created and the museum... More 

Northeast Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

3 Generations enjoyed the hot afternoon inside the airconditioned museum. Grands loved the hands-on exhibits.

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Boerne, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

A very well thought out venue for displaying stories and artifacts of all nationalities who came together to create Texas. Sights & sounds in films and music make the Institute of Texan Cultures especially interesting.

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Estill Springs, TN
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The museum covers the various countries whose people settled Texas. The displays are entrancing. They are well-researched and thorough. I spent the most time on the lower floor at the Sikhs displays. I would go again to spend more time with all of the many countries involved.

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