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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 204 Attractions in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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193 reviews 193 reviews
41 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

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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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

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
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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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La Canada Flintridge, California
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18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This place has so much to see that it requires a lot of time, probably in two visits. We were here as part of a Road Scholar program on San Antonio. The place has displays about all the cultures that influenced Texas, all very well done. A nice extra was a room full of handmade quilts from a local club.

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

The reviewer references one of the museum's galleries currently showing a quilt exhibit. For clarification, this is a pair of traveling exhibits from the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange, "Texas Art Quilts" and "Modern Masterpieces from Texas Quilters." The quilts were made by people all across Texas, not just the museum's quilting guild. The quilt exhibit is in place... More

San Antonio, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Going to the Institute of Texan Culture is like stepping into a time machine and going back in time 100 years. To learn how the early settler lived. What type furniture they had, food they ate, transportation, etc. It was all eductional.

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

While the Institute of Texan Cultures does have a section dedicated to cowboys and cattle drives, the museum covers a much wider subject area beyond "Wild West," as the review title might suggest. There are more than 20 cultures represented on the ITC's exhibit floor, focused on Texans of various heritage such as Czech, Chinese, Scottish, French, and others. -... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This is a really fun museum. Lots of great information and helpful volunteers. There was a weaving demonstration, and the docent let each of my 4 children try it. Overall the museum is well done and has enough rotating exhibits to keep it interesting.

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Devoted to the 26 different cultures that settled Texas. Has many areas of interest. Plan 1-2 hours here. Watch the films presented. Small admission.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

An interesting experience of seeing the various cultures that settled in the San Antonio area. Each culture added special aspects to the creation of the city, and each museum display is tastefully arranged with full signage. The circular movie screens in the main area of the museum show the various cultures in original settings. Very moving presentation. An excellent museum... More

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Graham, Washington
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A bit of a hike from the horseshoe part of the river walk, but worth it. Good presentation at a good price.

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

This reviewer mentions that the Institute of Texan Cultures is a considerable distance from the San Antonio River Walk. The River Walk is actually a pretty good route to get to the museum. Anyone coming to the ITC on foot, starting from lodging on Commerce street and points further north, can follow the River Walk, starting at Rivercenter Mall or... More

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

We had a good time and it was very informative. Our children enjoyed the exhibits and asked a lot of questions. Many different cultures were displayed and information of San Antonio was a nice surprise.

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