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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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Never boring and often with new exhibits to preview. Children enjoy the activites and history buffs can take their time to read all the information. The new exhibit pointing out... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
Judy Edwards L
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San Marcos, Texas

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San Marcos, Texas
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6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Never boring and often with new exhibits to preview. Children enjoy the activites and history buffs can take their time to read all the information. The new exhibit pointing out the culture of Texans who did the hard jobs---building, harvesting crops, enduring second class status for the sake of their children's future---should not be missed.

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San Antonio, Texas
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15 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Part of the 1968 Worlds Fair, this place needs some help. It needs to be updated, additional docents and a staff that is a bit more welcoming. Shows all the different groups that have settled in Texas and what they have contributed. The Back Forty is outside in the rear of the building. In the summer 7th graders from SA... More 

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

The reviewer's subject line says the Institute of Texan Cultures needs some updates. The museum has actually been in a master planning process for the exhibit floor and has a concept of how to approach storytelling for a new generation. A sample of what this would look like is the new "Los Tejanos" exhibit, which explores the Spanish- and Mexican-Texan... More 

Fort Worth, Texas
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This place takes multiculturalism to a whole new level. Traces the Texas contributions of every ethnic group you can imagine and a few you've never heard of (know any "Wendish" folks?). The surprisingly diverse historic contributions of the various groups that historically immigrated to Texas will fascinate all but the most disinterested museum goer.

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Spring, Texas
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This is an amazingly wonderful place to spend a couple hours at , again great pics to be taken but so much history , YOu must spend time reading and taking in all thw place has to offer . PLUS its free ont he last sunday of the month and its a great place to have on your things to... More 

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

Reviewer says the museum is free on the last Sunday of the month, which is incorrect. The museum is free on the second Sunday of the month (except June). The Institute of Texan Cultures also participates in the Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission for active duty military and their dependents, Memorial Day to Labor Day. - James... More 

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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Great place to show how Texas became the great state it is today! As a Texas History teacher, I was very impressed! Would be an excellent field trip for 7th graders.

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San Antonio, Texas
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The Institute of Texan Cultures is probably one of the best kept secrets of San Antonio, particularly for tourist, but it offers a wealth of knowledge and insight about Texas and Mexico that is difficult to find in almost any other venue. Highlighting with accurate replicas the numerous cultures that have contributed to the story of Texas and the West,... More 

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NEW HOPE
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64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We ducked in here to get away from the heat. Pleasant place but not that much to see. Restrooms were clean.

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

Rather curious the reviewer says there is not that much to see at the Institute of Texan Cultures. The main exhibit floor includes 26 cultures that came to Texas, plus four rotating exhibits galleries, and a lower gallery. There is a considerable amount of content presented; it's simply a matter of how much effort the visitor is willing to put... More 

Milford, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

When you visit this museum, you will feel like you belong. It doesn't matter what your ethnic background is, you will see representation of it as you stroll around the Institute of Texan Cultures. If you like history and learning about diverse people of the world, you will love this place.

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Marana, Arizona
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

The staff is very friendly and helpful when you first arrive. Be sure to have your picture taken in the lobby in front of the large neon sign. There is a movie shown in the round and it is quite good. Allow yourself extra time as the museum is quite large and has many interesting displays and exhibits.

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Denver, CO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Was unaware of just how many subcultures were present at the time and how they interacted. Very interesting.

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Additional Information about Institute of Texan Cultures

Address: Address: 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone Number: 210 458 2300
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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