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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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My wife and I visited the Institute on a cold and blustery Monday. It was a great place to spend a couple of hours. We learned many things about Texas that we did not know.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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Hickory, North Carolina
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Hickory, North Carolina
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50 reviews 50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

My wife and I visited the Institute on a cold and blustery Monday. It was a great place to spend a couple of hours. We learned many things about Texas that we did not know.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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86 reviews 86 reviews
41 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

You can spend an hour or a day in this museum. Better still it has some displays that you're encouraged to touch and feel. With little kids, it's an hour or so. As a single you can immerse yourself for a day if you're a history buff. Beware of construction starting in February 2015 that limits pedestrian access from the... More 

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Powell, Wyoming
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Maybe I needed to take the name "Institute of Texan Cultures" more literally. With Texas' rich history, I was hoping to learn more about it's history and the sequence of events that created modern-day Texas. What I found were a myriad of displays that showed a little something about every nationality that has ever lived in Texas, and in an... More 

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

The reviewer points out a lack of Spanish/Mexican representation. A permanent exhibit, "Los Tejanos," which has been in development, is scheduled to open in May 2015. The reviewer's negative opinion seems to be based on preconceptions or lack of preparation as to what to expect at the museum. - James B., ITC Communications More 

Hempstead, Texas
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88 reviews 88 reviews
24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

No matter what country your ancestors came to America from, Texas probably has some important folks from that country also.

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San Antonio
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57 reviews 57 reviews
3 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The art! The exhibits! The Asian festival (February) and the Texas Folklife Festival (June), the demonstrations and tours. I love it all. They just started the Sikh exhibit which showcases art and culture of the members of the community of Indian origin. Simply wonderful. It was originally at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. I visit as often as I... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I am not a huge museum goer-- but this one was very informative and I would go several times again. Learning about TEXAS and how my family and other surnames came about was so very interesting. Enjoy!

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San Antonio, Texas
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59 reviews 59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a wonderful way to get an overview of all of the different cultures and ethnic groups that have made San Antonio the city and Texas the State it is today. If you have an afternoon to spend it is chock-full of information and interactive displays. This is not "just another museum" but offers a truly inspiring representation of... More 

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Coventry
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47 reviews 47 reviews
24 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Went for an afternoon when the weather was not so good the institute was very good value for money and explained the many different cultures which had constituted to the Texan culture.

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Utica, New York
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60 reviews 60 reviews
32 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

In spite of its location at the remotest end of Hemisphere Park, the Institute of Texas Cultures is well worth a visit. If you are not a native Texan, you might not realize just how diverse the population of the state is. In addition to native Americans, Tejanos and gringos, German settlers are perhaps the best known. But those who... More 

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Saint Johnsbury, Vermont
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128 reviews 128 reviews
24 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

This is the place to go to get a good overview of the many (26) ethnic groups that settled in Texas. The Institute also has good exhibits about the native people who lived here.

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