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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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114 reviews 114 reviews
40 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
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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50 reviews 50 reviews
9 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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
4 helpful votes 4 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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San Antonio, Texas
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133 reviews 133 reviews
51 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The first time I went to the Institute, I was in grade school. I have been back dozens of times since. Whether, for a special event or just to rehash on my Texas history - this is one of those places in town which most, if not all, locals can appreciate and have been to. If you are from out... More 

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Hickory, North Carolina
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50 reviews 50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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89 reviews 89 reviews
41 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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93 reviews 93 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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