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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 #20 of 197 attractions in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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San Anton, Malta
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We go as often as we can. It's so cool to see all the different cultures that settled in Texas. It's nice to go for a quick trip or to do it all day. Also if you are going durning June don't forget to go to the Texas folklife festival. Great ethnic food, drink and music.

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East Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Friends recommended this place and we were so glad they did! We happened to be there on the second Sunday of the month so admission was free. There are displays from every culture in Texas. The day we were there we were able to speak to an American Indian gentleman that was so friendly and informative. He took time to... More

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Oksboel, Denmark
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102 reviews 102 reviews
44 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

First here on fourth visit in San Antonio, we found this fantastic museum called Institute of Texan Cultures. It was a big experience. The different historic periods are excellent described. Not only indoor. Also outdoor. The staff was very helpful and friendly. The length of our visit: 4 hours !

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San Antonio, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This visit was a requirement for a cultures class (International Business, I think) for UTSA. I am so glad he required it! I loved every aspect from making it a date afternoon to the exhibits to the presentations. Make it a point to go at least one time!

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

The reviewer mentions, the visit to the Institute of Texan Cultures was for a class at The University of Texas at San Antonio. The museum is actually a component of UTSA and UTSA students, faculty and staff receive free admission with their school IDs. - James B., ITC Communications More

San Antonio
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is just incredible place to experience different cultures. You will be surprised to experience so many new things. Texas is truly a one of a kind state.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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145 reviews 145 reviews
94 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The topic of all the cultures and ethnic groups which have been in and had an influence in Texas is a big one and so’s this museum that tackles it. This is a huge warehouse of a place. There’s different areas telling snippets of the story of the various groups and their experiences here. From Native Americans, to English, Irish,... More

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

The guest referred to three temporary exhibits we had on display at the time of the visit. The reference to skateboards was with Smithsonian's "Ramp it Up" exhibit, the reference to the Code Talkers was Smithsonian's "Native Words, Native Warriors," and the reference to Mexican pilots in WWII was "The 201st Fighter Squadron: Mexico Joins the Fight in WWII." These... More

Austin, Texas
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76 reviews 76 reviews
18 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We came to San Antonio, specifically to attend the folklife festival. We loved it!!! There is food from around the world, dancing and demonstrations. We got there early because we wanted time to go through the Institute of texan Cultures. It is a wonderful museum, that does a great service to the migrants that built Texas. Every country is represented... More

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

Please note, the reviewer specifically mentions the Texas Folklife Festival. This special event is typically the second weekend of June. The museum is open during the festival, though certain exhibits and programs may be inaccessible due to the placement of stages, seating and other festival-related amenities. - James B., ITC Communications More

New Braunfels, Texas
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I go to the Asian Festival every year and it is fantastic! They have great food and a schedule of shows, demonstrations, classes, etc. You can also take that opportunity to see the rest of the exhibits.

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Stephenville, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

The Institute is always a worthwhile visit. But you must go for Folklife Festival. It is unrivaled for fun and fabulous food. Where else can you eat homemade lumpia, watch Chinese Lion Dancers, and finish off with ice cold watermelon? Go! You will have a blast.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Very disappointed to learn that this great attraction may be demolished, this is one of the few structures left from the 1968 Worlds Fair and is the best most comprehensive museum in San Antonio reflecting its many cultures.

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