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“Beautiful Place” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Witte Museum

Witte Museum
3801 Broadway, At the edge of Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, TX (Uptown Broadway)
210-357-1900
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Ranked #41 of 204 Attractions in San Antonio
Type: Natural History Museums, Art Museums, History Museums, Science Museums, Historic Sites, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Hiking
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Witte Museum has the gorgeous Fiesta gowns, but also a special science treehouse just for kids.
Converse, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Love, love. The children would love being here during a hot summer day. Lots to see and do for little ones.

Visited September 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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“Nice Smaller Museum With Great Special Exhibitions”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

This is a somewhat small museum that has had some wonderful special exhibitions, and we have sometimes made special trips to San Antonio to see them. On this visit, we saw the Mummies of the World exhibit which just opened. This is the most extensive mummy exhibit I have seen, and had mummies from Egypt, Peru, and Europe. This is the first time that I have seen a bog body. Last year we saw an exhibit about shipwrecks, with lots of hands-on activities dealing with the technology involved in finding and exploring them. These were as fun for adults as they were for children. I understand that the next planned major exhibition will deal with the feathered dinosaurs that have been discovered in China.

My one criticism of the exhibitions would be that they shouldn’t allow strollers into exhibit spaces when they are crowded. On this visit, I was run into several times, once by a child whose mother was letting her push her own stroller. An older lady with us was almost knocked over at one point. I don’t mind strollers when a place has plenty of room, but when an exhibit has so many visitors that they have to assign people a specific time to enter, they are a hazard.

There are several small permanent or long-term exhibits. I especially like the one on the second floor that deals with the lives of the prehistoric Native American inhabitants of the Pecos region. It is a small but very well-done exhibit showcasing the lifeways of these people as revealed by the artifacts that have been found in the caves there. There is a wall display of photos of the Pecos rock art. The way that they incorporate rock art motifs into the floor design is incredibly creative. The floor imitates a rock surface with designs carved into it. These designs recreate motifs that are found at a particular rock art site in the state. It does make the floor a little uneven, and it might make for difficult walking for someone that needs an even surface. This exhibit should not be missed, and is one that will especially appeal to anyone with an interest in history or archaeology.

The museum has an extensive collection of textiles and garments, and they feature a subset of this collection in a small gallery devoted to textiles. They change the exhibit and its theme regularly. They currently have a display of South American textiles, some of which are about 2,000 years old.

There is a children’s area in the museum with lots of hands-on activities, but I haven’t made it to that part of the museum yet. I’ve found the other long-term exhibits to be somewhat lacking. What is called a dinosaur exhibit is basically a Triceratops skeleton and a T. rex skull. I would recommend coming here when there is a special exhibit that you are interested in seeing and looking at the permanent exhibits during that visit. Going for the permanent exhibits alone might be disappointing.

Visited October 2012
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Great Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Since the Witte is close to where I live I really enjoy the rotating exhibits they bring in. Darwin's exhibit was enlightening and fun to see. I certainly can't wait to see the Mummies soon!

Visited September 2012
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Austin, Texas
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“My favorite place.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

I've been going to the Witte for many years when I visit San Antonio. I'm always amazed at the variety of the exhibits. They have added some buildings since my last visit and spent the entire afternoon enjoying the laid-back atmosphere. Good for kids and will hold adult's attention too. However, don't bring young kids to see the Mummies, for goodness sake.

Visited October 2012
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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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“Fun Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

The museum was enjoyable, fun, and of course educational. I even had to go back twice because they changed up the exibits. The new mummy exhibit is amazing and was well the previous exhibit of Darwin. Apart of the musuem is the Texas History exhibits, make sure to leave the main building and walk over there, or else you will forget about it. As well there is a great hands on learning area for the kids. Great for all ages

Visited September 2012
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