The museum is located inside the renovated Lone Star Brewery. It’s an impressive home for an impressive collection of art. Having seen so many industrial structures that have fallen into disuse and disrepair, I’m always happy to see one that has taken on a new life with a new function. What I found the most impressive was the museum’s Latin American collection, both the pre-Columbian art and the modern folk art. Folk art frequently gets left out of formal art museums, and it was good to see an entire hall devoted to it. The pre-Columbian collection took up a large portion of one wing on the lower floor. It is one of the better collections I’ve seen outside of Mexico. Don’t miss this part of the museum; it’s what it’s best known for. There is an almost equally impressive collection of ancient Mediterranean art, including Greek, Roman, and Egyptian. There is a small display of Oceanic art. Although small, a diversity of Oceanic cultures is represented. The hall for Islamic art is very small. One floor was closed for construction while we were there. That, combined with a shortage of time, meant that we didn’t get to see all that the museum has to offer. We will have to go back sometime to see the Asian, European, and American collections. We did have time to see the current special exhibition, Aphrodite and the Gods of Love. It traced representations of Aphrodite back to her predecessors earlier in antiquity and through time in both Greek history and, as Venus, in Roman history. It was laid out well, and even though this part of the museum was very crowded, it was easy to get around without bumping into anyone or feeling claustrophobic. I’m looking forward to making a return visit some time in the spring to see an upcoming special exhibition of Han Dynasty funerary art. Parking was free across the street, and even though it was very busy in the museum, we had no trouble finding a parking space.
This is probably not the best museum to bring very young children to, especially if you’re planning on spending a decent amount of time here. This is a look-only museum, without anything interactive to keep a little one’s attention. Older children with an interest in art would enjoy it. There are programs for younger children one Sunday a month, and there are on-line guides for some of the exhibits that would be good for families with elementary age children to download and printed ahead of time.
Watch for times when admission is free, such as Sunday mornings and Tuesday evenings.
Non-flash photography is allowed, except in special exhibitions
Study the map before you get started so you don’t miss the exhibits that you are most interested in seeing.
If you want to see the entire museum, allow at the very least a full morning or afternoon, or plan for several shorter visits.
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