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Institute of Texan Cultures

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Get To Know Texas and Its Roots

This is an amazing exhibition of Texas cultures. The walk-through displays are depict all the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Philip P
Very interesting Texas history

A thumbnail sketch of the early makeup of Texas showing how diverse cultures were able to work... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Susan And Gary/... G
San Antonio, Texas
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“ethnic groups”(17 reviews)
“texas history”(43 reviews)
This museum is dedicated to the contributions of different ethnic groups in Texas.
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801 E Cesar E Chavez Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78205-3296
+1 210-458-2300
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed March 6, 2012

This is a surprisingly great museum -- enjoyable and educational for all ages. Start with the short, overview movie shown on the dome in the center of the museum and then tour throughout the museum. The dome theater has 26 screens and is a 360...More

6  Thank CynthiafromOhio2011
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed September 14, 2017

Nice but be sure to know they offer Texas History with a Slant--don't believe all they tell you. I would not take the tour so I do not have to listen to their slanted stories about how bad the early white settlers were. Go see...More

3  Thank atr2b1218
James B, Public Relations Manager at Institute of Texan Cultures, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2017

ITC exhibits are carefully researched and presented. It would be inaccurate to suggest minority settlers in Texas did not and do not face discrimination. The stories Visitors read about at ITC are presented in a historically accurate manner that allow each of us to learn...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is an amazing exhibition of Texas cultures. The walk-through displays are depict all the cultures that settled Texas. You will be astonished at the in-depth history told in each display. Very well done. Excellent

Thank Philip P
Reviewed 1 week ago

A thumbnail sketch of the early makeup of Texas showing how diverse cultures were able to work together to become comrades.

Thank Susan And Gary/... G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whatever your heritage you can find your relatives here. The entire museum was interesting with occasional docents to share additional information and a slide presentation.

Thank Karen T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't know what to expect of this place, other than it is housed in what was the Texas pavilion in the 1968 Hemisfair. We were pleasantly surprised to find a professional museum addressing all the different ethnic groups who settled in Texas. The best...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a great experience! My husband and I were visiting S.A. and had to limit our excursions to indoor activities because of the unusually cold weather and rain. So glad we decided to go to this museum. What an amazing depiction and journey down the...More

Thank Lisa I
Reviewed October 10, 2018

From the name, I thought the Texas "cultures" would be cowboys and Indians. But no! It's those folks, plus many many ethnic groups that have immigrated to Texas to build its multi-cultural society. Germans, Irish, Scots, Chinese, Jewish and so many more! Each nationality group...More

Thank Karen L
Reviewed October 2, 2018

This is a museum with much and heavily celebrates people and history. It is also cluttered and in need of organization. Be prepared to read and then continue reading. There are artifacts and some displays are well considered in their design--but not enough. There was...More

Thank Steve W
James B, Public Relations Manager at Institute of Texan Cultures, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2018

The reviewer mentions a lot of text in the exhibits, which is correct, and mentions the museum's intention of updating, which we acknowledge. The exhibit floor update requires fundraising, resources, research time and production currently beyond our means. We have undertaken various redesign and re-envisioning...More

Reviewed September 24, 2018

Texas has an interesting and pretty complicated history. I was impressed with all the ethnic groups that make up Texas' population.

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Reviewed August 25, 2018

We went to see a special photo exhibit. Took a wrong turn into the brewery exhibit and we were hooked. So interesting - lots of information you don't usually see. Easy to navigate, exhibits are very well done, nice mix of artifacts. Important insight into...More

Thank pecken
Reviewed July 23, 2018 via mobile

This is one big building and it could take more than a day to see and read everything here. The museum has a special exhibit to brewing in Texas. The museum is divided by ethnicity starting with the Indians but has sections for German, Swedish,...More

1  Thank David J
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Next to the Tower of America’s!
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The address is: Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 East César E. Chávez Boulevard, San Antonio, TX 78205. The museum is located right off of the highway, and there is usually plenty of parking along Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard... More
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Every summer, the institute participates in the Blue Star Museums program, which is a free admission for active duty military and their families, Memorial Day to Labor Day. Free Second Sunday is suspended in June, but picks... More