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San Antonio Museum of Art
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Ranked #19 of 266 things to do in San Antonio
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The San Antonio Museum of Art is housed in a historic brewery along the banks of the Museum Reach of the Riverwalk. The Museum offers important permanent collections of Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities, Asian art, Latin American art, contemporary art and American paintings. The museum offers a variety of programs and a cafe. Visit our website for admission pricing and more information. Free general admission every Tuesday 4 - 9 p.M. And Sunday 10 a.M.- Noon
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San Antonio, Texas
2 reviews
“excellent”
Reviewed November 20, 2013

The Museum is a very large structure, with plenty of different areas to look at. I could have taken the kids there for 3 days had we had the time. Suggest you pick an area or two you're really interested in, and just see those areas. It was nice to see so many different exhibits

Visited November 2013
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Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
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“Where else would you find a pink neon lighted electric chair?!”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

If you are in the downtown area, a must do is to take the river walk to the museum. It is a quieter spur interspersed with fountains, gardens, a dam lock and several beautiful tile/mosaic murals. The bridge right before the museum has super cool audio art under it - a first for me! The artist taped sounds along the river over time and the speakers play back the sounds on a continuous basis with wave and bird sounds to name a few.
Check the museum's website for their free times to enter. My husband and I were there for a conference so our goodie bag actually included a two for the price of one coupon which was also a great buy. The building is set up in basically two wings with a neat skybridge on the 4th floor connecting them. This walk bridge has great views on both sides. There are modern glass elevators to take you between floors. All the art is well laid out and the rooms are quite roomy. There is Roman to Japanese and American to the usual European. However, my favorite were the Latin American Folk Art and the Spanish Colonial. Check out the pink chair in the contemporary exhibit which is pretty neat.
This is a mid size museum when compared to the MET in NYC or Philly or Boston. It is doable in a day. Nice little gift shop. An enjoyable way to spend time away from the hustle and bustle downtown. We were there Friday late afternoon and had the place pretty much to ourselves.

Visited November 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Wow”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

We went on Tuesday night because it was free. I thought it would be a dinky little museum, but it was amazing. Floor after floor of beautiful art. Then you take the walk way to the other side (with amazing views I might add) and there is more! I would definitely have paid to see this because it is very well done. My youngest is 10, and he really enjoyed it. Probably not the best idea if you have toddlers, but older kids will really love it.

Visited November 2013
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Deming
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“Put on your walking shoes!”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

It's a huge place! Could easily spend several days here. Suggest you pick an area or two you're really interested in, and just see those areas. We liked the Greek and Roman exhibits the best.

Visited November 2013
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South Bend, IN
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“A Growing Museum”
Reviewed November 9, 2013

Few people journey to San Antonio to visit a museum, but if you are in town and if you are an art lover, the San Antonio Museum of Art is well worth a visit. As museums go it is a young institution, opened in 1981 in the former Lone Star Brewery, and its collections are growing in both breadth and depth. Originally featuring the art of North and South America, I found its collections of ancient art particularly interesting, as well as the new (2005) Asian wing. The museum is located a few miles north of downtown, and it is now accessible directly from the "Museum Reach" of the recently extended Riverwalk.

Visited October 2013
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