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“Hidden secret in HemisFair Park”

Institute of Texan Cultures
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Ranked #27 of 266 things to do in San Antonio
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Owner description: This museum is dedicated to the contributions of different ethnic groups in Texas.
The Woodlands, Texas
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334 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Hidden secret in HemisFair Park”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

Who knew this existed? At the end of the park. It was phenomenal. Girl Scout exhibit on display - very nice. Shout out to the local San Antonio troops and those in Texas. Best was the displays on the main floor showcasing the myriad of immigrants to Texas and their contributions to this great state. Who knew so many people settled here. Another great exhibit on companies based in Texas and inventions (Dr. Pepper) that started in Texas. Gotta see. And cheap!

Visited March 2013
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Massachusetts
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52 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Excellent displays on theme of immigration”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

The museum offers displays about the many cultures that have influenced Texas history. Each display discusses the history of immigrants from that culture in Texas and outstanding Texans from that culture. There are MANY cultures profiled, including African-Americans and Jews. There is a separate section on the pre-history of Texas and its indigenous peoples. The displays include artifacts and sometimes videos. there is the typical, pleasant slide show of smiling folks in native costumes. We spent longer than we had expected here, as we wanted to see all the displays. On the lower level was a special exhibit on the history of the Girl Scouts, and that was very well done, also. NOTE: The San Antonio Tourism website offers a two for one coupon for this museum. Oddly, the gift shop was below par.

Visited March 2013
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Rochester, Minnesota
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30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“great morning out of the weather”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

VERY windy outside so we spent the morning at this museum.
Great overview and displays describing the peoples of Texas' heritage. Nice vignettes and videos. Built in 1968 for World's Fair.

Visited February 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Texas History Comes Alive”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

A great place to learn about various groups of people who have lived in Texas since pre-historic times. I especially enjoyed the the "Back 40" where docents bring to life a one-room school house, medical technigues from pioneer days and the life of a post civil war soldier. The day I was visited there were special presentation about the Buffalo Soldiers and a game of Vintage Baseball. It costs $8 to enter for adults. A $1 off coupon may be available on visitsanantonio.com

Visited February 2013
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Houston, Texas
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81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great Texan Museum!”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Enjoyed seeing Texas history in show case and exhibits. The native artifacts and story's where great.

Visited October 2012
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