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“Folklife Festival”

Institute of Texan Cultures
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Ranked #27 of 279 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.
Reviewed June 10, 2013

This was a return visit for us... something I did when I was younger with family and my husband and I did when we were a young couple. The Institute of Texan Cultures has exhibits reflecting all the cultural traditions of Texas, told from personal perspectives. I'd imagine they have many interesting events throughout the year. I've only ever been there for the Folklife Festival which is mostly about food and dance performances, but it also has traditional crafts and other booths. In a way it is a big block party, but it is really fun to embrace all the heritage that is Texas.

Thank GrifnJen
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"texas history"
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"hemisfair park"
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

This museum highlights many nationalities that helped settle Texas. Loved the explanations in the different displays. The explanations humanized the experience for me by identifying adaptations that the settlers had to make to their customs and work.

Thank 1949OhioTravels
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

THE INSTITUTE OF TEXAS CULTURES
Mostly enjoyable for kids, and there were tons of school groups there on the day we went. There are a lot of hands-on exhibits, push-the-button to hear a mini lecture, costumed individuals explaining particular exhibits, teaching games to play as you walk through the maze of exhibits. As an adult visiting without a child in tow, the ITC really didn’t hold my interest, and I was in and out of there, having seen everything, inside of 25 minutes. Cute gift shop with some very reasonably priced and different items.
There is an admission charge, but twofer coupons are available in the tourist attraction coupon books available in most every hotel and everywhere in the downtown area. Parking costs $8 for all day. Would recommend for children; for adults, not so much.

Thank twosteptweetie
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Located on ( and built during) the Hemisfair in the 1960's, this "museum" tell the whole story of settling and growth of Texas. It is a lot more than American and Mexican settlers and includes great special interest displays like Bongo Joe's bike (look for it...he was a real character). It may take more than one trip to take it all in....but plan to spend several hours discovering the many settlers of Texas. Worth visiting on a regular basis, but be sure everyone is a history buff or you'll be frustrated when they're ready to go and you are just getting started.

Thank texmarc
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Reviewed April 26, 2013 via mobile

It's a neat place to check out if you're in town. It should be one of those places you plan to visit!

Thank Ashley900812
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