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“Lesser known, but not to be missed”

Institute of Texan Cultures
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Ranked #21 of 265 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.
Connecticut
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Lesser known, but not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

We had not planned to visit this initially but found ourselves with time and decided to try it. It has the disadvantage of being a little out of the way at the far end of Hemisfair Park which lessens the foot traffic a bit. However, it is worth the extra effort. It centers around all of the cultures that have settled in Texas and the customs brought from their homeland. There is also an EXCELLENT interactive segment about immigration and what that entails, primarily geared to children but fascinating to adults, as well. As an added benefit, the walk through Hemisfair Park to get there was a happy surprise. There are homes and other buildings from the World's Fair (most of which you cannot go into), which are an architectural hobbyist's dream. It ends just before the Institute and almost right next door to the Alamodome!

Visited October 2013
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James B, Public Relations Manager at Institute of Texan Cultures, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
The interactive section on immigration this reviewer mentions is the "Why We Came" exhibit, designed like a giant board game. Why We Came is on display until March 2014. The reviewer also offered some details on HemisFair Park - The City of San Antonio is currently undertaking a renovation project that should go into 2016, which is geared at revitalizing HemisFair Park. - James B., ITC Communications
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Irving, Texas
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“A Smithsonian treasure in Texas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

What a wonderful way to find out about the history and the peoples of Texas. We happened to visit on a day when there was a new citizenship ceremony taking place. What an honor to witness. The displays are exquisite and will be of interest to anyone with a thirst to better understand Texas.

Visited October 2013
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James B, Public Relations Manager at Institute of Texan Cultures, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
A few clarifications: The Institute of Texan Cultures is a Smithsonian Affiliate, meaning, the museum occasionally hosts Smithsonian traveling exhibits, artifacts, speakers, etc. The museum is operated by The University of Texas at San Antonio. The reviewer also mentioned that the Institute of Texan Cultures was hosting a naturalization ceremony the day of this visit. In partnership with the federal government, the ITC does this about 10 times per year (once a month, typically the third Thursday). - James B., ITC Communications
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Learn about Texas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

The Institute is a great way to take in the full scope of Texas history and the various groups that settled in this glorious part of the world. It isn't just cowboys and Indians.

Visited October 2013
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Havre, Montana
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Well worth the visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

This is a wonderful museum. Packed full of information regarding the history and cultures of Texas. The museum starts with the native american groups that called the area home, then moves into the European and Asian groups that settled there. It is amazing to see how many different groups of people settled in Texas. From Irish to Swedish to Czechs to Lebanese. This museum has exhibits that covers that and MUCH more.

The docents that are spread throughout the museum are wonderful. There was a woman at the sharecroppers house and a woman spinning cotton (she was AMAZING!) and women quilting. They were all informative and really enhanced the experience.

We spent most of a morning wandering through exhibits but this spot could easily fill the day, especially the travelling Smithsonian exhibits (we just barely missed the Girl Scouts exhibit). I would say this is a must see in San Antonio

Visited October 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Go-Go-Go - folllow a guide, ask questions”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

Wow, such a great experience! I was with a group of 6 foreign tourist, who had only 30 minutes to browse the museum, according to their itinerary. We all ended up spending over 2 hours! All thanx to the knowledgeable, patient, accommodating and entertaining guide Jerry! He told us amazing stories about different Indian tribes, their lifestyles and routines, explained aout their traditions and rituals; allowed us take pictures, answered our questions. We left with a better understanding of such unique mixed culture of Texas, with a sense of new respect of the ancient history of US. Great place to bring kids! Must take a tour with a guide!

Visited October 2013
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