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Institute of Texan Cultures

801 E Cesar E Chavez Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78205-3296
+1 210-458-2300
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This museum is dedicated to the contributions of different ethnic groups in Texas.
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  • Very good31%
  • Average6%
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801 E Cesar E Chavez Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78205-3296
+1 210-458-2300
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Reviewed yesterday

This is one of the better yet under appreciated attractions in the city and certainly one of my favorite museums. Housed in a very uniquely shaped structure, the institute has been around almost 50 years. I used to visit as a child but was always...More

Thank Stephanlee1
Reviewed 6 days ago

I am learning that I do not care much for the guided tours here. The guides seem to start history with the arrival of Europeans on the scene. After standing around for half an hour watching an old white man trying to start a fire...More

Thank Wilbert Q
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Institute of Texan Cultures on an afternoon and were so surprised to find only 2 other couples in the entire place. We used a $3 off per person coupon, but admission was still well below the value of what you will find...More

Thank Rebe79
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is awesome for couples,families and kids alike. Super educational, tons of artifacts, and “feel free to touch” spots in each area.

Thank Desiree R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are here watching the Tibetan Monks working on sand art. This is really awesome. They even have an area where they allow you to try it using the same tools the monks use. Again, always a learning experience for young and old when we...More

Thank Texas1Lady
James B, Public Relations Manager at Institute of Texan Cultures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

The reviewer is referring to a limited engagement, which took place Sept. 28 - Oct. 1, 2017; a visit from the monks of Deprung Loseling Monastery, to prepare a sand mandala, and lead a variety of activities including a "community mandala" exercise. - James B.,...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited here on FREE MUSEUM DAY 08/23/2017. Lots of exhibits on the different cultures in Texas. An added bonus was the live performance of Eve Ybarra a recent Endowment for The ARTs award winner. Eva is an accordion player who has performed for over 50...More

Thank Dolores D
James B, Public Relations Manager at Institute of Texan Cultures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

This was actually 9/23, Smithsonian Magazine's "Museum Day Live," a free admit-two with a coupon from Smithsonian Magazine. The institute also hosts a monthly Free Second Sunday, featuring various family programs. - James B., ITC Communications

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Institute of Texas Cultures – This museum is in the back of the HemisFair plaza from the 1968 World’s (Hemis)Fair. Walk through the green arches and across the parking lot to the one level museum showing the different cultures that founded San Antonio. Interpretive areas...More

Thank Sightsee_Eat
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Clearly all about Texas. They have some pretty cool exhibits that come and go, employees are very friendly, and usually not a crowd. No use to take a tour. just go walk around. Plenty of information to read, and lots of relatively interactive exhibits inside...More

1  Thank Samuel K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice overview of Texas history going back to pre-historic times. I learned a lot about various groups that helped to make up Texas. Odd focus on fascination with Universe on pottery. Also I was very, very disappointed with their "must see" movie that is shown...More

Thank sazoram
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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21 July 2016|
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Response from johnnypantoja | Reviewed this property |
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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8 July 2016|
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Response from James B | Property representative |
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
6 March 2015|
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Response from James B | Property representative |
According to our exhibit researchers, Los Tejanos will go back to years before the the arrival of the Spanish. One of the things the new exhibit will discuss is the Mestizo. In fact, identity and mixed cultural heritage are... More