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Institute of Texan Cultures

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Address: 801 E Cesar E Chavez Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78205-3296
Phone Number: +1 210-458-2300
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This museum is dedicated to the contributions of different ethnic groups in...

This museum is dedicated to the contributions of different ethnic groups in Texas.

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A Very Extensive History of the Texas Culture

We had no idea what was in store for us and were very pleasantly surprised by what we saw and heard. The different cultural exhibits were so interesting and informative. I didn't... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Lake Zurich, Illinois
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had no idea what was in store for us and were very pleasantly surprised by what we saw and heard. The different cultural exhibits were so interesting and informative. I didn't realize the impact Germans and other groups had in molding the Texas of today. It was a great way to spend a few hours, to see how different... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is well worth the money and time to learn more about who populated Texas. We spent almost 2 hours in this well curated museum. Of particular interest was the WWII exhibit. This museum is a local gem.

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James B, Public Relations Manager at Institute of Texan Cultures, responded to this review

For clarity, the WWII exhibit the reviewer cites will conclude in January 2017. - James B., ITC Communications More 

Abilene, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed visiting this museum and learning about some of the many cultural groups that have settled in Texas. I read most of the information in the museum and watched the video, and stayed almost 4 hours. Some of the exhibits don't appear to have changed much since the 1960s. They are a bit harder to read and less attractive,... More 

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James B, Public Relations Manager at Institute of Texan Cultures, responded to this review

The reviewer's assessment is accurate and the museum is working to address this "dated" feel to a lot of the exhibits. There is a master plan for the redevelopment of the exhibit floor focusing on interactivity, updated content and thematic approaches to historic and cultural material. The museum is entering a fundraising cycle to support that transformation. Some of that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has comprehensive artifacts. It also on certain days has guides that tell you what is was like to live in the old days in Texas. It has certain periods in a room and the history is of that period is fantastic

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family of 5 (2 adults, 3 kids ages 4-11) spent almost 3 hours at ITC. Most of the exhibits were excellent and informative; there were even several dress-up options throughout that our kids enjoyed to keep them interested. The geometry lab downstairs – especially dipping the polyhedrals into soapy water – was a big hit with all of us!... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you like history this is the place to visit. It is a huge building encompassing just about every phase of Texas history available. The docents are fantastic tour guides and very knowleable. Every group of settlers who make Texas the great state it is are represented there with artifacts and historic infomation in each displayed. The building is near... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This museum is a must for those whom want to know more about Texas. This institute has been around for many years and has grown into a great museum. There are a lot of stories embedded in the sites here. A must for anyone wanting to become a Texan over night!

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New York, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This is an interesting museum but bringing a jacket or a sweater is necessary in my opinion because they keep the air conditioning at a much cooler temperature than most museums in order to prevent mold. I got a cold as a result of spending two hours in the very cool rooms. The museum is easy walking distance to the... More 

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Bryan, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Until you have visited this center, you really do not appreciate the diversity of cultures that make up Texas. The displays are well arranged and very informative as they show how the immigrants from many parts of the world have come to Texas and contributed to the culture that is Texas. I would recommend this to everyone. From Texans that... More 

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Toronto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

A really interesting exhibit on the backgrounds of all the groups who came to inhabit Texas. However, the biggest highlight is the large well-researched exhibit they had in a separate room on worldwide Genocide in the 20th Century which is an absolute must see. This should most definitely become a travelling exhibit to major cities around the world. It was... More 

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James B, Public Relations Manager at Institute of Texan Cultures, responded to this review

The genocide exhibit the reviewer references was a temporary exhibit and has, since the time of this review, closed. Rather than a doctoral thesis, as mentioned, it was the work of UTSA graduate and undergraduate honors students in a comparative genocides class. - James B., ITC Communications Office More 

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