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Institute of Texan Cultures

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Address: 801 E Cesar E Chavez Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78205-3296
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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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An eye-opener on Tean history

We expected to do this facility in 30-45 minutes. We were there for 2 hours and could have stayed another hour. Extremely interesting with loads of excellent exhibits and very... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 December 2015
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Jupiter
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2015

We expected to do this facility in 30-45 minutes. We were there for 2 hours and could have stayed another hour. Extremely interesting with loads of excellent exhibits and very knowledgeable staff all very pleased to give extra information. It takes you from where the various original American Indian tribes came from through the Mexican involvement to today. There are... More 

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NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2015

The museum covers a pretty good range of Texas culture. Interesting to see how all the different people settled and lived in the state.

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015

Get a docent to show you around. This place is part of the State University system. I thoroughly enjoyed its displays of the peoples that came to America and settled this state. It really set me up for understanding the nuanced differences of various regions of Texas. It is also within walking distance to various downtown attractions. Take your time.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2015

My experience was one to remember. A visit to ITC gave me insight as how Texas became the wonderful state it is.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2015

If you choose to come, please be aware that you could spend several hours if you want to get a good sense of various immigrant groups, who are now part of mainstream Texan culture, and how each group came to live in Texas. Interestingly, there was very little mention of the history of enslaved people who were obviously not willing... More 

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

The reviewer mentioned the museum had little mention of the African American slave narrative. The African American exhibit currently has stories related to "Juneteenth," Seminole Scouts (escaped slaves who joined the tribes in Florida), the Wilson Potters (slaves who learned skilled trades) and a few additional slave stories. The African American area is being considered for updating, much like the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015 via mobile

My wife found a picture of her Great Great Grandfather on the "Peddlers" wall. We were so impressed with the presentation and detail of the Institute. Fantastic place! Make it your next stop!!!

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

The Institute of Texas Cultures is a standing San Antonio landmark. Traveling exhibitions visit the ITC, and even without the exhibitions, the ITC is well worth the visit. Icy day? Rainy, cold, too hot day? Rest assured knowing you have something interesting, entertaining, educational and fun to do with your family and/or friends !

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Dripping Springs, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

This museum is so fun. They have fit so much culture into a great museum. I have been several times and I have never been bored.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2015

The Institute of Texan Cultures is just that -- a repository of stories and artifacts from Texas history. There are traveling exhibits from time to time, but the permanent collection also is fascinating. Every June, the institute holds the Folklife Festival, which features food, dances, and arts and crafts from the hundreds of ethnic groups that have filled the state's... More 

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Canyon Lake, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2015

This museum is easily manageable in an afternoon, even with small children in tow. It is divided into sections explaining the history of various ethnic groups including how and when they came to the state. It also deals with the professions they brought with them and how they changed the culture where they eventually settled. The exhibits are well marked... More 

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