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A Bold Heritage Deserves a Vibrant Twist

McNay Art Museum

Ingenuity Finds a Home Indoors & Out

As ceramists, singers, dancers, poets, historians, naturalists, cowboys, folklorists and more arrived and thrived drawing from the city’s vibrant living history, spaces to serve these creative influencers were carved into the heart of the city. In 2009, the Museum Reach section was built to extend the River Walk and provide a place where San Antonio’s now vibrant creative and natural culture could flourish.

The Museum Reach showcases public art, has a special events stage and features a lock and dam complex for sightseeing barges. Also located here is the San Antonio Museum of Art — an institution housed in a former convent and former brewery, respectively — shaping a compact experience of the best San Antonio’s creative culture has to offer.

A timeless character built with our hands

It wasn’t just what nature built that made San Antonio great. San Antonio’s architecture is layered with history and innovation, showing its growth from a frontier town to one of Texas’s most architecturally historic cities. Shaping the landscape today are multiple diverse architectural styles preserved to celebrate our history and repurposed to endure.


  • Caliche block and stucco structures in La Villita Historic Arts Village, a collection of boutiques, galleries and restaurants, date to the mid-1800s.
  • The Briscoe Western Art Museum is housed in the restored 1930s art deco/neoclassical former San Antonio Public Library.
  • The Pearl Brewery Complex dates to 1881 and is now 
a mixed-use commercial and residential development that is also home to the prestigious Culinary Institute of America—San Antonio.
  • A versatile, world-class performing arts facility with a grand facade, the state-of-the-art Tobin Center for the Performing Arts shines as a beacon of creativity, fine art and downtown development on the River Walk’s Museum Reach.