San Antonio is enriched with culture. Our museums showcase a diverse round-up of art, history and culture. Inclusive collections feature breathtaking works of art and intriguing pieces of the world’s past.
Founded by legendary art patron Linda Pace, Artpace has earned international acclaim for its innovative artists’ residency program. Located in a converted 1920s automobile dealership, Artpace presents original works created by Texas, national and international artists during their residencies, along with contemporary art exhibits, lectures and other avant-garde events in the Hudson Room. Every Friday, a mobile food truck serves delicious tacos curbside in the courtyard.
Blue Star Contemporary inspires, nurtures and innovates through contemporary art, hosting over twenty exhibitions each year within its four on-site galleries and multiple offsite locations within the community. These exhibitions feature both emerging and world-renowned artists from San Antonio and across the globe. Blue Star’s MOSAIC after-school education program provides students with year-round arts education and exposure to the city’s artistic landscape.
Named for the late Texas Governor, Dolph Briscoe Jr. and his wife, Janey Slaughter Briscoe, the Briscoe Western Art Museum interprets history, art and culture of the American West. Museum highlights include Pancho Villa’s saddle, an authentic chuck wagon, and the three-story Jack Guenther Pavilion.
A world-class museum for kids, The DoSeum is a fascinating place where children can practice creative problem solving with interactive exhibits. The museum is home to the Sensations Studio exhibit that lets children use everyday tools and objects to observe the phenomena of light and sound.
The Institute of Texan Cultures features exhibits, programs and special events that examine and promote heritage, ethnicity, history, social issues and popular culture. Museum visitors have the opportunity to learn about the immigrants that settled in Texas and helped to create its modern, multicultural society.
The McNay Art Museum, housed in a Spanish Colonial Revival estate, has grown into one of the best small museums in the country—the Wall Street Journal puts it in the top four—with a world-class collection of late 19th- and early 20th-century European and American art, along with changing exhibits in the Stieren Center for Exhibits.
The 100-year-old San Antonio Art League makes its home in the King William Historic District. The organization is dedicated to the support and exhibition of local and regional artists, with exhibits of various artists’ works featured throughout the year. The museum’s permanent collection includes 400 works of all media, primarily by Texas artists—paintings and water-colors, graphic art, photography, ceramics, sculpture, drawings, silverware, furniture, fabric and wall hangings.
San Antonio's main library is also an award-winning architectural masterpiece and a good place to view art. The “enchilada red” library was designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. The gallery focuses on local artists and the spectacular hanging glass sculpture is by Dale Chihuly.
The San Antonio Museum of Art showcases 5,000 years of history and culture from around the world. The Museum is home to one of the largest comprehensive collections of Latin American and Ancient Mediterranean World art in the United States. Collections of American, Asian, Contemporary, European, Islamic and Oceanic art also fill the museum.
Outstanding contemporary shows are held in the Russell Hill Rogers Galleries of the Southwest School of Art, the only independent college of art in the state of Texas. The campus is a historic landmark established in 1851 as the Ursuline Convent and Academy, the first school for girls in San Antonio. The grounds are breathtaking and slope down to a beautiful garden on the San Antonio River Walk. The school hosts regularly changing exhibits throughout the year.
The Witte Museum hugs Brackenridge Park and the banks of the San Antonio River. The Witte is primarily devoted to science and natural history, with wonderful children's exhibits and stellar traveling exhibits from around the world, but also boasts the best early Texas art collection in the state. The New Witte is designed for immersive fun. The new space has more than 170,000 square feet of renovations and expansions, allowing more exhibitions on dinosaurs as well as People of the Pecos and Texas Wild.