Museums in King William


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  • Blue Star Contemporary Art Center
    This citadel of contemporary contributions to the art world is housed in a re-used and renovated 1920s warehouse on the bank of the San Antonio River. Since 1986, art has been bringing the forgotten space back to life, and four distinct gallery spaces play home to more than 20 exhibitions each year. Your family Blue Star membership is like a holiday stocking stuffed with delightful sugar plums and savory Reubens. You'll receive invitations to private openings, public lectures, education events, and fundraisers, as well as a subscription to Blue Star's quarterly newsletter. You'll also get a 10% discount at participating King William and Southtown restaurants for pre- or post-museum sustenance and a 10% discount on all Blue Star merchandise. Most importantly, you'll be supporting a local cultural institution that thrives not on advertising for mega marts or mega burgers, but on the support of regular folks.
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    116 Blue Star
    San Antonio, TX US
  • Institute of Texan Cultures
    “It’s the rare visitor who won't discover here that his or her ethnic group has contributed to the history of Texas,” noted the New York Times in its description of the Institute of Texan Cultures. The 26 different ethnic and cultural groups represented at the educational center incline one to agree with the Times. The article went on to list the institute as a top San Antonio attraction due to its “imaginative, hands-on displays” and kid-friendly features, including an adobe home and one-room schoolhouse. Along with heritage festivals and other events, the institute features both long-term and rotating exhibits, as well as a photo archive with more than three million images.
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    801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
    San Antonio, TX US
  • The Briscoe Western Art Museum
    The American West is alive and as wild as ever inside the Briscoe Western Art Museum. Through collections of art and artifacts, engaging cultural events, and educational programs, the Museum paints a vivid picture of the region's history and the shared heritage of the many storied individuals who have called it home. Crown Jewel: Santa Anna's sword, a handmade, 19th-century blade crafted from steel, gold, and leather for "the Napoleon of the West" himself Hidden Gem: a pair of unmarked, steel parade piece spurs from the 1950s Don't Miss: the Museum store, which sells handmade jewelry, keepsakes, Western books and other goods related to the American West Special Programs: a monthly book club and gallery talk, distinguished lecture series, docent-led tours, an annual Indian Arts market, American West-themed story time and film series Pro Tip: the museum is located on the banks of San Antonio's famed River Walk
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    210 W Market St.
    San Antonio, TX US
  • Texas Folklife Festival
    In 1968, a Texan delegate named O.T. Baker traveled to Washington, D.C., for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a spirited celebration of folk traditions from across the globe. Upon his return to San Antonio, he decided he had to recreate the multicultural magic in his own great state. Fortuitously built as part of the 1968 World’s Fair, the Institute of Texan Cultures hosted the first annual Texas Folklife Festival in 1972 in HemisFair Park. More than 40 years later, the festival is still going strong, celebrating an ever-expanding roster of dozens of distinct cultures and traditions through cuisine, crafts, and live performances. The latter range across multiple stages and through the crowds with acts from storytelling and music to traditional dances and traditional complaints that every other culture's mom serves better snacks.
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    801 East Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard
    San Antonio, TX US
  • Dinosaur Quest
    Take a walk down the prehistoric path past gentle giants and ferocious predators, fully assembled and posed for your educational viewing pleasure. Throughout the exhibit, cinematic lighting and all-encompassing audio enhance you and your youngster's dramatic encounters. In addition to awe-inspiring boney bodies, Dinosaur-Quest also hosts spectacular animated video simulations that convey the physiological elegance that any noble observer, man or beast, will appreciate.
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    849 East Commerce Street
    San Antonio, TX US
  • Ripley's Believe It Or Not
    Ripley’s has enthralled audiences for more than nine decades with its dedication to revealing odd and unexplainable rarities from around the globe. But it all began with one man: Robert Ripley, a wildly successful and eccentric character who rose to fame during the first half of the 20th century. After selling his first cartoon to Life magazine at age 14, he set out on a quick-paced career of drawing sports cartoons for the New York Globe. During a slow day at the office, he sketched nine unusual sporting events and finished his work with a title: “Believe It or Not!” It became immensely popular, allowing Ripley to travel the world in search of more bizarre stories to put into his comic strips. While visiting relatively unknown areas in locales such as India, China, and the inside of his neighbor’s chimney, he picked up a slew of unbelievable souvenirs that later became fixtures in several of Ripley’s museums, or as they’re affectionately called today, Odditoriums. Ripley’s now encompasses publications, attractions, a television show, and a blog, all of which carry Ripley’s tradition of reporting on the world’s curiosities.
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    301 Alamo Plz
    San Antonio, TX US
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