To avoid last year’s embarrassment of inventing surrealism 90 years after the fact, it might do you good to visit an art museum and see what art movements already exist. Marvel and muse among the aesthetically astute with today’s Groupon: for $35, you’ll get a yearlong family membership to the San Antonio Museum of Art, a $75 value.
- Unlimited free admission for two adults
- Unlimited free admission for any dependent under 18
- Two membership cards
- One-year subscription to VIEW, SAMA’s member magazine
- Invites and free access to members-only exhibition previews, including the upcoming preview of Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960s (if redeemed by March 1, 2010) and To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum
- Free admission to SAMA Screens, the museum’s ongoing series of vintage and contemporary films
- 10% discount on museum store and restaurant purchases
Located in the former Lone Star Brewery complex, which was built in the 1880s, SAMA houses permanent collections of Western antiquities, Latin American art, early American art, and contemporary American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts, as well as the largest comprehensive collection of Asian art in the Southwestern United States. After you take in the stunning visuals, exercise your 10% discount at celebrated chef Damien Watel’s new Cafe des Artistes, opening February 15 along the Riverwalk on the museum’s campus.
Unlimited admission gives you instant activity for spur-of-the-moment dates, impulsive cravings for education, and rainy-day ennui. Debate brushstrokes Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays so that the art can come alive in peace.
Two Citysearchers give the San Antonio Museum of Art a perfect five stars, six Yelpers give it 4.5 stars, and two TripAdvisors give the museum four out of five: > * I had no idea San Antonio has such awe-strucking works of Art, paintings, sculptures (Greek, Roman, Asian, Indian, Eroupian [sic], Native American, African, Oceanic, Russian, and more!!!) Its [sic] amazing, and it…has a snack bar!… you’re even aloud [sic] to take a camera and take photographs!, the gift shop is incredible too! – escapeeast212, Citysearch > * This museum was quite a surprise. It is a bit out of the way but well worth the trip. I was extremely impressed with the collections inside. The ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman artifacts were surprising considering this museum is in San Antonio! They also had amazing Asian artifacts. This was one of the most memorable places I visited in San Antonio. – travel1982, TripAdvisor