Museums in San Antonio


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  • 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 Plaza
    San Antonio, TX US
  • San Antonio Children's Museum
    Named San Antonio's Best Museum in the 2010 Nickelodeon Parents' Choice Awards, San Antonio Children's Museum has ushered more than two million guests through its educational wonderland since opening in 1995. Tykes can explore permanent exhibits such as Science City, with hands-on exhibits covering physics, engineering, and how to extract highlighter ink from lightning bugs. In PowerBall Hall, children man simple machines to send orbs up to a lofty cage until the chamber fills and unleashes a spherical torrent down upon the delighted little ones. Other exhibits impart lessons of financial responsibility and proper nutrition in a make-believe bank and market. Membership is calibrated for any permutation of the family unit, and grants amenities including unlimited visits for a year, a subscription to the museum newsletter “Spark!,” and access to more than 40 classes where kids can submit theses on baking-soda volcanoes for peer review.
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    305 E Houston St.
    San Antonio, TX US
  • Witte Museum
    The Witte Museum was born from many minds seeking a singular goal: to create a public forum that promoted lifelong learning. From a $65,000 gift bequeathed to the city of San Antonio after Alfred Witte's death in 1921, this museum of science, natural history, and South Texas heritage was built along the San Antonio River and named after the late Witte's parents. Today, the Witte Museum still pursues this wide range of knowledge with hands-on scientific and historical exhibits. The museum's long-term features portray the natural wonders of southern Texas, including ancient rock art from the lower Pecos, examples of local ecology, and dinosaur fossils found locally while trying to uncover lost time capsules.
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    3801 Broadway Street
    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
  • San Antonio Museum of Art
    Take an afternoon to explore the magnificent collection at the San Antonio Museum of Art. This museum features a variety of collections including American, Asian, European, Islamic, Latin American, Oceanic, and Contemporary art. They frequently host some truly exciting exhibitions such as Diego Rivera, Henri Matisse, and Andy Warhol among others. Lose yourself in this lovely museum. It’s a wonderful place to let your imagination and your feet wander—you never know what you might find! San Antonio Museum of Art also offers several classes, lectures, private tours, and performances. Each will serve to make your visit even more special.
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    200 W Jones Ave
    San Antonio, TX US
  • Arts San Antonio
    ARTS San Antonio brings cultural magic from around the country to South Texas. Chicago?s Joffrey Ballet, Cuba?s Arturo Sandoval, and New York?s Spanish Harlem Orchestra have all been presented by ARTS SA to enrich the community.
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    222 E Houston St
    San Antonio, TX US

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