9 Free Must Visit Museums in San Antonio - Kid 101

9 Free Must Visit Museums in San Antonio

San Antonio Museum of Art

At the San Antonio Museum of Art, creativity is a passion that visibly manifests for artists and visitors alike. Featuring work from around the world, the Museum stands as a community bastion of intercultural mingling. Sample cool creations like masterworks of Japanese clay pottery, fairytale prints by Henri Fantin-Latour, and even your own art at a workshop or event! The Museum is dedicated to getting kids involved, so events for all ages (even babies at the Art Crawl tours) are always on the calendar. Check online for details.

Where: 200 West Jones Avenue, San Antonio, Texas 78215

Phone: (210) 978-8100

Email: info@samuseum.org

Hours: Tuesday, Friday from 10 am to 9 pm; Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Closed on Monday. Free — admission Tuesday from 4 pm to 9 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 12 pm.

The DoSeum

The DoSeum is, in a nutshell, every kid’s wildest dream. Think of an action verb — create, build, invent, explore — and you’ll do it here. Ever built a battery from a lemon, investigated an Eco Pond, or climbed to a tree house? Answer no to any of these questions, and you’ll definitely need to visit the DoSeum. Kids and adults alike will find something amazing to do, and get some pretty cool pictures in the process. It’s a museum unlike any other, so be sure to plan your visit!

Where: 2800 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209

Phone: (210) 212-4453

Email: info@thedoseum.org

Hours: Monday — Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm; Friday from 9 am to 5 pm; Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm; Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm. Free first and third Tuesday of every month from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Institute of Texan Cultures

The Institute of Texan Cultures is a Smithsonian affiliate and center for learning that brings together the vast array of heritages that express contemporary and historical Texas culture. Step back through history and relive the exciting eras that defined Texas, from its Wild West beginnings to its melting pot flair and inimitable independence as championed by the Institute’s declaration of “Texas One and All.” Children’s programming is always available and explores a variety of interesting subjects, like Turkish history in Texas, regional sculptural styles, and international winter celebrations. There’s always something going on here, so be sure to visit.

Where: 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78205

Phone: (210) 458-2300

Hours: Monday – Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm; Sunday from Noon to 5 pm. Second Sunday of the month is free.

Holocaust Memorial Museum

Another cherished institute of learning is the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio. The diverse cultural heritage of the city is reflected in the citizens and history it remembers, showed in the museum’s dedication to preserving the past as integral to the future. In addition to displaying a large number of artifacts and historical documents, the Museum also hosts book discussions, lectures, and other events that are open to the public. Explore online for more details.

Where: 12500 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78231

Phone: (210) 302-6807

Email: info@hmmsa.org

Hours: Monday — Friday from 9 am to 3 pm; Sunday from 1 pm to 3 pm. Afternoon tours by appointment, holiday hours may apply. Admission is free, but donations are highly recommended.

San Antonio Missions

Recently named World Heritage sites, the five missions of San Antonio recall the introduction of Spanish Catholicism to Texas culture. The sites are full of history and mystery, making them great destinations for photo ops, weddings, parties, and scavenger hunts. Kids can access fun materials online, like coloring pages and a Web Hunt, but nothing compares to being there in person, so make sure you plan your visit today!

Where: Five different sites, visit online for details. Headquarters are at 2202 Roosevelt Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78210

Phone: (210) 932-1001

Hours: Daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Briscoe Western Art Museum

Relive your childhood fantasies at the one place that has the history and artifacts to bring them to reality! The Briscoe Western Art Museum houses some of the most iconic and legendary vestiges of Wild West culture, from Santa Anna’s steel and gold sword, to John Coleman statues, and even to Pancho Villa’s saddle! Up and coming events include the “Sounds of the West” Music Salon Series, the Native Film Series in February, and special gallery talks.

Where: 210 W. Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

Phone: (210) 299-4499

Email: info@briscoemuseum.org

Hours: Tuesday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm; Wednesday – Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays. Free Tuesday nights between 4 pm and 9 pm.

The Witte Museum

Partnerships with National Geographic and other research institutions make the Witte Museum a powerhouse of exploration and fun. From space science to digging up dinos, the Museum’s offerings always entertain and engage. The Museum’s specialties lie in its chronicle of South Texas history, documented and shared in multisensory, kid-friendly exhibits and programs available year-round. This three-story building houses some of the most exciting displays in South Texas, so be sure to visit.

Where: 3801 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209

Phone: (210) 357-1900

Email: info@wittemuseum.org

Hours: Free general admission every Tuesday from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

McNay Art Museum

The McNay Art Museum is home to a stunning array of styles, mediums, and voices in contemporary and historical art. Exhibitions are thematically diverse, featuring pieces that transcend convention and expectation, like an entire toy theater from 1911 on display for kids to explore. Programs and activities for families are abundant, as well: Free family days, ArtStrolls, Family Art Play, and the Art Cart: Family Gallery Kits are just a few of the offerings to explore here. Don’t wait, you’ll want to visit soon. Check online for details about events and programs.

Where: 5 miles from downtown San Antonio, 6000 North New Braunfels Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78209

Phone: (210) 824-5368

Hours: Free admission on the first Sunday of every month and every Thursday evening from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

“San Antonio: The Saga” at the Main Plaza

On an otherwise quiet city night, crowds gather in the Main Plaza of San Antonio to watch a fantastical flurry of neon images race across the façade of one of the city’s most beloved landmarks in a 24-minute video. This is none other than the “San Antonia: The Saga” audiovisual arts installation by celebrated artist Xavier de Richemont, whose work transports audiences through the centuries of history, culture, and civilization that contextualize what it means to be in San Antonio. It’s a stunning array that will constantly enchant the whole family, and events and celebrations — from concerts to book signings, and even a birthday party for the artist with free cake for all — are hosted regularly for community participation. You don’t want to miss this.

Where: 115 N. Main Ave., San Antonio, TX 78205

Phone: (210) 225-9800


Hours: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday at 9 pm, 9:30 pm, and 10 pm. Admission is always free.

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