Looking for a place to take the kids this holiday break? Take a trip to the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures located on 801 E Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard. This museum, which is a Smithsonian affiliate, highlights the uniqueness of the different people that have immigrated to Texas and the impact their backgrounds have made on our state. It was opened in 1968 in the midst of a wave of civil unrest including the Civil Rights Era and the Vietnam War. The University of Texas at San Antonio gained control of the museum in 1973 and designated it as a campus of the university, making admission free to UTSA students, staff, faculty, and guests.
Take a walk through the different interactive exhibits presenting the different cultures including Scottish-Texans, Polish-Texans, German-Texans, Jewish-Texans, Chinese-Texans, Japanese-Texans, Filipino-Texans, Lebanese-Texans, Tejano-Texans, Africa American-Texans, Native American-Texans, and more. Find your culture and learn about the contributions your people have made in shaping our great state.
In addition to the exhibits listed above, make sure to check out the limited exhibits presented. Currently these exhibits include African-American Figures made on quilt by local 7th and 8th graders (ends Mar 2020), a special highlight on Filipino traditions (ends Feb 2020), a photographic history of Tequila (ends Jan 2020), a visual history of San Antonio's rise to the Heavy Metal Capital of the world (ends Jan 2020), and many more.
Admission is FREE for UTSA students, staff and children 5 and under, $12 for adults, and $9 for seniors, military, non-UTSA college students, and minors.