Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio

Nov 14

Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio

Admission to the Institute of Texan Cultures is free on the second Sunday of each month (except in June, during the Folk Arts Festival) so we decided to spend Sunday afternoon downtown and explore the museum.

Admission is typically $8 for adults. We spent $8 on parking between the museum and Hemisphere Park. There are less expensive city lots but the were farther away.

The museum is laid out first with information and relics from the Native Americans that lived in Texas long before the Europeans came. Before the Coahuiltecans we learned about at the mission sites, the Native Americans in the Texas area were called Clovis. They lived here about 12,000 years ago. They received their name from the pottery and other evidence of their camp found near Clovis, New Mexico.

After we explored the Native American exhibits, we roamed around a few of the others showcasing all of the different ethnicities that helped Texas grow into what it is today. Displays and information about Polish, Dutch, Greek, Chinese, Japanese, African-American and more filled up the rest of the exhibit floor. We weren’t able to see all of the exhibits in the short time we had there. We definitely plan to go back to see more.

The museum also had a display of handmade quilts in an exhibit room and original paintings commemorating the Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday that remembers friends and family who have died. The holiday begins on October 31 and can last up to three days.

See photos of some of the displays at our Photobucket album.

Have you visited the Institute of Texas Culture? What did you think? Let me know in the comments or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.


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