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Institute of Texan Cultures

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Address: 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone Number: +1 210-458-2300
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This museum is dedicated to the contributions of different ethnic groups in...

This museum is dedicated to the contributions of different ethnic groups in Texas.

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It was so nice to be able to tell my family about this place and I was finally able to take them to it and show them exactly what I was talking about. They loved it too and I was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 July 2015
Daniel C
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Manteca, California
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Manteca, California
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2015

It was so nice to be able to tell my family about this place and I was finally able to take them to it and show them exactly what I was talking about. They loved it too and I was glad to be able to share this jewel with them!

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San Antonio, Texas
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95 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2015

Most reviewers call this place a museum, but it almost isnt. I think it is that and more. There are a lot of hands-on activities for all ages. There are also docents at different stations that explain what Texas was like through the eyes of the different peoples/cultures that settled Texas, or who were there from the beginning. And at... More 

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WILLIS
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2015

I have been here in the past and it is so full of artifacts about the settlement of this area. A must see.

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Flora Vista, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

We found a picture of a relative in one of the displays at the Menger Hotel. Tom in the photography department, not only helped us with the dating, but also found an archived picture of our relative in their files. He printed it for us and spent time searching for more history. We were excited to find unknown records of... More 

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2 Thank Tom S
James B, Public Relations Manager at Institute of Texan Cultures, responded to this review

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures is home to a branch of the University of Texas at San Antonio's library. One of the great assets we have is a photo archive of some 3.5 million images of San Antonio and South Texas, including the old San Antonio Light newspaper photo archive from about the 1920s to mid-1990s. There is also... More 

Rio Grande, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

Didn't realize before I visited this attraction that so many different cultures are represented in the state of Texas. The displays are educational and worth the time to visit. I particularly liked the various costumes on display.

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2 Thank Denise S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2015

Concise, informative exhibits---very creative, eye-catching, and "more than just history," it's truly a fun way to learn about the people of Texas.

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San Marcos, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015

Never boring and often with new exhibits to preview. Children enjoy the activites and history buffs can take their time to read all the information. The new exhibit pointing out the culture of Texans who did the hard jobs---building, harvesting crops, enduring second class status for the sake of their children's future---should not be missed.

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

Part of the 1968 Worlds Fair, this place needs some help. It needs to be updated, additional docents and a staff that is a bit more welcoming. Shows all the different groups that have settled in Texas and what they have contributed. The Back Forty is outside in the rear of the building. In the summer 7th graders from SA... More 

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James B, Public Relations Manager at Institute of Texan Cultures, responded to this review

The reviewer's subject line says the Institute of Texan Cultures needs some updates. The museum has actually been in a master planning process for the exhibit floor and has a concept of how to approach storytelling for a new generation. A sample of what this would look like is the new "Los Tejanos" exhibit, which explores the Spanish- and Mexican-Texan... More 

Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

This place takes multiculturalism to a whole new level. Traces the Texas contributions of every ethnic group you can imagine and a few you've never heard of (know any "Wendish" folks?). The surprisingly diverse historic contributions of the various groups that historically immigrated to Texas will fascinate all but the most disinterested museum goer.

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Spring, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2015

This is an amazingly wonderful place to spend a couple hours at , again great pics to be taken but so much history , YOu must spend time reading and taking in all thw place has to offer . PLUS its free ont he last sunday of the month and its a great place to have on your things to... More 

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James B, Public Relations Manager at Institute of Texan Cultures, responded to this review

Reviewer says the museum is free on the last Sunday of the month, which is incorrect. The museum is free on the second Sunday of the month (except June). The Institute of Texan Cultures also participates in the Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission for active duty military and their dependents, Memorial Day to Labor Day. - James... More 

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