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200 West Jones Ave.


Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 4.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Although it may not be as large as other art museums, the San Antonio Museum of Art is a cultural gem that's not to be missed. It hosts top-notch collections of Native American, Spanish colonial and Latin American art. What's more, the museum is also home to the largest collection of Asian art in Texas, not to mention a respectable grouping of more contemporary pieces.

Visitors are consistently impressed by the rotating exhibits that feature work by renowned artists, such as Harry Bertoia. The museum also holds a variety of special events every year ranging from film series to children's programs. If you don't make it here on your own, you'll find that it's a featured stop on many of the best San Antonio tours.

Sitting on the northern edge of downtown San Antonio, the San Antonio Museum of Art is open Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission costs $20, student admission costs $12 and children 12 and younger get in for free. General admission is also free Tuesday from 4 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. There's a large parking lot on-site where you can park for free; you can also choose to take bus No. 7, which stops across the street from the museum. The VIVA Culture bus also stops here. For more information, check out the museum's website.

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