The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC) is a museum and library located in HemisFair Park in Downtown San Antonio, Texas. It serves as the state's primary center for multicultural education, with exhibits, programs, and events like the Texas Folklife Festival, an annual celebration of the many ethnicities that make up the population of Texas. It has been held yearly since 1972.
The facility, established by the Texas Legislature on May 27, 1965, originally served as the Texas Pavilion at HemisFair '68 before being turned over to the University of Texas System in 1969. UTSA assumed administrative control of the museum in 1973. In 1986, the System designated the Institute as a campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio. Now, it is part of UTSA's HemisFair Campus. It is located near the Alamo and the River Walk.
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|Sunday||12:00 – 5:00 PM|
Kelly Hamby | Feb 15, 2018
Fun source of information about the history behind Texas and its development over time. Some sources, such as cultural group growth and decline, were only updated through 2010. It would be nice to see more current records. We went with a large school group and had tour guides throughout the trip, plus we had the pleasure of visiting the outdoor buildings where employees/volunteers were on hand to make it more educational and fun for the class. I would like to see how interactive the location would be with a family-size group. On one hand, we would be able to take our time reading and reviewing the displays, which we couldn't do as a group. On the other, would we even be allowed to visit the outer buildings? Could we still obtain the same level of detail if those tour guides/employees/volunteers weren't present? I would certainly recommend this location for planned visits with large groups (7 years and older) & anyone wanting to learn about Texas in a fun environment.
Dominique Dumm | Jan 18, 2018
Loads of Texas history, and hurry because word on the curb is they close soon, like for good. Provides historical look at native Texans, buffalo soldiers, various countries migrants and their contributions. A great way to invest a few hours.
Mr GoogleHead | Jan 1, 2018
One of the best museums across the State of Texas. Thank God it opened the last day before my departure from San Antonio. They give discount to students and staff are professional and kind to visitors. You will definitely learn new things about the Texans culture.
Ariel Rodriguez | Feb 26, 2018
Had a great time! Its $10 per person unless you have a school ID you can get in totally free. Parking was a little hard to get to with the construction and traffic so plan ahead. Parking is free, the tower is not its 8$ for that unless you walk to the other side and just leave your car there in their parking lot. Everything was good except the African American side it mostly talked about jordans and snap back hats and todays hairstyles. The only thing that was vintage was the headwraps. They have lots of culture background for it to be covered with 20 century shoes and hats something that could be seen at river center mall.
Kathy Villarose | Feb 17, 2018
Fun day at the Asian Festival. TX State Korean Culture Club rocked the house!! Awesome dance performances.
Mark Olivares | Apr 12, 2018
This is a nice place to learn about our cultures hence in the name Texan Cultures. It is big and there is so much to see, might take about an hour to see all of them, an hour or two. Very fascinating. Especially the activities they do and demonstrate there such as how to weed cotton on the wheel. I recommend this for you and your family.
J Skinner | Apr 7, 2018
Field trip was less than stellar. The museum itself has great displays, but the kids were rushed through 4 stations in about 28 minutes, watched an 8-minute video, and shown out to the pavilion area, which was reserved for an hour. The buses had come late to the school to pick up the students, which isn't the museum's problem, but by the time they got there our guide was a little curt. My son's teacher asked at the end if they could take a few minutes to see some of the other areas the students had expressed interest in (since there were no other field trips going on) but she was told no. We're not even that far away on the edge of town, and the kids spent more time on the bus than they did inside the museum. :( Just disappointed.
Bill Ingram | Apr 18, 2018
The 1st time I went here, it was the Texas Pavilion at HemisFair '68. Lots of exhibits spotlighting the many cultures of immigrants to Texas... including Americans! My most recent visit was during San Antonio Beer Week. There's an exhibit right now called "Brewing Up Texas" that shows the history of brewing in Texas & especially in San Antonio. From the earliest breweries to the craft brewers of today. For Beer Week, samples from San Antonio craft brewers were available. Yes, you could drink Beer in a Museum! For 1 night only... If you go, there IS a $10 adult admission; cheaper for kids. A Whole Lot more to see than just beer... & there's an exhibit on HemisFair's 50th Anniversary, too!
Frank Fitzpatrick | Jun 12, 2018
This is a fascinating place. There are a number of people groups that immigrated to Texas not to mention a number of native groups that were here already and there's information and displays and narratives about all of them at the Institute of Texan cultures. The layout is thoughtful and comfortable. I was there during the Folklife Festival and they had six stages going with cultural presentations on each of them. It's a lot of fun.
Shawn Smith | Jun 29, 2018
Great place to take the family. Lots of cultural history pieces and a nice little gift shop. They also have the Texas Folklife Festival and the Asian Festival every year which are fun. If you like FOOD, try the festivals!!!!
Brandon Turner | Aug 7, 2018
Very friendly staff. It's kind of a big circle of exhibits about the different cultures of people who live(d) in Texas. It was a nice atmosphere, though I have to admit there wasn't really anything there I found very interesting or noteworthy. My Ukrainian girlfriend was a little sad they didn't have anything about Russians/Ukrainians, I guess the closest would be Polish. Anyway if you're interested in this stuff then sure, give it a visit.
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