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    »San Antonio Holocaust Memorial Museum

    The San Antonio Holocaust Memorial Museum is made up of several exhibits intended to educate the public on the dangers of prejudice. The first exhibit displays the history of the Nazi era, and includes, video, print propaganda disseminated by the Nazis, photographs, and other documents. The second exhibit traces America's response to the Holocaust, including the stories of survivors who settled in San Antonio. Finally, there's an outdoor contemplative area that memorializes those who died in the Holocaust. Admission is free and tours are available through appointment. 

    12500 Northwest Military Highway
    San Antonio, TX 78231

    »Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

    The largest institute of its kind in the United States, this arts center works to preserve, promote and develop the art and culture of the Chicano/Latino/Native American population. And boy, do they have a great time doing it. With programs focusing on dance, literature, media arts, theater arts, visual arts and Chicano music, this organization is truly multi-disciplinary. Each year the center produces a myriad of events, including the Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio and Hecho a Mano (Made by Hand) fine arts and fine crafts market, as well as plays by its own theater company, Los Actores de San Antonio, and performances by the Guadalupe Dance Company. The historic, beautifully restored Guadalupe Theater provides the performance space for the center's events and houses the visual arts gallery. Once the centerpiece of South San Antonio's entertainment district, the 1940s era building has witnessed a long history of live entertainment punctuated by cultural pride.

    1300 Guadalupe Street
    San Antonio, TX 78207

    »The Museo Alameda

    It is only fitting that the country's biggest museum celebrating Latin culture should have opened in the Hispanic haven of San Antonio in 2007. The Museo Alameda's selling point seems to be its affiliation with the Smithsonian Institute however, let this take nothing away from the sheer grandeur of this 20,000 sq. ft place where the permanent exhibits are as stunning as the temporary exhibitions. Local artists are encouraged whole-heartedly too. Free admission on Tuesdays!

    101 South Santa Rosa
    San Antonio, TX 78207

    »Artpace

    Artpace, a local foundation with national influence, anchors the art community with impressive exhibits, active public outreach and an international artist-in-residence program. Each artist's residency is launched with a potluck dinner, which coincides with the exhibit opening and is meant to introduce the resident to the community. Brown-bag lunches with discussions about current exhibits, lectures, seminars, film screenings and community events provide a context for the residents' work and encourage the public to become involved with the contemporary art community. The beautifully renovated 1920s-era building that the foundation calls home was once an automobile dealership. It is only one block from the River Walk in the downtown cultural district, near the Central Library.

    445 North Main Avenue
    San Antonio, TX 78205

    »Southwest School of Art & Craft

    Originally home to the Ursuline Academy School for Girls in the 19th century, this historic property was purchased in 1965 by the San Antonio Conservation Society. The Society feared demolition and decided to save the 10 acres. With reflections of French design, the conglomeration of small buildings is beautiful, especially the small chapel adorned with amazing stained glass. Today the center is where creative adult and child artisans of all skill levels learn and teach. With expert instructors, this is the place to learn traditional and contemporary arts and crafts. Even if you are not interested in taking a class, stroll through the grounds and visit the art gallery, the chapel and the Copper Kitchen Restaurant.

    300 Augusta Street
    San Antonio, TX 78205

    »Love Texas Gallery

    The art lining the halls of San Antonio's airport between terminals I and II is truly Texan in its subject matter: cowboys, bluebonnets, cactus and the hot Texas sun are among the recurring themes. Posters and paintings depicting Fiestas past and present give color and enjoyment to the usually dull trip to the luggage pick-up area. Before rushing off to Fiesta Texas or to a meeting at your hotel, enjoy the original artwork here, meant to highlight what Texas and San Antonio used to be as well as what they are now.

    9800 Airport Boulevard # 2137
    San Antonio, TX 78216

    »Casa Navarro State Historic Site

    This former home of Jose Antonio Navarro is now one of the best, but least known, gems of the city's history. Navarro was a prominent rancher and statesman and was one of only two native Texans of Mexican nationality to sign Texas' declaration of independence from Mexico. Built in 1848, the home was preserved by the San Antonio Conservation Society and now operates as a small museum conducting informative, interactive tours. Special activities are available for children as well.

    228 Soutth Laredo Street
    San Antonio, TX 78207

    »San Antonio Children's Museum

    Whether they are encasing themselves in a giant bubble, making beautiful artwork from discarded fabric and paper materials, or driving a child-size front-end loader, kids of all ages can easily spend an entire day at this museum. There are more than 80 special hands-on exhibits, a giant aquarium and even a kid-powered elevator. Housed in a 1940s-era building built as a dime store, the museum's multi-sensory exhibits focus on communication, the arts, economics, natural history, physical science, history and much more. Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free. 

    305 East Houston Street
    San Antonio, TX 78205

    »Buckhorn Saloon and Museum

    It all started in 1881 when trappers, hunters and cowboys traded deer antlers for beer or whiskey at Albert Friedrich's saloon. Now, the saloon/museum's Hall of Horns, Hall of Feathers and Hall of Fins house not only the largest, but also some of the most impressive collections of native and exotic wildlife around. If you're squeamish about mounted deer heads, fish and fowl, then don't go. If you're awed by how large deer antlers can grow to be, by just how large of a mouth that a large-mouth bass can have, or at the wingspan of native turkeys, then you'll love this place. You can even bring in a set of antlers or a stuffed fish to trade at the bar for a whiskey or sarsaparilla.

    318 East Houston Street
    San Antonio, TX 78205

    »Harry Halff Fine Art

    Harry Halff's fine art gallery is a collector's dream. It has 19th-century, European and American art as well as a small collection of early Texas works. Browse (or buy) the work of exceptional, though lesser-known, artists such as Jose Arpa and Diaz de la Pena. It's difficult to believe you can actually buy work so wonderful and take it home with you. Owners Harry and Lisa Halff purchase and sell fine art in addition to maintaining an extensive research library.

    7726 Broadway
    San Antonio, TX 78209

    »San Antonio Museum of Art

    Housed in what was once the Lone Star Brewery, this museum boasts fairly comprehensive collections of both ancient and Asian art. The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art displays what is probably one of the most impressive collections of pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, and Latin American modern and folk art in the United States. On Sundays, the museum sponsors educational workshops for children, in which they can create their own pieces of art to display at home. The museum also plays host to touring exhibits such as one featuring Egyptian artifacts on loan from Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.

    200 West Jones Avenue
    San Antonio, TX 78215

    »Ripley's Believe It Or Not! / Plaza Theatre Of Wax

    Located directly across from the Alamo, this museum displays shocking wax mannequins so similar to the heroes, celebrities and fictional characters they represent, that it's almost creepy. You'll see Jim Carrey, Charlton Heston, Frankenstein, Dracula and many more. You'll feel like you got your money's worth in this odd museum. The weird items should be safe for kids, but if you have a squeamish little one, don't go into the cellar.

    301 Alamo Plaza
    San Antonio, TX 78205
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