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Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.
Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum
Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum

(210) 227-6960

116 Blue Star
San Antonio, TX 78204   Directions Website

Inspire your creative genius by experiencing life as an artist at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum.

As an artist-centric, educational, forward-thinking, and inclusive institution, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum has multiple complementary programs that any artist can join. Such as the Open Studios, a film series that goes behind the scenes at artists' studios, the Art Education Lap, which provides hands-on programming and educational content, and outreach events that include workshops, artist talks, panel discussions, and film screenings.

Holocaust Memorial Museum San Antonio
Holocaust Memorial Museum San Antonio

(210) 302-6807

12500 NW Military Hwy
San Antonio, TX 78231   Directions Website

Go back in time as you walk through the Holocaust Memorial Museum and explore the interactive exhibits, artifacts, films, and survivor testimonies that showcase the prejudice, hatred, and cruelty that Jews endured during the World War II Nazi reign.

Learn how the memory of the six million Jews and other innocent victims is being honored through educational programs and by promoting good citizenship, values, and respect for human dignity.

McNay Art Museum
McNay Art Museum

(210) 824-5368

6000 N New Braunfels Ave
San Antonio, TX 78209   Directions Website

Experience transformation through art at the McNay Art Museum, where they offer a unique experience filled with moments of surprise, inspiration, and beauty throughout their 25-acre campus.

Enjoy new exhibitions and hundreds of modern and contemporary artworks from the renowned Permanent Collection, which includes Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Are you planning a personal event, such as a wedding? Then you will want to explore the award-winning museum grounds and indoor spaces that have become an iconic choice for special occasion photos of all kinds.

Ripley's Believe It or Not
Ripley's Believe It or Not

(210) 224-9299

301 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205   Directions Website

Get ready to believe the unbelievable right before your eyes at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Explore the unusual and fascinating one-of-a-kind finds collected by the world-famous traveler Robert Ripley.

Discover unique pop-culture memorabilia, interactive games, prehistoric relics, shrunken heads, fertility statues, a Fiji mermaid, a two-trunked elephant, a 512-pound iron meteorite, the mortician's toe tag from Lee Harvey Oswald, and the mummified head of an American cannibal Alfred Packer.

Ripley's Guinness World Records Museum
Ripley's Guinness World Records Museum

(210) 226-2828

329 Alamo Plz
San Antonio, TX 78205   Directions Website

Ripley’s Guinness World Records Museum is officially amazing. They are one of the first museums in the world to give guests a chance to earn an official Guinness World Record Title.

Are you ready to challenge millions to claim your title? Join the new Attempt Arena, where you participate in daily live shows featuring official Guinness World Records adjudicators.

Not ready just yet? That’s okay! Walk around and enjoy the combination of world record artifacts, exhibits from groups of sports, space, animals, food, and human achievements. You can enjoy videos, touchscreen computers, games, and interactive trivia spread throughout 16 themed galleries.

San Antonio Art League & Museum | SAAL&M
San Antonio Art League & Museum | SAAL&M

(210) 223-1140

130 King William St
San Antonio, TX 78204   Directions Website

San Antonio Art League & Museum | SAAL&M focuses on Texas artists and houses over 600 works, which include paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, ceramics, and sculptures.

Revolving contemporary exhibits highlight local and regional artists such as the notable Robert and Julian Onderdonk, José Arpa, Emma Richardson Cherry, E. G. Eisenlohr, Martha Mood, Charles Umlauf, and Amy Freeman Lee, all representing the league's unique, diverse, and respected collection.

San Antonio Fire Museum
San Antonio Fire Museum

(210) 390-7236

801 E Houston St
San Antonio, TX 78205   Directions Website

Take a step back into the mid-1800s with the San Antonio Fire Museum, where visitors can check out the antique fire trucks, fire-fighting equipment, historical artifacts, beautifully archived documents, and photos.

On the kid tours, your kiddos can dress up in authentic replicas of firefighters' turnout gear and climb up on a 1953 International fire truck. They can also take a seat in the small theater and watch short videos on the history of firefighters and how they train today.

San Antonio Museum of Art
San Antonio Museum of Art

(210) 978-8100

200 W Jones Ave
San Antonio, TX 78215   Directions Website

See the world and be inspired with a visit to the San Antonio Museum of Art as they take you through five thousand years of art from around the world.

Tour the museum's renowned and comprehensive ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Korean, Indian, Japanese, and Chinese art collections.

TexPop San Antonio Museum of Popular Culture
TexPop San Antonio Museum of Popular Culture

(210) 858-8935

1017 E Mulberry Ave
San Antonio, TX 78209   Directions Website

TexPop San Antonio Museum of Popular Culture collects, conserves, and exhibits vintage posters and live music memorabilia to educate future generations on the unique culture that makes up San Antonio and Texas.

Texas Air Museum | Stinson Field
Texas Air Museum | Stinson Field

(210) 977-9885

1234 99th St
San Antonio, TX 78214   Directions Website

When you visit the Texas Air Museum at Stinson Field you will learn about the famous “Flying Stinson Family” and find out why San Antonio is considered to be the birthplace of American military aviation.

The museum represents vintage aircrafts centered around World War II, the Pacific and European theaters of that conflict, and covers in detail the early period and “golden-age” of aviation. Be sure to check out their gift shop containing toys, models, and more.

 

Texas Transportation Museum
Texas Transportation Museum

(210) 490-3554

11731 Wetmore Rd
San Antonio, TX 78247   Directions Website

The Texas Transportation Museum collects, preserves, and displays historically significant transportation equipment. Their guides operate a working passenger railroad, several model train layouts, and many road vehicles.

Venture through the museum and enjoy the entertainment experience that interprets how developments in transportation technology shaped and continue to impact daily life.

The Airman Heritage Museum
The Airman Heritage Museum

(210) 671-3055

2051 George Ave
JBSA Lackland, TX 78236   Directions Website

Journey through time at the Airman Heritage Museum as the USAF history and the distinct Airman culture comes to life through engaging exhibits.

View their national historical collection, attend a lecture, or take a tour as you participate in their educational and outreach programs.

The Briscoe Western Art Museum
The Briscoe Western Art Museum

(210) 299-4499

210 W Market St
San Antonio, TX 78205   Directions Website

The West starts here at The Briscoe Western Art Museum, where you can experience art and artifacts that tell stories that shaped the American West to life.

Through preservation of art, history, and culture, Briscoe Western Art Museum educates the public with engaging exhibitions, educational programs, and public events reflective of the region’s rich traditions and shared heritage.

The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum
The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum

(210) 247-4000

318 E Houston St
San Antonio, TX 78205   Directions Website

Kick off your boots and stay awhile at The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum, also known as the biggest attraction in downtown San Antonio.

As you walk in, soak up the history while you grab a drink in the oldest saloon in Texas.

Discover the exotic animal collection, saloon, cafe, The American Sideshow, Carnival of curiosity, gift shop, private event space, and The Texas Ranger Museum.

The DOSEUM | San Antonio's Museum For Kids
The DOSEUM | San Antonio's Museum For Kids

(210) 212-4453

2800 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209   Directions Website

Discover how experience grows curious minds, connects families, and transforms communities at the DoSeum, voted the best children's museum in the nation by USA Today.

Empower your kids to be creative with various lights and sound phenomena at the Sensations Studio. Allow them to join the Spy Academy as they get to solve their way through a covert mission as a master spy. Permit them to experience the child-sized utopia in Little Town with immersive environments like an airplane, a trolly car, a VetOffice, a Taco Truck, and even an H-E-B. Let them tinker with simple machines as they imagine, create, and build at the Innovation Station, and unleash their story-making skills in an environment-based scenario at Imagine It! station.

UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

(210) 458-2300

801 E Cesar E Chavez Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78205   Directions Website

Get ready to open the door to various dimensions of ancient culture through UTSA’s Institute of Texan Cultures and watch it come to life through simulations and shows that provide insight into the past, present, and future.

Immerse yourself in an interactive Texas history by exploring the ethnic and cultural history of the state through educational exhibits, programs, and special events created to entertain, inspire, and educate.

Villa Finale: Museum & Gardens
Villa Finale: Museum & Gardens

(210) 223-9800

401 King William St
San Antonio, TX 78204   Directions Website

Experience the beauty as you visit Villa Finale Museum & Gardens, one of the last homes of local preservationist Walter Nold Mathis who revitalized the historic King William neighborhood.

Take a self-guided or guided tour, and enjoy a close-up look at the unique art and antique collection.

Need to plan a special event? Ville Finale's facade, lush gardens, and river-side location provide a gorgeous backdrop for your wedding, graduation, quinceañera, or other special occasions.

Witte Museum
Witte Museum

(210) 357-1900

3801 Broadway St
San Antonio, TX 78209   Directions Website

Navigate your way through the Witte Museum and be inspired by the relevant and transformative experiences in nature, science, and culture.

Explore the natural history of Texas at the Witte Museum, featuring historic artifacts and photographs, Texas art, textiles, the world-renowned Hertzberg Circus Collection, dinosaur bones, cave drawings, and more.

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