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“So much to see”
Review of Witte Museum

Witte Museum
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USD 92.00*
and up
San Antonio Explorer Pass
Ranked #25 of 227 things to do in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Founded in 1926, the Witte Museum is where Nature, Science and Culture Meet, through the lens of Texas Deep Time, and the themes of Land, Water and Sky. Located on the banks of the San Antonio River in Brackenridge Park, the Witte Museum is San Antonio’s premier museum promoting lifelong learning through innovative exhibitions, programs and collections in natural history, science and South Texas heritage.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We were visiting San Antonio for the 2018 NCAA Final Four weekend, and had just 3 hours to explore this vast complex where, as their slogan says, "nature, science and culture meet." We were impressed by the dinosaur skeleton displays and the interactive areas for kids. We really enjoyed the exhibit designed to show off the sounds of nature, called "Sound of South Texas," narrated by George Strait. In the special exhibit celebrating 300 years of San Antonio history, we learned a great deal about San Antonio's place in the civil rights movement. Should our travels ever take us back to San Antonio, we will spend a full day at The Witte (pronounced witt-ee), where there is so much to see and discover.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Anita W
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We were in town for short visit and weather was bad so we searched for indoor activities, Witte museum was nice place to spend half the day. There is a lot of material educating you about San Antonio and Texas. We actually had fun at the health center building. You can re-enter the same day if needed. We went across street for lunch, then went back to building that we missed.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank HazeFam208
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

The Witte Museum was where I finally felt I understood Texas. I know that's a huge statement, so I'll try to explain how thoroughly the museum covered its subject, and how well it did its job of conveying a sense of place.
The entrance to the main building wowed me with its soaring high ceiling and great use of natural light. Big dinosaur skeletons toward the back were kid magnets, and transitioned guests into the galleries. My favorite was a gallery of Texas sounds. This space was narrow and dimly-lit, with benches on one side and a nature scene diorama with birds and animals on the other. The program, on a recurring loop, was narrated by two men (one famous) with distinct Texas accents. As the particular call or sound came up for each animal in the diorama, it was subtly illuminated by a spotlight. The program followed a day, with sounds from pre-sunrise all the way through nighttime dark.
The main building’s top floor had excellent native Pecos artifacts and a compelling display. It was done in a modern diorama style, models of humans in realistic scenes, with artifacts shown in glass cases that ringed the dioramas. The display was augmented by a visually wonderful video shown in a central, open room. It concluded with the Director and then the Collections Manager speaking eloquently about ancient native people.
The museum has a number of different buildings, so in other places I learned about differing times in the history of Texas. The South Texas Heritage Center had great historical displays and surprisingly insightful video interviews with people talking about the experience of their own families in Texas. Rangers, cattlemen, farming families: so many voices and eras were represented. All the different buildings made for a full day of exploring, but because the grounds surrounding them were so nicely landscaped, there were places outside to relax and take breaks.
A fun building for a quick visit was on the far south end of the grounds, where Collections are stored. An engaging, longterm volunteer greeted me and invited me into a small front gallery open to the public. It had seven or eight floor-to-ceiling display cases, one devoted to each of the Witte’s collections categories. Pull-out drawers below the glass-front case held dozens of additional objects, things visitors might want to see but which weren’t currently on display in the main galleries. Every item was numbered and described. There were so many great things in there! Native American art, turn of the century sheet music, original drawings, old weaponry, all of it fun to see.
The gift shop was small to mid-sized and had a decent selection of books. Two comfy leather chairs invited customers to sit and read. There was also a good balance of sciency toys & experiment box sets for older kids, plus nice reasonably-priced art glass, jewelry, and native handcraft beaded and woven accessories. A friendly clerk there was genuinely helpful.
Hundreds of schoolkids shared the space with me on the day I visited. They had fun, and so did I.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Richard G
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

We spent all our time in the history of South Texas area. You could learn a lot about this area from the time of Texas independence. You could learn very little about the First People, Spain, Mexico, and the Commanches who dominated this area prior to independence. The museum gift shop had no books about the Commanches.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank AmosRedux
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

We enjoyed this museum and would like to have spent another day here. There was so much to see and do. I really like that it was so spread out and you could enjoy the outdoor area as well.

Date of experience: March 2018
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