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San Antonio, TX 78218
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Arts & Museums
Magic Lantern Castle Museum is an interesting museum you will not want to miss witnessing while in the city. The magic lanterns are known for its slide projection since as early as the 1600's. The glass painted images were projected with the help of light on draped cloths, walls as well as on wet cloths. To know all about the history and techniques of picture projections, this museum is a must visit! Check out the website for more information.
This Spanish-Mediterranean mansion, located in the heart of well-to-do Alamo Heights, houses impressive artworks from 19th and 20th Century America and Europe, in addition to one of the largest theater arts collections in the United States. Its grounds are as lovely as its collections, boasting fountains, streams, goldfish ponds and Japanese-style gardens. Recent touring exhibitions include works by Georgia O'Keefe, a collection of pop art and American Pictorial Photography. The auditorium and portions of the McNay Art Museum are available for private functions.
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.
A part of U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School in Fort Sam Houston, the United States Army Medical Department Museum is dedicated to the evolving medical specialty of Military Medicine and wartime collectibles. Exhibits include a huge collection medals, uniforms and paraphernalia used by medical professionals in the army since the late 1700s. Owned and managed by the US Government, this museum will definitely change your perspective about wars and war heroes.
This interesting attraction is definitely off the beaten path, as it is nestled away in North San Antonio not far from McAllister Park. Outside exhibits include antique horse-drawn carriages, a Studebaker Carriage and a horse-drawn fire engine. Inside, you'll discover a restored train depot complete with a steam locomotive, a Pullman car and a business car, all ready to be explored. Three functioning model railroads complete the discovery. As an added treat, if you visit on the first Sunday of the month, you can take a train ride on a one-third-mile track in the back of the museums grounds.
The city's science and natural history museum has increased its remarkable popularity even more with the adjacent HEB Science Tree house: a collection of interactive exhibits and activities for visitors of all ages. Permanent exhibits include ones featuring Native American cave paintings, archaeological artifacts, an Egyptian mummy, native Texan mammals, reptiles, and much more. Past touring exhibits have included gowns and memorabilia from Fiesta's Order of the Alamo coronation pageants, Dinosaurs Alive! and Microbes.
For history or military fans, Fort Sam Houston Museum is a great museum to visit. Focusing on the history of the U.S. Army from its arrival in Texas in 1845 to today, the exhibits are filled with everything from flintlock rifles and old photographs to automatic weapons and uniforms. War videos play on a continuous loop throughout the day and give visitors a glimpse of what the military has done on our country's behalf. Visitors can also wander among the artillery pieces displayed outside.
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.
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.
Artistically inclined students at St. Philip's College should consider themselves fortunate because the Fine Arts Department of the college encourages them in every way to pursue their talents and use their potential to the best. Divided into genres of art, music, dance and theatre, the department holds exhibitions, plays and other events so that the students can actually display their creative side to the world outside. Theatre students have an added advantage of the Watson Theatre that comes under the governance of the same department. The theatre is also leased out on rent for other theatre groups to showcase their plays.
The San Antonio Fire Museum is dedicated to educating visitors on the history of firefighting in the city, fire prevention, and fire safety. See antique fire engines, uniforms, and firefighting equipment on display. The museum also hosts educational programs for people of all ages. A donation is requested from adult visitors, but children under 12 are admitted for free.
Originally the Mission San Antonio del Valero, the Alamo is by far the most famous historical site in Texas, playing a significant role in Texas' quest for independence from Mexico. Under the command of Col. William Travis, 189 Texan soldiers bravely defended this fort for 13 days before finally succumbing to Santa Anna's massive Mexican army in early 1836. The chapel and the Long Barrack are all that remain of the fort. Saved from civilian apathy by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the mission is now a museum containing relics from the era. Narrated tours are available.