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From history to art, San Antonio is brimming with culture, which in turn means there are tons of museums. Whether you are looking to learn a bit about the Lone Star State or peruse the works of Picasso, there is a museum for you.
No trip to San Antonio is complete without a visit to the Alamo. As the most famous spot in Texas, this historical landmark is worth the trip. Located in the heart of the city, the Alamo is the centerpiece of the Lone Star State’s dramatic fight for liberty. Make your way into the Long Barracks Museum and Library, which is located by the chapel, to get your dose of Texas history. Discover the relics and mementos from the Republic of Texas or listen to the narration of the theatrical fall of the Alamo.
Art enthusiasts, you’re in luck: San Antonio is one of the country’s best cities for art. Venture to the McNay Art Museum for a real treat. As the first Texas museum for modern art, it was established by the endowment of the extensive art collection and former residence of Marion Koogler McNay. The collection includes Gothic and Medieval art donated by the Oppenheimer family; late 19th- and 20th-century American and European paintings by classic masters such as Van Gogh, Gauguin and Cézanne along with modern painters Jackson Pollock and Jasper Johns; sculpture; graphic arts; rare books; architecture and fine arts.
If the McNay isn’t enough, head to the San Antonio Museum of Art, housed in a former brewery. Odd, we know; but it works, especially given the beauty of this 1884 brick structure. Opened in 1981, this art museum is known for its Greek and Roman collection, Asian art, Latin American and folk art and American paintings. The latter collection includes landscapes and portraits dating from the colonial period to the early 20th century. The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art includes pre-Columbian, Spanish-colonial and Latin American folk art. Other exhibits include Egyptian antiquities, ancient glass, classical sculpture and more. If all this culture makes you hungry, a cafe is onsite.