Institute of Texan Cultures

Institute of Texan Cultures visitors should expect to come away with a better understanding of what, or better yet who helped to shape the history of the country's second largest state. More than 25 different cultural and ethnic groups are highlighted at this excellent cultural museum in San Antonio, and the interactive exhibits that cover them are spread out over 65,000 square feet. The scale of the Institute of Texan Cultures is impressive, as the entire complex is 182,000 square feet in size. The additional square feet include a one-room schoolhouse and some other interesting facilities that are worth checking out comprise it.

The Institute of Texan Cultures is a main component of the San Antonio branch of the University of Texas. Its exact location is downtown San Antonio's HemisFair Park, which is also where you will find the Tower of the Americas. This is the leading center for multicultural education in all of Texas, and it puts an emphasis on Texans in general. Texans One and All is the main permanent exhibit at this excellent cultural museum in San Antonio, and it offers a variety of sub-exhibits that take a look at the people who made Texas the state that it is today. You can learn about a Pearl Harbor hero, check out the Czech polka, and even learn how to write some Chinese numbers through the various interactive exhibits, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

When you're not learning about the people of Texas via the main exhibit and the various changing exhibits at the Institute of Texan Cultures, you might check out the Dome Theater, which offers a variety of Texas images, or see what the various outbuildings have to offer. In addition to a one-room schoolhouse, these outbuildings include a windmill and an adobe home.

Exhibits and outbuildings aren't the only things that this fantastic cultural museum in San Antonio has to offer. A number of shows, festivals, and other special events are held there, so you might keep that in mind when looking for things to do on your San Antonio vacation. Among the top annual events is the Texas Folklife Festival. This three-day festival in mid-June dubs itself as "the biggest cultural celebration in Texas!" and features plenty of good food and music to go with the enticing arts and crafts displays.

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