Comfort Suites Alamo/River walk
505 Live Oak Street
San Antonio, TX 78202
Phone: (210) 227-5200
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Arts et Musées
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.
This is a fascinating museum honoring the heritages of the settlers who created Texas. Twenty-seven cultural and ethnic groups are represented in detailed exhibits featuring religious artifacts, household items, clothing, tools and more. The multi-screen video presentation shouldn't be missed, as it enhances the experience. As part of the University of Texas system, the museum offers educational programs, special exhibits, entertainment and symposia.
Located directly across from the Alamo, this museum displays shocking wax mannequins so similar to the heroes, celebrities and fictional characters they represent, that it's almost creepy. You'll see Jim Carrey, Charlton Heston, Frankenstein, Dracula and many more. You'll feel like you got your money's worth in this odd museum. The weird items should be safe for kids, but if you have a squeamish little one, don't go into the cellar.
It all started in 1881 when trappers, hunters and cowboys traded deer antlers for beer or whiskey at Albert Friedrich's saloon. Now, the saloon/museum's Hall of Horns, Hall of Feathers and Hall of Fins house not only the largest, but also some of the most impressive collections of native and exotic wildlife around. If you're squeamish about mounted deer heads, fish and fowl, then don't go. If you're awed by how large deer antlers can grow to be, by just how large of a mouth that a large-mouth bass can have, or at the wingspan of native turkeys, then you'll love this place. You can even bring in a set of antlers or a stuffed fish to trade at the bar for a whiskey or sarsaparilla.
Whether they are encasing themselves in a giant bubble, making beautiful artwork from discarded fabric and paper materials, or driving a child-size front-end loader, kids of all ages can easily spend an entire day at this museum. There are more than 80 special hands-on exhibits, a giant aquarium and even a kid-powered elevator. Housed in a 1940s-era building built as a dime store, the museum's multi-sensory exhibits focus on communication, the arts, economics, natural history, physical science, history and much more. Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free.
Briscoe Western Art Museum is located on Market Street, in Downtown San Antonio. The museum, named for one of the most beloved governors of Texas, Dolph Briscoe, boasts of an interesting collection of artworks typical to the Western regions of America. A part of the Public Library, the museum is home to several contemporary and historic pieces and artifacts, including some that date back to the time of the Spanish conquest of the 1800s! The place also hosts numerous exhibitions and workshops throughout the year for the benefit of art students and enthusiasts. Open from Tuesdays through Sundays, Briscoe Western Art Museum makes for an interesting visit. Check the website for more details.
Come by the Starving Artist Art Gallery to feast your eyes on some truly artistic items, that you'll be amazed to see what two human hands can create. Rare porcelain china, ornate jewelry, and other handcrafted items are all on display. If you look closely, you can see several minute, distinct forms of flowers and figurines etched into certain pieces. A visit to this gallery is a must if you're a lover of art.
With years of experience in the art industry and a family full of artists, owner Monte Wade sure does have a good taste when it comes to what is on display. Established in 1986, this gallery has various genres of art covered. You'll find both traditional as well as contemporary art on display. The gallery also features work by owner's sister Arlene LaDell Hayes and mother Juan Dell Wade. Come and browse through fine art in a beautiful setting.
Varied expressions of art are on display at the Alice Knight Studio - paintings, sketches, pottery, jewelry, collages, and sculpture. Gaze at the various abstract handmade works, or the shadowy montage of faces. A multi-talented artist, Alice Knight composes her own music too. If you always wished that someone did what Leonardo da Vinci did for Mona Lisa, then step in and have your portrait done in 30 minutes. If you lack the patience, then just hand over your photograph! Choose the way you'd like to have it done—charcoal or pastels. Planning to surprise that special someone—try taking them to this place and get a fabulous portrait done together.
As you stroll down the Historic arts village of San Antonio, don't forget to visit the Galleria II where you'll find varied expressions of art. Watch the artists work magic with their hands and bring blank canvases to life. Among the various paintings, you'll find the ones done in original oils, watercolors and acrylics. Also gaze in wonder at the stained glass works, wood carvings and folk art. You might just find the right piece to adorn your drawing room.
Nestled in the Esquida-Downs-Dietrick house of the La Villita village is the Little Studio Gallery. The house is 150 years old and as the name suggests, the gallery is a little studio displaying art and jewelry. If you're a collector of art, you'd be delighted to find regional artwork available at reasonable prices. Dories Fodge, Norma Funk, Mary Hetherington, Nell Latham, and Barbara McConnell are the featured artists, whose work has been displayed. If you're not one for paintings, then head towards the accessories section, featuring 'jewelry by Dot'.