This is a surprisingly great museum -- enjoyable and educational for all ages. Start with the short, overview movie shown on the dome in the center of the museum and then tour throughout the museum. The dome theater has 26 screens and is a 360 degree experience (best seats are by the cow!).
This was an intersting historical / cultural / social journey on the various cultures that lived in Texas. Besides the cultures (from the obvious Spanish, German, etc. to the lesser known such as Jewish, Chinese, etc.), this is a fascinating place. Of particular note was the unique culture of the Wends (a specific sub-culture of Germany) -- for example, their wedding dresses were black! Over time as they adopted Texan ways, the dresses lighten up from plain black to lighter shades of grey to ultimately white. You must read about this exhibit!
In addition to the regular, permanent exhibits, there are various special exhibits. When I visited, there was a great display on early Texas toys and another one on surrealistic (and clever) Texas art and photography.
There were not a lot of guides or security to ask questions to, but everyone was very friendly and knowledgeable.
The only negative was that this place (although located in downtwon San Antonio) is a bit out of the way and difficult to find. Hint --- it is located close to the Tower of Americas. Also, it would be helpful if there was guide / map provided for touring as the layout was a bit confusing.
ll in all, this is a great place and highly recommened. The museum is sponsored by the University of Texas and the Smithsonian Institute.
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