Best of SA 2018

Best Museum 

The Witte Museum

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Winner: The Witte Museum

3801 Broadway St., (210) 357-1900, wittemuseum.org

Ellen Schultz, a botanist and teacher, had a goal to start a museum as San Antonio was growing back in 1923. She held a fundraiser to acquire a natural history collection, selling bluebonnets and cakes. That same year, the collection was unveiled at Main Avenue High School, and began what is now known as the Witte Museum. Nestled in Brackenridge Park, the museum opened in 1926 and grew rapidly as paintings, historical artifacts and additional historic structures were added. During this time the museum became a gathering place for artists, researchers and scholars, but was welcoming to all in the community. The beloved museum celebrates the Lone Star State with visiting exhibitions, signature programs and permanent collections. Last year, the "New Witte" was unveiled, including a Dinosaur Hall, a People of the Pecos Gallery, an Acequia Garden and more where visitors can experience Texas through time. From the time of dinosaurs to Texas' rich cultural history of cattle kings and vaqueros, the Witte Museum is the perfect spot to learn more about what makes Texas great.

2. McNay Art Museum

6000 N. New Braunfels Ave.

(210) 824-5368

mcnayart.org

3. The DoSeum

2800 Broadway St.

(210) 212-4453

thedoseum.org

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