SAMA is San Antonio’s requisite “encyclopedic” museum, but under its most recent leadership it has concentrated its efforts in some particularly enticing areas — early Asian artifacts, including some rare and exceptional pottery; Latin-American art; and a redo of its Greek and Roman galleries to better show off the sculpture — and thanks to the recently endowed chair for modern and contemporary art, curator David Rubin is bringing the museum solidly into the 20th century The Lenora and Walter F. Brown Asian wing is an airy, contemporary complement to the historic Lone Star Brewery building that houses the other collections. The addition of a café run by Damien Watel overlooking the new Museum Reach of the River Walk — from which you can easily walk to the Pearl Brewery or downtown — makes it a day-trip-worthy destination.

Upcoming Events

  • "Heaven and Hell: Salvation and Retribution in Pure Land Buddhism" (Art)

    • Tuesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 10 $5-$10
  • Carlos Merida: Selections From the Permanent Collection (Art)

    • Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Aug. 1 Free-$10
  • Summer Art Camp: Drawing and Painting the Museum (Art)

    • Mon., June 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tue., June 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Wed., June 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Thu., June 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Fri., June 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $175-$200
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  • Docent Preview Session (Art)

    • Tue., June 27, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Tue., July 11, 4-6 p.m., Tue., Aug. 8, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and Tue., Aug. 15, 4-6 p.m. Free
  • Playdates: Fabulous Faces (Art)

    • Wed., June 28, 10-10:45 & 11-11:45 a.m. $5-$10

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