Museums

Created Saturday, 10 March 2007 09:16

Here’s a short guide for people who wish to check the museums of San Antonio and what they have in store for its visitors.

First in the list is the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum. The museum offers unique interactive exhibits (like Gunfighters:  Outlaws and Lawmen of the Old West), which are both educational and fun.  In addition to the regular museum, four more museums make up the Buckhorn.  These include the Fins, Feathers, Horns, and the Hall of Texas History Wax Museums.  The Buckhorn Saloon is considered to be one of the best places to enjoy cold beer and great steaks.  The Buckhorn also has its own arcade and a curio store, which is known as the World’s Oddest Store because of the rare and odd items it offers.

The Mcnay Art Museum was built by Marion Koogler Mcnay in the 1920s, and was opened in 1954.  The museum showcases modern art and offers various educational programs for family visits and field trips alike.  Current exhibitions include the works of PaulGauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, and Pablo Picasso, just to name a few.

The San Antonio Children’s Museum is a museum that really is meant for children, to have fun that is. (Where else could you play in a museum?)  The Museum’s motto is “where children play to learn, and adults learn to play.”  Some of the museum’s exhibits include Runway#9 (where kids go on pretend flights anywhere they want), Good Cents Bank (where kids learn about bank accounts and atm cards, scaryyy), Holt End front loader (where kids work in a construction site), and Tooth Booth (where kids learn about teeth and dental care).  All in all, the Children’s Museum is more like a theme park, but a very educational one.

Now if you’re a fan of airplanes, then the Texas Air Museum is simply a must see.  The Museum has on display some of the earliest models in aviation history including the rare Focke Wulfe 190 (which was used by the Russians during WWII), Katherine Stinson’s Bleriot, and a vintage Waco 10.  The museum exhibits not only well preserved or restored aircraft models, but uniforms, weapons, and other items that were part of aviation history as well.  This is because the museum dedicates itself on sharing San Antonio’s role in the development of military air power.  This is why most of exhibits dwell on WWII.  It pays tribute to the people who were pioneers in the aviation industry, and to those who gave their lives for freedom and liberty.

Similarly, the Texas Transportation Museum (TTM) also collects, preserves, and displays aviation equipment, but it focuses on different modes of transportation as well.  The museum provides information on all kinds of transportation in and around San Antonio.  It began in 1964, and to this day, it is operated and maintained by volunteers who have a common love for vehicles.  The museum offers regularly scheduled train rides as part of its program.  The museum’s latest projects include the Raise the Roof Barbecue (a fund raising activity, and an invitation to people to help improve the museum), Restoration of the sleeper car McKeever and Santa Fe Business Car 404, and training of people interested in operating a locomotive.

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