The San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) is an art museum in downtown San Antonio, Texas, USA. With a collection spanning 5,000 years of global history, SAMA is the only fine art encyclopedic museum in South Texas. The Museum is housed in the historic former Lone Star Brewery (1886) in the San Antonio River Walk Museum. After a $7.2 million renovation, it was opened to the public in March 1981.
The museum’s collection of more than 30,000 artifacts covering 5,000 years of history and culture from every part of the world contains important works from the Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiques, Asian art, Latin American art, and contemporary art.
Ancient Mediterranean World
The museum holds one of the largest and most extensive collections of ancient Egyptian, Near East, Greek and Roman art in the southern United States. The Egyptian collection includes pre-dynastic artifacts from the late Roman and Byzantine periods. It also houses a significant and unique collection of Greek and Roman sculptures, including portraits, funerary sculptures and mythological subjects.
The Asian Art Collection is located in the Lenora and Walter F. Brown Asian Art Wing, a 15,000 square foot complex of galleries opened in 2005. Over the past 70 years, museum collections of Asian art have grown to become one of the most impressive in the United States, including more than 1,500 works from China, India, Japan, Korea, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet, and Vietnam.
Calima culture bracelet of 200 AD and Zenú earrings of 800 AD. On view of Latin American Art The museum has one of the largest collections of Latin American art in the United States. The collection is located in the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art, opened to the public in 1998. The Center provides an overview of works of art from Mexico, Central and South America, and many Caribbean counties, and one of the world’s most important galleries of Latin American folk art, with a selection of over 7,000 items.
A significant part of the Museum’s Contemporary Collection is dedicated to post-World War II American painting and sculpture, including the emphasis on modernist abstraction. In addition, it has always been dedicated to the collection of Contemporary Texas Art, which includes paintings and sculptures by Texas artists from the last sixties to the present day. The collection includes two paintings by Bonnie MacLeary, born in San Antonio.
San Antonio, Texas showcases these must-see museums you shouldn’t miss:
- San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
- San Antonio Museum of Art
- Spanish Governor’s Palace
- Edward Steves Homestead
These amazing museums are located just down the street from our location at 20770 U.S. Hwy 281 N #107. Stop by for a visit anytime!