The San Antonio Museum of Art is an art museum located in downtown San Antonio, Texas, USA. Also known as SAMA, it is the largest encyclopedic fine art museum in South Texas, with a compilation spanning 5,000 years of global culture. The Museum is located on the Museum Reach of San Antonio River Walk in the historic former Lone Star Brewery. It opened to the public in March 1981, after a $7.2 million restoration. The museum provides significant permanent compilations of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman memorabilia, Asian art, Latin American art, modern art, and American paintings. The museum offers a wide range of activities.
The Latin American art wing Nelson A. Rockefeller encompasses the periods from the ancient Americas to the present, and contains an impressive array of folk art. Works of globally known artists are sharing popularity in contemporary galleries with notable Texas and regional art. The extensive Asian art section exhibits works from Korea, India, and Japan and features a significant catalogue of Chinese ceramics. Approximately half of the building is Asia, and half the Americas. A spectacular portrait of Mrs Elliot Fitch by John Singer Sargen is displayed. There are few audio tours and docent led tours but there is good interpretation next to every work.
The museum also operated a heritage streetcar service from 1982 through 1985, using an original San Antonio streetcar constructed in 1913 and called "Old 300." The all-yellow car functioned on Texas Transportation Company (TXTC) short section tracks behind it. TXTC was an electric railroad, running trains powered by overhead trolley wires, and its tracks continued to reach the former Lone Star Brewery site, where it was completed in 1981. Streetcar service in San Antonio ended in 1933, but the San Antonio Museums Association preserved car 300 at the time. In 1981, volunteers restored car 300 as a historic attraction to working condition. The museum remained to be the owner of car 300, lending it to institutions in Oregon, but after 1999 it sold the car to the Astoria Riverfront Trolley Association, which had run it on a famous heritage streetcar line in Astoria, Oregon. Anyone that are members of an organization of the North American Reciprocal Museum Association can visit the SA Museum of Art free of charge. Admission to members is free for adults, $20 for seniors (65 +), $17 for students and veterans (with ID) $12 for children 12 and under is also free. General access to Bexar County residents is free from 4–9 p.m. Tuesdays. And 10 a.m.–12 p.m. The museum is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-9 p.m, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays are open 10-5 pm and is closed on Mondays.
The best thing is that museum parking is quick to get across the street. Moreover, this location's ambience is awesome. All exhibits are easy to access if you have an impairment or need support. Exhibits also get modified. Permanent collections are fascinating and well presented. If you want to browse from floor to floor, give yourself ample time. It's quite navigable. The museum is a must-see if you visit San Antonio.
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