San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave., (210) 978-8100. Tu & F 10am-9pm, W, Thur, Sat, Sun 10am-5pm. $15, 65+ $12, under 13 free; free Tu 4pm-9pm & Sun 10am-noon.
San Antonio is a master at reworking old factories and industrial buildings into museums and living spaces. This slick museum was once the circa 1884 Lone Star Brewery complex. To efficiently tour its two wings, start on the ground floor of one and work your way up to the top floor, then cross over to the other wing and work your way down. Be sure to use the trippy glass elevator situated in the center.
The museum is known for its Latin American Art Center and Asian Art wing. Collection highlights include a painted gourd Crane that was one of Nelson Rockefeller’s favorites, a collection of animal mummies, and a colorful Chihuly blown-glass flower ceiling similar to the gigantic one that is displayed in the lobby of the Bellagio casino hotel in Las Vegas.
|painted gourd Crane at San Antonio Museum of Art in San Antonio, Texas|
|falcon mummy at San Antonio Museum of Art in San Antonio, Texas|
|Chihuly ceiling at San Antonio Museum of Art in San Antonio, Texas|
You can walk to or from here easily from The Pearl via the River Walk pathway. It take about 10 minutes. On the way you’ll view more art installations. On the west side of the river, “The Grotto,” by Carlos Cortes (2009), consists of a cave-like installation with water falls and a hidden grotesque face. A school of fish also enhances the walk.
|hanging school of fish on the River Walk near the San Antonio Museum of Art in San Antonio, Texas|
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