April 15, 2020

San Antonio, Texas: Ruby City; things to do

Ruby City  

150 Camp St.  Free.  Thur 12-8pm, Fri–Sun 12-6pm.  Free parking. 

shimmering crimson exterior of Ruby City art museum in San Antonio, Texas
shimmering crimson exterior of Ruby City art museum
in San Antonio, Texas


Designed by award winning architect Sir David Adjaye, this small jewel box of a contemporary art museum that is the Ruby City opened in late 2019.  What was once the  personal collection of the late Linda Pace—a local philanthropist and heiress to a San Antonio hot sauce fortune--includes more than 900 paintings, sculptures, installations, and video works that are heavy with local artists.  The name references the exterior crimson coloring of the shimmering building.  Viewing the entire displayed collection and the park across the street takes under two hours. 

gallery at Ruby City art museum in San Antonio, Texas
gallery at Ruby City art museum in San Antonio, Texas


outdoor sculpture garden at Ruby City art museum in San Antonio, Texas
outdoor sculpture garden at Ruby City art museum in San Antonio, Texas



Chris Park  

111 Camp St.  Tu–Sun 9am-6pm, Thur to 8pm.  

Located across the street, this 1-acre public green space celebrates the life of Christopher Goldsbury, the son of late artist Linda Pace.  Chris Park features walkways with glass “jewels” embedded in the concrete, and its lush foliage includes a mix of exotic species with those from south Texas--think a beautiful Hong Kong Orchid tree and a multi-variety Agave Garden.  Outdoor art, benches, and the small Ruby City Studio gallery round things out. 

giant agave plant at Christ Park in San Antonio, Texas
giant agave plant at Christ Park in San Antonio, Texas


More things to do in San Antonio.

Great ideas for travel adventures in California and the U.S. and around the world.

images ©2020 Carole Terwilliger Meyers


5 comments:

  1. Another great idea to tuck away for a future trip! Thanks Carole!

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  2. Part 2 comment: Just found your list of followers below and signed up to be one! Love that feature of Google blogs!

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  3. You are showing us some great diversions for a visit to San Antonio. It has been a few years since our last visit there and it looks like we need to plan another. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Looks like a fantastic museum to visit, I would go.

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  5. I love that giant sculpture outside the art museum!

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