Briscoe Western Art Museum

Briscoe Western Art Museum


Located on the banks of the San Antonio River Walk in the heart of downtown, the Briscoe Western Art Museum brings to life the vibrant culture and heritage of the Western United States. The Museum offers a permanent collection of Western art and artifacts, displayed in nine galleries in the beautifully restored 1930s former San Antonio Public Library building. Through painting, sculpture, photography, and historical relics, the Briscoe weaves together stories of the American Indian, Vaquero, American Cowboy, pioneering women, and others that define the American West.

Special Events 

Destino San Antonio
Through January 21
Museum Hours | Free Admission

Destino: San Antonio presents, for the first time, selections from the Briscoe Museum’s collection of over 600 stereographs of San Antonio, dating from the 1860s to 1930.  This experiential exhibition will include a replica arcade with vintage 3-D image viewers, video documentaries and interviews, historic city maps and directories, and interactive programming.

Thursday, October 4 | 5:30pm
Fall Fandango Concert: Celebrating the Briscoe’s 5th Anniversary
5:30pm: Doors Open; Bars and Food Trucks open
5:30pm – 8:30pm: Destino San Antonio exhibition open
7:00pm: Concert

 The Briscoe presents popular English/Spanish roots rock group Sisters Morales in a rare San Antonio engagement as part of the museum’s 5th Anniversary Celebration. Guests can also get an exclusive after-hours look at the special Destino San Antonio exhibition, showcasing vintage San Antonio in 3-D. 

 Join us for an evening of sweet harmonies, and lively Americana and Ranchera music held in the Briscoe’s beautiful McNutt Sculpture Garden on the banks of the River Walk.  Food truck fare will be available from Big Daddy’s BBQ and Mi Taquito Arandas Jalisco as well as beer and wine, and a special craft spirits and brews tasting area. Ticketed Event.


Saturday, October 6 | 2:00pm      
Voices of the West: Distinguished Lecture Series
Everett Fly - Stereoviews and Cultural Double Vision

Everett L. Fly, 2014 National Humanities Medalist, delivers an illustrated presentation referencing specific images from our fall exhibition, Destino San Antonio, that show the presence of African Americans everywhere from the city’s plazas to the famed “Flower Parade.” The appearance of blacks in such prominent photographs documents the complex and contradictory nature of racially segregated life in late nineteenth-century San Antonio. The city’s unique cultural landscape serves as subtext to expose legacies that have been erased, ignored, and hidden in plain view. Free for museum members | $10 non-members (includes museum admission).


Tuesday, October 9 | 6:30pm
210|West Gallery Talk
Curator’s Talk on Destino San Antonio

Artist and guest curator Anne Wallace offers a walkthrough of Destino San Antonio—highlighting her creative process and journey in conceiving the exhibition. Free admission.


Tuesday, October 23 | 6:30pm
Ekphrastic Poetry

Using the stereoviews in Destino San Antonio as inspiration, participants craft descriptive short poems informed by the people and scenes depicted in the exhibition. (Ekphrasis means “description” in Greek). This workshop is facilitated by San Antonio’s Poet Laureate Jenny Browne. $5 suggested donation.


Friday, October 26 | 10:00am -5:00pm
Briscoe 5th Birthday Bash

The Briscoe celebrates its fifth birthday with FREE ADMISSION and complimentary cupcakes.

210 W. Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

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