Witte Museum

Witte Museum

Museum Month Bonus

All new members who sign-up in person during Museum Month from participating organizations will receive $5 off a membership.


Botanist and high school teacher Ellen Schultz began her goal of starting a museum for the growing city of San Antonio in 1923. She began fundraising to acquire the well-known H.P. Attwater natural history collection the same year. Schultz and other interested local citizens including Lena McAllister, Ethel Drought and Mayor John Tobin formed the San Antonio Museum Association. Schultz organized schoolchildren to raise funds to acquire the Attwater Collection by selling bluebonnets and cakes and doing historical performances of Los Pastores. They raised enough funds and the natural history collection was purchased and installed at Main Avenue High School on October 8, 1923.

Currently, Marise McDermott was appointed as President and CEO of the Witte Museum in 2004 to usher in a new era of growth for the Witte Museum. Under McDermott the Witte Museum has made great strides in expanding the facility and continuing the standards set by Ellen Quillin for the original Witte Museum. In 2012 the Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center opened in the historic Centennial building next to the original Witte Museum. The facility stands as a permanent home for exhibits of the history and art of Texas utilizing the latest museum practices and technology.

Special Events

Confluence and Culture: 300 Years of San Antonio History
March 3, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Museum Hours | Free with museum Admission

Celebrate San Antonio’s Tricentennial at the Witte Museum with a multi-faceted exhibition that will portray San Antonio as the hub of the frontier under many flags over three centuries.

Visitors will experience how early Spanish settlement in San Antonio influenced the layout, economic and cultural development of the city through modern times. Seven immersive galleries include interactive experiences, gallery theater, historic artifacts, documents and a photo-real augmented reality story of the Battle of the Alamo. 


3801 Broadway St.
San Antonio, TX 78209

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