The Alamo and other San Antonio gems showcase history and culture online
If there’s one good thing about this whole pandemic business, it’s that museums and cultural centers are going above and beyond to make their resources available online.
Through electronic means, people are finding ways to discover more about the world around them while staying safely indoors.
While a visit to San Antonio is surely the best way to discover some of the city’s historical and cultural hot spots, many of its museums are offering the next best thing. From the Wiite Museum to The Alamo, these gems are allowing people to virtually explore all that they have to offer.
The Witte Museum features rotating exhibits, including exhibitions that highlight the dinosaurs and ancient people groups. Now visitors can explore the collections with interactive virtual experiences that everyone will love.
Learn more at wittemuseum.org.
You certainly won’t see a “no touching” sign in this museum. With interactive exhibits and plenty to do, the DoSeum has been inspiring creativity and sparking curiosity for years. Now they’ve brought this online with Do it at Home activities on their website, including story time and Q&As with the experts.
Bring the DoSeum into your home by visiting thedoseum.org.
Love art galleries and museums? The San Antonio Museum of Art, McNay Art Museum, and Briscoe Western Art Museum are all allowing visitors to gaze at their gorgeous collections virtually. Visitors can also access educational resources as well as fun activities for the kids.
We recommend taking a virtual tour of the exhibit Texas Women: A New History of Abstract Art. Through Sept. 6, the exhibit showcases abstract creations from women artists from the Lone Star State.
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
While going to a park virtually can seem like missing out on an essential piece of the experience, this offering might change your mind. The park’s website invites people to discover San Antonio’s historical missions, take virtual field trips, and kids can enjoy the Junior Ranger activities.
Discover what makes this place so special by visiting nps.gov/saan/index.htm
Who can forget the Alamo on a trip to San Antonio? Visitors can now explore this place of great historic significance virtually. The tour includes digital visualizations of the famous battle between Mexicans and Texans in 1836.
The software even allows visitors to superimpose how The Alamo looked nearly 300 years ago over the way it looks today, offering a unique perspective on the site.
Virtually step into this iconic place by visiting thealamo.org.
San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum
Perhaps now more than ever is a fantastic time to learn about the African American community, both historically and today. Black heritage is strong in San Antonio and the online exhibitions and exclusive newsletters offered by the museum are a great way to learn about and connect with this heritage.
View the online exhibits at saaacam.org.
The Institute of Texan Cultures
With nearly 30 million people, Texas is rich with culture and history. Looking to learn more about the history of Texas? The online offerings from this institute are a fabulous way to do it. Topics are so in-depth that educators can use the resources and lesson plans from their website as a supplement to their regular teaching materials.
Learn more at texancultures.utsa.edu.
Blue Star Contemporary
For those who would rather listen than look, the podcast from Blue Star Contemporary is a great resource to brighten anyone’s day. The Blue Star Contemporary is a nonprofit who’s mission is to inspire the creative genius in us all by nurturing artists through innovative contemporary art.
Learn more about the group’s work, and be sure to check out their art sale, at bluestarcontemporary.org.
Take a peek inside the former residence of Walter Nold Mathis. An avid art collector, he decked out each room in the house with pieces to fit a particular theme. With over 12,000 objects to see, visitors can sometimes get lost in the collection. However, the virtual tour will draw visitors’ attention to the most unique and interesting pieces so they don’t miss a thing.
The tour is provided by the National Trust for Historical Preservation. Discover more of their online resources at collections.savingplaces.org.
This art gallery is displaying its treasures online through virtual tours. Visitors can test their skills by following along with their art tutorials.
See for yourself at rubycity.org.