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South Texas History Has a Home at the Witte Museum

Monday, May 14, 2012

I was recently invited to an amazing preview of the new Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center at the Witte Museum. This beautiful addition is included in the general admission and is the permanent home for South Texas history. It includes 150 years of artifacts and outlines the story of San Antonio and South Texas' rapid growth.

The official grand opening is May 26th, complete with a Boot Scoot & 5k Fun Run.

More on that later...

Because you want to see what it looks like inside, right?

Just as you walk in, there is a cinematic robot that greets you. Many of the exhibits have motion triggered audio and as you approach, it is already telling it's story. 

Upstairs showcases life in South Texas' early years including the Comanche tribe to ranching and drilling for oil in the early 1900's.

There are awesome life size figures, including a longhorn and a Comanche horseman.

An amazing feature is the 168 feet mural, digitally composed together from artworks of Porfirio Salinas, one of the first widely recognized Mexican-American artists, who grew up in South Texas in the early 1900s. 

Kids will enjoy interactive ranching games, lift open cases, 3 different types of saddles that visitors can actually get on top of, hands on activities and touch screen displays.

The center was so open, so vibrant and so refreshing!

Hope you can make it out. Can't wait to bring the kids back!

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