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Celebrate Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA)

SAMA Riverwalk Entrance

The San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA), located in Downtown San Antonio, Texas, contains more than 30,000 objects exploring 5,000 years of art, people, and culture. To find out what the locals of “Alamo City” love to do, check out this Redfin article.

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Julian Onderdonk, Near San Antonio, ca. 1918

Opening its doors to the public in 1981, SAMA is renowned for the most comprehensive ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian art collection in the southern United States.

The comprehensive Asian art wing displays works from Korea, India, and Japan, and includes an important Chinese ceramics collection. Gallery spaces also hold extensive Latin American art and American art spanning from ancient times to Contemporary while highlighting notable Texas and regional art. With its rich history and a vast collection of art, the Museum offers a wealth of activities for visitors of all ages. SAMA is a great destination for families looking for a budget-friendly and culturally enriching experience.

As part of the museum’s commitment to making art accessible to everyone, SAMA hosts free art activities online. When you visit, you can take advantage of SAMA’s free tours, lush grounds, and nearby River Walk.

For Women’s History Month, Lana Meador, SAMA’s associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary art, highlighted works by women artists currently on view at the Museum. Over the past several years, the Museum has increased its representation of women artists through acquisitions and special exhibitions. SAMA, as well as other institutions across the globe, strive to correct centuries of under-recognition of women artists. Committed to showcasing these diverse voices, SAMA will be displaying the works of Mary Cassatt, Loïs Mailou Jones, and Elizabeth Catlett in the upcoming exhibition American Made: Paintings and Sculpture from the DeMell Jacobsen Collection. Organized by the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee, the traveling exhibition will open on October 14, 2023, at SAMA and continue through January 7, 2024.

Also on view at SAMA is Diego Rivera’s El Albañil (The Bricklayer), known for its appearance on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow. On extended loan to the museum, this work was considered a “lost work” from the artist’s student days and was misattributed because his mature signature was different.


Diego Rivera, El Albañil (The Bricklayer), 1903

Both SAMA and 1000Museums are committed to increasing the recognition of beauty, power, and artistic mastery of artists from all parts of the world, and therefore, to inspire future generations. 

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