Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Downtown Northeast
2755 N. Panam Expressway
San Antonio, TX 78208
Phone: (210) 229-9220
Fax: (210) 229-1242
Arts & Museums
A part of U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School in Fort Sam Houston, the United States Army Medical Department Museum is dedicated to the evolving medical specialty of Military Medicine and wartime collectibles. Exhibits include a huge collection medals, uniforms and paraphernalia used by medical professionals in the army since the late 1700s. Owned and managed by the US Government, this museum will definitely change your perspective about wars and war heroes.
For history or military fans, Fort Sam Houston Museum is a great museum to visit. Focusing on the history of the U.S. Army from its arrival in Texas in 1845 to today, the exhibits are filled with everything from flintlock rifles and old photographs to automatic weapons and uniforms. War videos play on a continuous loop throughout the day and give visitors a glimpse of what the military has done on our country's behalf. Visitors can also wander among the artillery pieces displayed outside.
Artistically inclined students at St. Philip's College should consider themselves fortunate because the Fine Arts Department of the college encourages them in every way to pursue their talents and use their potential to the best. Divided into genres of art, music, dance and theatre, the department holds exhibitions, plays and other events so that the students can actually display their creative side to the world outside. Theatre students have an added advantage of the Watson Theatre that comes under the governance of the same department. The theatre is also leased out on rent for other theatre groups to showcase their plays.
The city's science and natural history museum has increased its remarkable popularity even more with the adjacent HEB Science Tree house: a collection of interactive exhibits and activities for visitors of all ages. Permanent exhibits include ones featuring Native American cave paintings, archaeological artifacts, an Egyptian mummy, native Texan mammals, reptiles, and much more. Past touring exhibits have included gowns and memorabilia from Fiesta's Order of the Alamo coronation pageants, Dinosaurs Alive! and Microbes.
Housed in what was once the Lone Star Brewery, this museum boasts fairly comprehensive collections of both ancient and Asian art. The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art displays what is probably one of the most impressive collections of pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, and Latin American modern and folk art in the United States. On Sundays, the museum sponsors educational workshops for children, in which they can create their own pieces of art to display at home. The museum also plays host to touring exhibits such as one featuring Egyptian artifacts on loan from Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.
The San Antonio Fire Museum is dedicated to educating visitors on the history of firefighting in the city, fire prevention, and fire safety. See antique fire engines, uniforms, and firefighting equipment on display. The museum also hosts educational programs for people of all ages. A donation is requested from adult visitors, but children under 12 are admitted for free.
This is a fascinating museum honoring the heritages of the settlers who created Texas. Twenty-seven cultural and ethnic groups are represented in detailed exhibits featuring religious artifacts, household items, clothing, tools and more. The multi-screen video presentation shouldn't be missed, as it enhances the experience. As part of the University of Texas system, the museum offers educational programs, special exhibits, entertainment and symposia.
Originally the Mission San Antonio del Valero, the Alamo is by far the most famous historical site in Texas, playing a significant role in Texas' quest for independence from Mexico. Under the command of Col. William Travis, 189 Texan soldiers bravely defended this fort for 13 days before finally succumbing to Santa Anna's massive Mexican army in early 1836. The chapel and the Long Barrack are all that remain of the fort. Saved from civilian apathy by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the mission is now a museum containing relics from the era. Narrated tours are available.
Located directly across from the Alamo, this museum displays shocking wax mannequins so similar to the heroes, celebrities and fictional characters they represent, that it's almost creepy. You'll see Jim Carrey, Charlton Heston, Frankenstein, Dracula and many more. You'll feel like you got your money's worth in this odd museum. The weird items should be safe for kids, but if you have a squeamish little one, don't go into the cellar.
It all started in 1881 when trappers, hunters and cowboys traded deer antlers for beer or whiskey at Albert Friedrich's saloon. Now, the saloon/museum's Hall of Horns, Hall of Feathers and Hall of Fins house not only the largest, but also some of the most impressive collections of native and exotic wildlife around. If you're squeamish about mounted deer heads, fish and fowl, then don't go. If you're awed by how large deer antlers can grow to be, by just how large of a mouth that a large-mouth bass can have, or at the wingspan of native turkeys, then you'll love this place. You can even bring in a set of antlers or a stuffed fish to trade at the bar for a whiskey or sarsaparilla.
As you can infer from the name, exhibits in this small museum focus on the Mexican and Mexican-American cultures. With both cultures having a strong presence in, and influence on, San Antonio, the museum showcases exhibits and cultural events. Exhibits change throughout the year, but a past exhibit have included photographs by Mexican artists Lola and Manuel Bravo Alvarez, Juan Guzman and others.
Whether they are encasing themselves in a giant bubble, making beautiful artwork from discarded fabric and paper materials, or driving a child-size front-end loader, kids of all ages can easily spend an entire day at this museum. There are more than 80 special hands-on exhibits, a giant aquarium and even a kid-powered elevator. Housed in a 1940s-era building built as a dime store, the museum's multi-sensory exhibits focus on communication, the arts, economics, natural history, physical science, history and much more. Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free.