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The San Antonio Museum of Art is an art museum in Downtown San Antonio, Texas. Located at 200 W. Jones Avenue, the place is on the northern section of the famous Riverwalk, housed in the historic Lone Star Brewery building. It features a vast art collection that covers 5,000 years of human history. The Museum has art objects from the Colonial Period through the early 20th century. The extensive contemporary collection exhibits work by abstract artists such as Hans Hofmann, Helen Frankenthaler, Frank Stellaand and many others. The museum also features Asian art and antiquities from the Greek and Roman periods.

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HISTORY

In the early 1970s, the San Antonio Museum of Art Association´s Trustees bought the historic Lone Star Brewery complex and converted it into the San Antonio Museum of Modern Art, following a $7.2 million renovation. The newly renovated building opened to the public in March 1981. It was funded through grants from the Economic Development Administration of San Antonio, and numerous businesspeople and foundations.

After its opening, the Museum followed a path of expansion and growth. From pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, and Latin American folk art and eighteenth, nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and European art, it expanded to a comprehensive collection of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art, and an array of Chinese ceramics. The Chinese group which also included other Asian objects resulted in a 15,000-square-foot wing, The Lenora and Walter F. Brown Asian Art Wing. This section opened in 2005 is now considered the largest Museum of Asian art in the southern United States.

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COLLECTIONS

The museum houses more than 30,000 objects representing 5,000 years of history and culture from practically every area of the world, including one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of ancient Egyptian, Near Eastern, Greek and Roman art in the southern United States. One of its most important exhibits is a rare collection of Greek and Roman sculptures comprising portraits, funerary sculptures, and mythological elements.

The Latin American collection encompasses artwork from Mexico, Central and South America, and several countries of the Caribbean. It has one of the world’s most representative exhibits of Latin American folk art with a collection that is over 7,000 objects.

The Contemporary collection embraces American painting and sculpture produced after the II World War. It includes Contemporary Texas artwork from the late 1960s to present day.

HOURS AND ADMISSION

The admission for museum members and children under twelve years of age is free. Adults, seniors, students and military admission changes according to the kind of event presented at the museum, the day of the week and the hours (it is free Tuesdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. until closing time). It is a good idea to check the museum´s website for additional information. Anyway, the place closes on Mondays.

MISSION AND GOALS

Accredited by the American Association of Museums since November 6, 2000, The San Antonio Museum of Art is dedicated to collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting significant works of art from a broad range of history and world cultures. As part of this mission, the institution, following the highest professional standards, conducts educational activities, tours, and programs to engage diverse audiences and provide experiences aiming at strengthening and encouraging human understanding as well as a sense of wonder and discovery.

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