San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) Tours
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Just off the city’s River Walk, the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) is a must for anyone with an appreciation for art. It houses the largest collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Asian art in the southern US, with more than 30,000 pieces spanning 5,000 years in its collection.
SAMA is located in an old Lone Star Brewery building, just a 30-minute walk from downtown San Antonio on the Museum Reach of the River Walk. Visitors are often surprised by the museum’s collection. Its 6,000 square feet of gallery space devoted to Asian art is the largest of its kind in Texas, including the largest collection of Liao dynasty Chinese ceramics in the world. A large hall featuring Roman antiquities is sure to impress, as well.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Save money by purchasing a combination pass that gives you access to SAMA and other San Antonio area attractions.
- There’s an on-site restaurant, Tre Trattoria at the San Antonio Museum of Art, serving lunch, dinner, and brunch.
- The museum is fully accessible, with a limited number of wheelchairs and lightweight folding stools available for guest use.
How to Get There
SAMA is located at 200 W. Jones Avenue in San Antonio, about a 10-minute walk from the Pearl District and a 30-minute walk from downtown. You can access it from the River Walk on foot or by water taxi to the Museum Reach. The VIVA Culture bus and hop-on-hop-off buses stop in front of the museum, or you can rent a bike from one of the city’s many bike-share stations to get here.
When to Get There
Museum hours are 10am to 9pm Tuesday and Friday, 10am to 5pm Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. SAMA offers free admission Tuesdays from 4pm to 9pm and Sundays from 10am to noon, and the museum is generally busier during those times.
When Art, History, and Science Converge
In 2011, a San Antonio chemistry professor reached out to SAMA about exploring the use of X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy on some of the museum’s Roman marble busts, as well as 18th-century frescoes from the Alamo. This tool allowed scientists to detect chemical elements on the surface of the artwork that were no longer visible. They found that a sculpted portrait of Antinous, lover of Roman Emperor Hadrian, was formerly decorated with gold.
Address: 200 W Jones Ave, San Antonio, TX, USA 78215, USA
10 Tours and Activities to Experience San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA)
See San Antonio's top attractions and historic landmarks at your own pace with a 1-,2-, or 4-day ticket for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Explore the sites you like and hear informative recorded commentary aboard the double-decker tour bus. Learn about San Antonio's history, culture, architecture and more as you pass by the Alamo, HemisFair Park, Tower of the Americas and Cathedral of San Fernando, then browse the shops at the Rivercenter Mall along the River Walk.
Taking safety measures
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Combine two great tours for a comprehensive look at the city of San Antonio. First, enjoy a relaxing, 35-minute River Walk boat cruise along the San Antonio River. Then explore the most popular sites in San Antonio on a scenic hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tour. Visit popular sites like the Alamo, Pearl Brewery, the San Antonio Museum of Art, Market Square and many more. Select a pass, then board at any of the 19 stops to get to know the city in custom fashion, with live, onboard narration.
Combine two great tours, plus admission to an iconic landmark, for a comprehensive look at the city of San Antonio. First, enjoy a relaxing boat cruise along the San Antonio River. Then explore the most popular sites in San Antonio on a hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tour. Select a pass, then board at any of the 19 stops to get to know the city in custom fashion with live, onboard commentary. Finally, enjoy a spectacular view of Alamo City from the top of the Tower of the Americas.
Set your own pace as you sightsee with the San Antonio Explorer Pass, valid for 60 days after your first use. Select three, four, or five top attractions, tours, or activities, including perks such as skip-the-line admission. Enjoy discounts and save up to 40 percent on regular ticket prices to sites such as the Texas Ranger Museum, San Antonio River Cruise, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
Make the most of your time in San Antonio and explore at your own pace with this 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Ride around the city on a comfortable tour bus, hopping off whenever you like to explore sights such as the Riverwalk, the Tower of the Americas, and the Alamo. This ticket also includes admission to Tower of the Americas, saving you time waiting in line to buy tickets on arrival.
Book the San Antonio Super Saver pass to see the highlights of San Antonio at a great price. The pass is valid for 48 hours and includes the hop-on hop-off bus, admission to the observation deck at the Tower of the Americas, and its 4D Theater Ride, and the IMAX film about the Battle of the Alamo. The pass also covers entrance to the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Buckhorn Saloon, and the Texas Ranger Museum, making for a comprehensive way to experience San Antonio's attractions at your own pace.
Enjoy a Hop-On Hop-Off San Antonio sightseeing tour along with LEGOLAND Discovery Center admission. This double decker tour package helps you see San Antonio and save! The ALL NEW LEGOLAND® Discovery Center San Antonio is the Ultimate Indoor LEGO® Playground! Visitors to LEGOLAND Discovery Center can enjoy 2 rides, a 4D cinema, MINILAND® San Antonio, 10 LEGO Play Zones and more. Families with children ages 3-10 won't want to miss out on the fun! LEGOLAND Discovery Center San Antonio is located inside the Shops at Rivercenter in the heart of downtown San Antonio, steps away from the historic Alamo and World Famous River Walk. Adults must be accompanied by at least one child (aged 17 and under) to visit the attraction.
A convenient, hop–on, hop–off bus pass allows you to explore San Antonio without the hassle of navigating on your own. Enjoy live on–board commentary as you circuit the 19–stop route with sweeping views from the top level of the double–decker bus. Valid for 48 hours, this pass is a popular choice for visitors who want to make the most of their time in the area.
Experience San Antonio’s top attractions on a double-decker bus and boat excursion. Discover the city’s history and culture while floating down the San Antonio River Walk and visiting sites like the Alamo, Pearl Brewery, and San Antonio Museum of Art via a hop-on/hop-off bus. Stop by the historic Buckhorn Saloon and enjoy commentary from a knowledgeable local guide and complimentary admission/entrance fees.
See more of San Antonio with a combo package that includes a 72-hour hop-on hop-off bus pass and a 40-minute sightseeing cruise on the San Antonio River Walk. The river cruise offers a scenic and relaxing ride, and the double-decker bus gives you the flexibility to explore the city at your own pace, and disembark at attractions such as The Alamo.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA)?
The best ways to experience San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) are:
- City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
- San Antonio River Walk Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
- San Antonio River Walk Cruise, Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Tower of the Americas
- Go San Antonio Explorer Pass
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