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San Antonio Museum of Art

A world-class art institution with collections spanning several centuries and continents.

This spectacular 1884-era building, once the historic Lonestar Brewery, has been beautifully restored in its original location on the banks of the San Antonio River, a 30-minute walk north of downtown. Public art lines the Museum Reach of the River Walk, making this an interesting stroll. 

The museum’s collection of Asian Art is internationally recognized, both for its sheer size – there are over 2,000 works spanning 6,000 years – and the quality of the pieces. Marvel at a Chinese bronze steamer from 1600 B.C. and a 17th-century Korean Buddha statue.

Equally as impressive are the collections of relics from ancient Greece, Egypt, The Near East and Rome, including vases, statues and engravings. Stop at the entrance to the Egyptian gallery and admire a massive statue of the goddess Sekhmet. 

Collections of European, Islamic, Latin American and Oceanic art provide a fascinating insight into other cultures and times. The Latin American gallery houses one of the biggest collections of Latin American art in the U.S. Important paintings and decorative objects are arranged in chronological order. There’s an ancient drinking object from Peru, dating to the year 400, and an intricately painted Guatemalan platter from the year 600. There’s a page from a ninth or tenth century Qur’an in the Islamic gallery, and an important collection of Wedgwood China and Irish silver from Europe.

Contemporary art lovers aren’t forgotten, and the American Art collection houses works from many well-known artists, including John Singer Sargent and Ernest Lawson.

It’s worth taking your time through the extensive collections. Take a break at the museum café and stop by the gift shop for art books, prints and souvenirs.

There’s free parking at the museum, and it’s easily accessible by bus and water taxi.


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Hotel Contessa - Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk $143
Hotel Contessa - Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk

Hotel Contessa - Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk

306 W Market Street, San Antonio
     
    4.6
    of 5, from 8,347 reviews
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    This 14-story, Mediterranean-inspired hotel is on the Riverwalk, two blocks from the convention center, La Villita Historic Arts Village, and the Rivercenter Mall, and five blocks from the Alamo.

    El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel $68
    El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel

    El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel

    110 Lexington Ave, San Antonio
       
      3.5
      of 5, from 3,521 reviews
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      This 9-story family-friendly hotel, 6 blocks from the Alamo, overlooks the start of the Museum Reach section of the Riverwalk; the convention center is 9 blocks away.

      Red Roof PLUS+ San Antonio Downtown - Riverwalk $60
      Red Roof PLUS+ San Antonio Downtown - Riverwalk

      Red Roof PLUS+ San Antonio Downtown - Riverwalk

      1011 E Houston St, San Antonio
         
        3.4
        of 5, from 5,023 reviews
        2.5 out of 5.0

        Red Roof PLUS+ San Antonio Downtown - Riverwalk is a 15-minute walk from both the Alamodome and the eastern end of the San Antonio River Walk, which is lined with restaurants and shops. Guests can learn about the history and myths of the Alamo at the old fort itself, about a half-mile away.

        Omni La Mansion del Rio $143
        Omni La Mansion del Rio

        Omni La Mansion del Rio

        112 College St, San Antonio
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 3,319 reviews
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          Built on the banks of the Riverwalk, this seven-story, grand-hacienda-style hotel is 3 blocks from the Alamo, 7 blocks from the convention center, and 8 from El Mercado.

          Hotel Gibbs Downtown Riverwalk $88
          Hotel Gibbs Downtown Riverwalk

          Hotel Gibbs Downtown Riverwalk

          105 N Alamo Street, San Antonio
             
            4.2
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            Located in Downtown San Antonio, this hotel is steps from Alamo Mission in San Antonio and Alamo. River Walk and Shops at Rivercenter are also within 10 minutes.

            Best Western Premier Historic Travelers Hotel Alamo Riverwalk $89
            Best Western Premier Historic Travelers Hotel Alamo Riverwalk

            Best Western Premier Historic Travelers Hotel Alamo Riverwalk

            220 Broadway St, San Antonio
               
              4.2
              of 5, from 481 reviews
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              Located in Downtown San Antonio, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Travis Park, River Walk, and Alamo. Shops at Rivercenter and Tower of the Americas are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              La Quinta Inn & Suites San Antonio Riverwalk $106
              La Quinta Inn & Suites San Antonio Riverwalk

              La Quinta Inn & Suites San Antonio Riverwalk

              303 Blum Street, San Antonio
                 
                4.1
                of 5, from 1,842 reviews
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                Conveniently located in downtown San Antonio, La Quinta Inn & Suites San Antonio Riverwalk is close to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and 2 blocks from the Alamo and the Riverwalk.

                The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio $145
                The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio

                The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio

                420 W Market St, San Antonio
                   
                  4.3
                  of 5, from 1,875 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  This 14-story hotel is nestled on a bend of the city's famed River Walk. It is within blocks from The Alamo, the Convention Center, the Majestic Theater, and La Villita.