San Antonio will soon get a new museum

August 28, 2013 by  

San Antonio, Texas, which is proud of its museums, will soon add another jewel to its cultural crown.

The Briscoe Western Art Museum is on track to open in the fall of 2013, and is located on the famous River Walk that winds through the downtown area. Featuring the history, culture, and art of the American West (and South Texas in particular), the project’s estimated cost is $30m, most of which has come from private donors, including Governor Dolph Briscoe, after whom it is named.

The city’s former main library, which was built in 1930, will become the museum’s main building. In addition to this structure, the campus of the new museum also features a sculpture garden, a courtyard, and a pavilion designed by Lake Flato – a San Antonio firm that has won a number of awards.

When the Briscoe opens, it will join the McNay Art Museum, the Witte Museum, and the San Antonio Museum of Art in presenting a wide range of exhibits. The latter of these has an extensive collection of Asian art, and is also known for its treasures from the Greek, Roman, and Etruscan civilizations. The McNay presents Renaissance and medieval art, as well as European and American art from the 19th through the 21st Century, while the Witte concentrates on natural science and history from South Texas.

Officials of the Briscoe could work with brochure printers to create a special booklet for museum visitors in its first few weeks.