Recent Searches
Clear
San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA)
San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA)

San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA)

200 W Jones Ave, San Antonio, TX, USA, 78215

The Basics

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.

Show all
Go City: San Antonio Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 Attractions
Go City: San Antonio Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 Attractions
star-4.5
$77.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great Deal
Passes were easy to use. I called each place I planned to visit first just to be sure I didn't need to make reservations first (due to COVID) and had no issues. It turned out to be a great deal for our family. We went to Sea World, the zoo, Witte Museum, Legoland Discovery Center, and the amazing mirror maze.
Ashley_C, Apr 2021

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.

Show all

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.

Show all

Trip ideas

How to Spend 3 Days in San Antonio

How to Spend 3 Days in San Antonio

How to Spend 2 Days in San Antonio

How to Spend 2 Days in San Antonio

How to Spend 1 Day in San Antonio

How to Spend 1 Day in San Antonio


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.

Show all

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.

Show all