Central Prairie (2017) by Witte MuseumWitte Museum
San Antonio's Witte Museum
The Witte Museum is located between the ancient San Antonio River and historic Broadway, a bountiful riverside campus with large and open galleries, where Nature, Science and Culture meet through the lens of what we call Texas Deep Time and the themes of Land, Sky and Water.
Pronghorn Antelope (2017) by Witte MuseumWitte Museum
When you visit, you will be immersed in the land, sky, and water inside and outside on the way to fully experiencing the place we now call Texas.
Acrocanthosaurus (2017) by Witte MuseumWitte Museum
Since the museum’s founding in 1926, the Witte welcomed visitors from throughout Texas and beyond. It became a trusted keeper of historic artifacts, stories and scientific specimens.
Cactus Flowers (1900/1999) by Robert Julian OnderdonkWitte Museum
The exhibitions, collections and programs of the Witte encourage the exploration of Texas, not only the land, water and sky, but also humanity and culture.
Deep Ocean (2017) by Witte MuseumWitte Museum
The Witte is Texas State and Federally certified curatorial collection repository and labs in archeology, history, geology and paleontology.
View of Valero Great Hall (2017) by Witte MuseumWitte Museum
The New Witte
The Witte campus provides countless moments of wonder. Many of these experiences are the result of a $100 million renovation and expansion of the Witte Museum over ten years, from 2007 to 2017 when the "New Witte" fully opened, with 174,000 square feet of change.
Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center (2012) by Witte MuseumWitte Museum
Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center
In 2012, the Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center opened in the historic Centennial building next to the original Witte Museum. The Center stands as a permanent home for exhibits on the history and art of Texas utilizing the latest museum practices.
H-E-B Body Adventure Powered by University Health (2014) by Witte MuseumWitte Museum
The H-E-B Body Adventure, Powered by University Health
In 2014, the Witte, along with more than 100 medical, public health and education leaders, opened the H-E-B Body Adventure, Powered by University Health. It was the first interactive health experience to use POWERpass technology and data retrieval in the U.S.
B. Naylor Morton Research and Collections Center (2014) by Witte MuseumWitte Museum
B. Naylor Morton Research and Collections Center
In 2014, the Witte opened the B. Naylor Morton Research and Collections Center to display the Witte’s iconic artifacts in visible storage, as well as offer space for scholars, archivists and school children to have close encounters with the still growing collection.
Susan Naylor Center (2017) by Witte MuseumWitte Museum
Susan Naylor Center
In 2017, the Witte opened the Susan Naylor Center, designed by Architects Lake Flato and with exhibitions designed by Gallagher and Associates. The New Witte architecture and galleries won numerous local and national awards.
Cabinets of Wonder (2017) by Witte MuseumWitte Museum
Susan Naylor Center
The Susan Naylor Center opens with the H-E-B Lantern into the Valero Great Hall and Gates Mineral Orientation Theater, and includes the Naylor Family Dinosaur Gallery, McLean Family Texas Wild Gallery, and Kittie West Nelson Ferguson People of the Pecos Gallery.
Ellen Schulz Quillin and her Camera (1920s) by Witte MuseumWitte Museum
Witte Museum Founder: Ellen S. Quillin
Ellen Schulz Quillin, a teacher and botanist, began her goal of starting a museum for the growing city of San Antonio in 1923 by enlisting her students and the community to help raise funds to acquire the H.P. Attwater natural history collection.
Main Avenue High School (1923) by Witte MuseumWitte Museum
San Antonio Museum Association
Quillin enlisted the help of community leaders to form the San Antonio Museum Association. The natural history collection was installed at Main Avenue High School on October 8, 1923, and the search for a museum location was launched.
Witte Museum facade (1926) by Witte MuseumWitte Museum
A Museum in Brackenridge Park
San Antonio businessman Alfred G. Witte died September 25, 1925, leaving $65,000 to fund a museum in Brackenridge Park. The Witte Museum opened, at the first bend of the San Antonio River and the third entrance to the Park, on October 8, 1926 as the first major museum in Texas.