Witte Museum

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Witte Museum
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Witte Museum in San Antonio, Texas
Witte Museum is located in Texas
Witte Museum
location of the Witte Museum in Texas
Established1926 (1926)
Location3801 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas,  United States
Coordinates29°27′43″N 98°28′02″W / 29.46187°N 98.467155°W / 29.46187; -98.467155
TypeNatural History History Science
DirectorMarise McDermott

The Witte Museum was established in 1926 and is located in Brackenridge Park in San Antonio, Texas.[1] It is dedicated to telling the stories of Texas, from prehistory to the present. The permanent collection features historic artifacts and photographs, Texas art, textiles, the Harry Hertzberg Circus Collection (which includes the Tom Scaperlanda Room), dinosaur bones, cave drawings, Texas wildlife dioramas and the four-story H-E-B Body Adventure, in addition to nationally acclaimed traveling exhibits. Artwork in the collection includes sculpture by San Antonio-born Bonnie MacLeary.[2]

The Witte Museum is named after San Antonio businessman Alfred G. Witte, who bequeathed $65,000 to the city for construction of a museum of art, science, and natural history.[3] The first Director of the Witte Museum was Ellen Schulz Quillin.[4]

In 2012, the Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center opened to the public as a permanent home for the Witte’s South Texas collections, exhibitions and public programs, combined with the latest museum technology, to trace the legendary history of South Texas. The Witte’s South Texas collections are links to the area's heritage and include saddles, spurs, basketry, branding irons, historical clothing, land grants, art and firearms. The Witte opened the H-E-B Body Adventure in 2014.[5]


  1. ^ "Home - The Witte Museum". The Witte Museum.
  2. ^ "MACLEARY, BONNIE". Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  3. ^ "History". Witte Museum. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  4. ^ Steinfeldt, Cecilia (June 15, 2010). "Quillin, Ellen Dorothy Schulz". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  5. ^ "History - The Witte Museum". 8 May 2015.

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