The Institute of Texan Cultures looks forward to your visit! Click on the frequently asked questions below to view the answers.
For any additional questions, contact us at (210) 458-2300.
Complimentary parking, and parking for those with accessible-parking hangtags, is available in the lot nearest to the main entrance. Street parking and city lots are available nearby.
Please note: During the Asian Festival and Texas Folklife Festival, visitor parking is not allowed on the grounds. Street parking and city lots, as well as VIA Park & Ride, are available to festival attendees.
Yes. A limited number of wheelchairs are available for visitor use.
No less than two hours. Guided tours, which must be reserved in advance, last about an hour and end with the viewing of the presentation in the Dome Theater, for a total of about 75 minutes.
Soft drinks, bottled water and snacks are available from vending machines and from The Museum Store. We are happy to give directions to a number of nearby restaurants.
With limited exceptions, photography is allowed and encouraged at the Institute of Texan Cultures.
The ITC’s Reservationist will answer all of your questions and gear your visit to the unique needs of your group. You can reach her at (210) 458-2291. Whether you are interested in a guided tour, a trip to the Back 40, a self-guided tour or a shady spot to enjoy your lunch, she will work with you to make sure your group has a great visit to the ITC.
The ITC’s Special Events staff is ready to discuss your needs and work with you to create a memorable experience.
Call the Special Events office at (210)458-2275 or e-mail ITCSpecialevents@utsa.edu to reserve a date or request an information packet.
Yes. The archives, library and photo collection are located on the third floor and are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Those with reference questions should call (210) 458-2228. In addition, much of the ITC’s digital photo collection can be found online at UTSA Digital Collections.
Oh yes! The biggest party in Texas takes place every June at the Texas Folklife Festival, which is held on the grounds of the Institute of Texan Cultures and celebrates the many unique cultures of Texas through music, food, dance and craftsmanship.
The Institute hosts the Asian Festival near the Lunar New Year. Asian cultures from the Indian subcontinent to mainland China to Japan and the islands of the Pacific gather on the ITC grounds for a daylong event that is held in January or February.
Other special events may be added to the ITC calendar, so check back often!
Absolutely! Whether you are looking for a one-day volunteer experience for a group, an individual wanting to train to be an ITC docent, or a teen interested in interacting with others on the Back 40, we are interested in talking with you about volunteer opportunities. Learn more here.