Comfort Inn & Suites Airport
8640 Crownhill Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: (210) 249-2000
Fax: (210) 249-2010
Arts & Museums
Harry Halff's fine art gallery is a collector's dream. It has 19th-century, European and American art as well as a small collection of early Texas works. Browse (or buy) the work of exceptional, though lesser-known, artists such as Jose Arpa and Diaz de la Pena. It's difficult to believe you can actually buy work so wonderful and take it home with you. Owners Harry and Lisa Halff purchase and sell fine art in addition to maintaining an extensive research library.
This Spanish-Mediterranean mansion, located in the heart of well-to-do Alamo Heights, houses impressive artworks from 19th and 20th Century America and Europe, in addition to one of the largest theater arts collections in the United States. Its grounds are as lovely as its collections, boasting fountains, streams, goldfish ponds and Japanese-style gardens. Recent touring exhibitions include works by Georgia O'Keefe, a collection of pop art and American Pictorial Photography. The auditorium and portions of the McNay Art Museum are available for private functions.
Magic Lantern Castle Museum is an interesting museum you will not want to miss witnessing while in the city. The magic lanterns are known for its slide projection since as early as the 1600's. The glass painted images were projected with the help of light on draped cloths, walls as well as on wet cloths. To know all about the history and techniques of picture projections, this museum is a must visit! Check out the website for more information.
The art lining the halls of San Antonio's airport between terminals I and II is truly Texan in its subject matter: cowboys, bluebonnets, cactus and the hot Texas sun are among the recurring themes. Posters and paintings depicting Fiestas past and present give color and enjoyment to the usually dull trip to the luggage pick-up area. Before rushing off to Fiesta Texas or to a meeting at your hotel, enjoy the original artwork here, meant to highlight what Texas and San Antonio used to be as well as what they are now.
This interesting attraction is definitely off the beaten path, as it is nestled away in North San Antonio not far from McAllister Park. Outside exhibits include antique horse-drawn carriages, a Studebaker Carriage and a horse-drawn fire engine. Inside, you'll discover a restored train depot complete with a steam locomotive, a Pullman car and a business car, all ready to be explored. Three functioning model railroads complete the discovery. As an added treat, if you visit on the first Sunday of the month, you can take a train ride on a one-third-mile track in the back of the museums grounds.
The city's science and natural history museum has increased its remarkable popularity even more with the adjacent HEB Science Tree house: a collection of interactive exhibits and activities for visitors of all ages. Permanent exhibits include ones featuring Native American cave paintings, archaeological artifacts, an Egyptian mummy, native Texan mammals, reptiles, and much more. Past touring exhibits have included gowns and memorabilia from Fiesta's Order of the Alamo coronation pageants, Dinosaurs Alive! and Microbes.
A part of U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School in Fort Sam Houston, the United States Army Medical Department Museum is dedicated to the evolving medical specialty of Military Medicine and wartime collectibles. Exhibits include a huge collection medals, uniforms and paraphernalia used by medical professionals in the army since the late 1700s. Owned and managed by the US Government, this museum will definitely change your perspective about wars and war heroes.
For history or military fans, Fort Sam Houston Museum is a great museum to visit. Focusing on the history of the U.S. Army from its arrival in Texas in 1845 to today, the exhibits are filled with everything from flintlock rifles and old photographs to automatic weapons and uniforms. War videos play on a continuous loop throughout the day and give visitors a glimpse of what the military has done on our country's behalf. Visitors can also wander among the artillery pieces displayed outside.
The San Antonio Holocaust Memorial Museum is made up of several exhibits intended to educate the public on the dangers of prejudice. The first exhibit displays the history of the Nazi era, and includes, video, print propaganda disseminated by the Nazis, photographs, and other documents. The second exhibit traces America's response to the Holocaust, including the stories of survivors who settled in San Antonio. Finally, there's an outdoor contemplative area that memorializes those who died in the Holocaust. Admission is free and tours are available through appointment.
Housed in what was once the Lone Star Brewery, this museum boasts fairly comprehensive collections of both ancient and Asian art. The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art displays what is probably one of the most impressive collections of pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, and Latin American modern and folk art in the United States. On Sundays, the museum sponsors educational workshops for children, in which they can create their own pieces of art to display at home. The museum also plays host to touring exhibits such as one featuring Egyptian artifacts on loan from Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.
Originally home to the Ursuline Academy School for Girls in the 19th century, this historic property was purchased in 1965 by the San Antonio Conservation Society. The Society feared demolition and decided to save the 10 acres. With reflections of French design, the conglomeration of small buildings is beautiful, especially the small chapel adorned with amazing stained glass. Today the center is where creative adult and child artisans of all skill levels learn and teach. With expert instructors, this is the place to learn traditional and contemporary arts and crafts. Even if you are not interested in taking a class, stroll through the grounds and visit the art gallery, the chapel and the Copper Kitchen Restaurant.
Artpace, a local foundation with national influence, anchors the art community with impressive exhibits, active public outreach and an international artist-in-residence program. Each artist's residency is launched with a potluck dinner, which coincides with the exhibit opening and is meant to introduce the resident to the community. Brown-bag lunches with discussions about current exhibits, lectures, seminars, film screenings and community events provide a context for the residents' work and encourage the public to become involved with the contemporary art community. The beautifully renovated 1920s-era building that the foundation calls home was once an automobile dealership. It is only one block from the River Walk in the downtown cultural district, near the Central Library.