UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78205 - United States





Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

A component of The University of Texas at San Antonio and a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Institute of Texan Cultures tells the story of the many cultures that came together to build Texas and create its unique identity. The museum’s main exhibit floor shows several exhibits on early cultures that came to Texas. Rotating exhibits allow museum guests to explore specific topics on Texan culture in more depth.


ITC’s Education and Interpretation Office will offer various family friendly activities throughout the day.

Main exhibit floor, featuring nearly 30 cultures that settled in Texas.

Mabuhay Filipino Texans
“Mabuhay,” presents the story of Filipinos in Texas. Filipino presence began as early as the 1820s, when Francisco Flores, a Filipino sailing on a Spanish ship, took up residence in Rockport. The exhibit takes its name from the Tagalog word meaning “welcome.” Mabuhay details Filipino culture, culinary traditions, military service, and other aspects of Filipino life in Texas. The ITC developed Mabuhay with the assistance of a Filipino community advisory board.

“Singgalot: The Ties that Bind”
Originally from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Service. Singgalot, roughly translated from the Filipino Tagalog language as “Ties that Bind,” initially explores the experience of Filipinos as colonial subjects and nationals, and further examines their struggles to acquire full citizenship as immigrants in the United States throughout the previous century. The exhibition uses rare photographs and illustrations from the National Archives, the Library of Congress and personal collections to provide a glimpse into the dynamic story, culture and contemporary issues of Filipino Americans.


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