City Sightseeing Bus + Museum of Art Tour in San Antonio, TX

City Sightseeing San Antonio216 E Crockette StSan Antonio, TX 78205
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$53.05
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Overview

Ride in a double-decker bus and visit San Antonio's most popular attractions! See the city at your own pace with unlimited on and off privileges for three days. Professional drivers provide commentary as you take in the views, and passengers will receive free admission to the Museum of Art. Additionally, passengers receive delicious free samples at numerous local restaurants! There is no better way to explore Alamo City.

Good To Know

  • Family-friendly.
  • Tips are appreciated.
  • Unlimited on and off privileges.
  • Live commentary during the tour.
  • Tours take approximately 60 minutes if you stay onboard.
  • There are departures every 20 to 30 minutes, all day every day.
  • 2 Day Hop-On Hop-Off, w/ 3rd Day FREE + Museum of Art admission.
  • FREE Appetizer at Mad Dogs, FREE Krautwurst Balls at 'Biergarten', FREE Oyster Sampler at On The Bend Oyster Bar.

Description

from City Sightseeing Bus + Museum of Art Tour
2 Day Hop-On Hop-Off, with 3rd Day FREE + Museum of Art admission

This City Sightseeing combination ticket includes:
  • Admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA).
  • Unlimited access to the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour for three days.
  • Free coffee, water station, popcorn & WiFi for all passengers at 111 Alamo Plaza, 78205 - Opens at 8:45 AM, closes at 4:00 PM.


Please note: the San Antonio Museum of Art is closed on Mondays.

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour:
Travel around the city of San Antonio in a double-decker bus! Hop on and off as much as you like throughout the duration of your ticket. The route passes the Alamo, San Fernando Cathedral (the oldest cathedral in the state of Texas), the River Walk, SAMA, Market Square, and many other must-see attractions.

San Antonio Museum of Art:
Until June of 1994, when the San Antonio Museum Association was dissolved, the San Antonio Museum of Art was one of two museums – the Museum of Art and the Witte Museum of Science and History – operating under the auspices of the San Antonio Museum Association, which was chartered in 1925. In the early 1970s, the growth of the Association's fine art collections led the Trustees to consider securing new space for the art collection. Plans were initiated to purchase the historic Lone Star Brewery complex for conversion into the San Antonio Museum of Art. The buildings were acquired in the 1970s. Following a $7.2 million renovation, the Museum of Art was opened to the public in March of 1981. Funding for the renovation was secured through grants from the Economic Development Administration, the City of San Antonio, and a number of private individuals and foundations. A National Endowment for the Arts challenge grant helped establish the operating endowment.

At its outset, the Museum of Art emphasized the art of the Americas, including pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, and Latin American folk art. Included as well were eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth-century American and European paintings, photography, sculpture, and decorative arts. In 1985, the Museum received the unparalleled collections of Latin American Folk Art formed by former Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller and Robert K. Winn, establishing it at the forefront of American institutions collecting in this area. Major gifts from the late Gilbert M. Denman, Jr. and the acquisition of the Stark-Willson Collection established a comprehensive collection of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art. The Museum now has one of the largest collections of art of the ancient Mediterranean world in the southern United States. In the 1990s, Museum Trustees Walter F. and Lenora Brown began donating what has grown to over 500 Asian objects, mostly Chinese ceramics. This collection of Asian art now forms one of the finest Asian collections in the nation. These major gifts have been complemented through the years by hundreds of individually important gifts and purchases, to make it possible for the San Antonio Museum of Art to present to its audience significant artistic achievements of the world's cultures from ancient times to the present, in accordance with the mission statement.

In 1991, the 7,000 square foot Cowden Gallery was opened for changing exhibitions, and, in 1994, the 3,000 square foot Beretta Hops House was renovated, providing three classrooms for enriching art education programs. The Luby Courtyard was opened at the same time, providing an appropriate outdoor space for family days and other art celebrations.
In 1998, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art, a 30,000 square foot wing, opened to display Latin American art from all periods. In May of 2005, the new Lenora and Walter F. Brown Asian Art Wing opened. It is a 15,000 square foot addition that makes the Museum the largest center for Asian art in the southern United States. In May of 2009, the Museum Reach extension of San Antonio's famed Riverwalk was opened. To accommodate the Museum's new riverfront access, the Gloria Galt River Landing, a shaded pavilion, esplanade, and terrace along the Museum's north side, was built. The San Antonio Museum of Art received accreditation from the American Association of Museums on November 6, 2000. The institution now has a staff of nearly 100.
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Frequently Asked Questions about City Sightseeing Bus + Museum of Art Tour

What are the hours of operation? 
San Antonio Museum of Art:
Monday | CLOSED
Tuesday | 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday - Thursday | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday | 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday| 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

City Sightseeing San Antonio (Bus Tour):
Monday - Sunday | 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Is parking provided? 
Yes, there are many parking lots near our visitor center and Hop-On Hop-Off Stop 1. The two closest parking lots are at 328 East Crockett Street and Crockett Street / Bowie Street. Parking Lots are also marked on our 'Tour Route & Parking' page map.

Where is it located?
111 Alamo Plaza Street, 78205 (next to Kilawin’s Ice-Cream). Opens at 8:45 AM, closes at 4:00 PM.

Is the tour appropriate for children?
Yes, this is a family-friendly activity.

Can I bring my camera?
Yes, great photo opportunities!

How long is the tour? 
2 Day Hop-On Hop-Off, w/ 3rd Day FREE + Museum of Art admission. Our tours take approximately 60 minutes if you stay on board.

What’s included in my ticket/experience?
For our customers we provide FREE coffee, FREE popcorn, FREE bottled water, FREE Wi-Fi, and FREE charging stations. The three day City Sightseeing Bus Tour also includes:

  • Official City Tour.
  • Live Guide.
  • Fantastic Views.
  • Admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA).
Can I change the date of my tour after I buy it? 
Yes, you can begin our tours whenever you like - they're not date specific, so there is no need to tell us!

How does Hop-On Hop-Off work?
Our tours take approximately 60 minutes if you stay on board, but many customers use their tickets to hop-on and hop-off several times during the period that their ticket is valid. You can visit most of the sites we stop at, and then return to our stop and catch the bus again when you are done. The Bus Tour operates from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, with departures every 20 to 30 minutes, all day every day.

What's FREE in downtown San Antonio? 
  • Entrance to The Alamo - open from 9:00 AM, every day.
  • The Saga' at Main Plaza - 9:00 PM, 9:30 PM & 10:00 PM every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. 
  • Briscoe Western Art Museum is FREE on Tuesdays from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
  • 210 W Market St. Witte Museum is FREE on Tuesdays from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
  • 3801 Broadway. Blue Star Contemporary is FREE on Thursdays from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
  • 116 Blue Star St. Institute of Texan Cultures is FREE on the second Sunday of the month from noon to 5:00 PM.
  • 801 E Cesar Chavez Blvd. The Doseum is FREE (for families) on the first Tuesday of the month from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.
  • 2800 Broadway. McNay Art Museum is FREE on Thursdays from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 6000 N New Braunfels Ave.