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Texas Wild: Ecology Illustrated

Visit Texas Wild to see how an animal’s appearance and behavior are related to where it lives. How many animals have camouflage? Discover the adaptations that allow predators to find their food. This exhibit also includes Animals Alive! an area filled with live animals, including bees, spiders, and snakes.


Dino Hall

Be a dino detective. Paleontologists (dinosaur scientists) use fossils like those in the Dinosaur Gallery to find out more about dinosaurs. View the Triceratops and the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Discover what you can tell by looking at teeth—which of these dinosaurs ate meat, which ate plants?  Compare your foot size with a full-size dino footprint.

Mummies: Unwrapping the Past

Piece together history. Visit Unwrapping the Past to find out how people lived in Egypt thousands of years ago. Was the mummy a man or a woman? How did scientists learn about the mummy without unwrapping it? How does this relate to South Texas? The University of Texas Health Science Center did a scientific study on this mummy to unravel the mysteries about it. You will learn what they learned.

Log Cabins & Historic Homes

Old San Antonio in the backyard. The Witte’s backyard has historic houses from all over San Antonio. Walk around the homes to see what materials were used to build each one. Then try to build a your own log cabin in the hands-on “little log cabin.” Only the log cabins are open to visitors—the other houses are used for staff offices and museum programs.


  • The Ruiz House was the home of the city’s first schoolmaster,
  • The Twohig House was built in 1841 by John Twohig, an Irish
  • The Navarro House was built  in 1835 by Jose Antonio Navarro,
  • The Log Cabin was constructed in 1939 by 30 youths participating in President Roosevelt’s National Youth Administration program. The “dog trot” style cabin represents the type of cabin built by many Texas pioneers.