Confluence and Culture: 300 Years of San Antonio History

March 3, 2018 through January 6, 2019

Celebrate San Antonio’s Tricentennial at the Witte Museum with a multi-faceted exhibition that will portray San Antonio as the hub of the frontier under many flags over three centuries.

Visitors will experience how early Spanish settlement in San Antonio influenced the layout, economic and cultural development of the city through modern times. Seven immersive galleries include interactive experiences, gallery theater, historic artifacts, documents and a photo-real augmented reality story of the Battle of the Alamo. Scroll down to see more information about the exhibit.

$22 Adventure Pass
Experience all the Witte has to offer for one low price! Includes admission to the museum, Predators vs Prey: Dinosaurs on the Land Before Texas and Confluence and Culture: 300 Years on the Land Before Texas.

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A Conference on the Tricentennial
In March of 2018 the Witte Museum hosted a speakers conference centered on San Antonio’s tricentennial. The recordings of the conference are now available on the Witte Museum’s YouTube channel! Historians and experts cover: Indigenous peoples, Spanish colonial settlement, the missions, 18th century families, Tejano life, the Battle of Medina, the Alamo, confluence of cultures, the acequia system, German immigration, the Civil War, cattle drives, modern San Antonio, Spanish-language media, food traditions, music, World Wars I and II, labor and industry. Follow the link below to view the recordings.

Conference Recordings


The Cacophony

Experience a multi-sensory environment that will immerse you in the many voices, images and endless possibilities for historical interpretation. Listen, watch and experience the conflict and confluence of the many cultures that create San Antonio.



Frontera Gallery

The Frontera was established by the Spaniards to protect New Spain, later Mexico, from French explorers, Apache and Comanche raiders, and American adventurers from the English colonies. Explore artifacts and paintings from the pivotal era in San Antonio’s history and learn how the Frontera set the stage for San Antonio as it is today.



Building the City

Enter the Mission Era and learn how the foundation of San Antonio was developed from the beginning and then put your knowledge to the test at the Building the City interactive! Early San Antonio was built to represent a Spanish colonial town with a compact layout, a main plaza, and a city layout.




Explore a Jacal, or thatched wattle-and-daub hut, in the Tejano gallery. Learn the historical significance of these early homes and about the people that resided in them.




Battle of the Alamo Interactive

See the Battle of the Alamo come alive with 360-degree battle sequences that led up to the final assault on the Alamo. Grab your phone, or rent an iPad, and watch events take place as six historical figures emerge from the diorama and tell the story of the Alamo in a way you have to see to believe!



Electric Car

See a 1906 electric car that was involved in the first vehicle vs pedestrian accident on Alamo Plaza. The owner of the car, Mrs. Vanderhoeven, vowed to never drive again and the car remained out of site in pristine condition.

Confluence and Culture: 300 Years of San Antonio History is presented by the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation, a fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, and generously supported by Texas A&M University-San Antonio.