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Wonder Awaits at the Witte!

Witte Museum Holiday Happenings

family members in the dinosaur gallery

10-acres of exhibitions, galleries and gardens. Explorations across land, sea and space. Interactive exhibitions that will entertain the family for hours.

Discover these, and so much more, this winter break at the Witte Museum, where wonder awaits you.

two boys smile while playing with an AR topographical map.

Explore Your World Special Exhibition

How quickly can you memorize an escape route? Can your family communicate effectively while navigating a shipwreck? What do the colors mean in topographical maps?

Complete a quest across land and sea as you Explore Your World in this special exhibition. Keep your family entertained with 19 interactive stations. Help your children solve puzzles and hone your navigation skills as you work together to bring your 2-D map to life.

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Every Family Plus membership comes with unlimited access to special exhibitions over the next 12 months—which means you could save $150 or more off standard admission pricing.

Looking for a unique holiday gift?

Spark joy this season for those who love to learn. Witte Museum Membership is the gift that keeps on giving!

Witte Museum members receive free admission all year, discounts at the Bolner Family Museum Store, invitations to members-only openings and events—like the annual holiday party—and so much more.

Delight the learner in your life and give the gift of membership.


family smiles while posing with Santa and the dinosaurs

Pictures with Santa Claus and the Dinosaurs

Saturday, December 16 • 10 a.m. – Noon

Final chance to combine the magic of Santa with the wonder of the Witte for holiday photos your family will cherish for a lifetime. Santa Claus will visit and take photos with museum guests in the Naylor Family Dinosaur Gallery.

Tickets: Free with Museum Admission. Please bring your own camera to take photos.

STEAM Sunday: Charting Space

Sunday, December 17 • 2-3 p.m.

How do objects in space move? Inspired by the special exhibition and the winter solstice, this hands-on workshop explores the orderly motion of objects in our solar system. You and your family will discover how to identify different objects in the night sky and make models and charts of space.

Tickets: $8 per participant + Museum Admission

White Shaman Preserve Tours 

Most Saturdays • 12:30-2 p.m.

Journey deep into the rugged Lower Pecos Canyonlands to experience the White Shaman mural, considered one of the most cosmologically complex narratives in the world, at the Witte Museum’s White Shaman Preserve.

Tickets: $15 (member) / $25 (non-member)


pronghorn horns and hide, tarantula, cactus and artwork

A State of Exploration

Explore the eight eco-regions of Texas through a treasure trove of objects from the Witte Collections—including seashells and fossils, insects and birds, handwritten journals and expressive illustrations—and gain inspiration for ways you can observe and record the world around you.

photos of charreada riders hung on the wall.

Mi Cultura—Bringing Shadows Into the Light: The Photography of Al Rendón

Experience the unique culture and spirit of San Antonio through the lens of photographer Al Rendón in this retrospective exhibition of his remarkable 50-year career.

Heron spreads its wings. Its reflection is seen in the water.

River Clicks: 2023 Award Winners

The San Antonio River Authority’s annual photography contest highlights the extraordinary features of the San Antonio River Basin. View the winning photographs, featuring submissions across Bexar, Wilson, Karnes and Goliad counties.

Wonders of Space Eclipse Encounters

Wonders of Space: Eclipse Encounters

What is a solar eclipse? Learn about the most recent partial annular eclipse that occurred in October and get ready for the upcoming total solar eclipse in April! Discover the difference in various types of eclipses and enhance your knowledge about the solar system.

artifacts from Battle of Medina

New Discoveries: Battle of Medina

More than 1,300 men died fighting for Mexican Independence in the 1813 Battle of Medina. But where did the battle take place? Experts have searched for decades, and now new evidence has been uncovered and is on display at the Witte.

Father and children awe while looking at meteorites.

New Discoveries: Welcome to Earth

In February, a 1,000-pound meteor rocketed toward Earth before shattering into hundreds of pieces that were scattered across the South Texas landscape. You can view the found meteorites in this new exhibition.

Still searching for Summer Camp options?

Classes are out and summer is here! Still making plans for your child’s activities? We have just a few spots left in Witte Museum Summer Camp sessions this June and July.

Our team of educators will lead campers through fun adventures focused on science, technology, engineering, paleontology, cooking and more.

Open to children aged 6-12. For questions about camp, contact

Explore Your World is presented by Traylor Ranches and generously supported by The Tobin Endowment and the Mary Pat and Michael Bolner Exhibition Endowment Fund. An exhibition created by Scitech Discovery Centre, Perth, Australia and produced by Imagine Exhibitions, Inc.

The exhibition Mi Cultura—Bringing Shadows Into the Light: The Photography of Al Rendón is presented by the Sally and Charlie Cheever Foundation and generously supported by Guillermo Nicolas and the WellMed Charitable Foundation. The book Mi Cultura—Bringing Shadows Into the Light: The Photography of Al Rendón is generously supported by Marsha Shields and the McCombs Foundation.
River Clicks: 2023 Award Winners is generously supported by the San Antonio River Authority.
Eclipse Outreach Programming is generously supported by the Simons Foundation. Promotional support is generously provided by KENS 5.
Battle of Medina is generously supported by Howard Energy Partners.
Welcome to Earth is generously supported by the Betty Stieren Kelso Foundation and Radiant Point, Ltd.