The Witte Museum in San Antonio, Texas has temporarily closed. On June 28, 2020, the museum decided to close until June 30th, 2020. This temporary closure is due to the Emergency Alert about the coronavirus. As The Witte Museum temporarily closes, they plan to monitor the situation closely and vow to keep the public’s safety as a top priority.
According to the Witte Museum website, Witte Museum in San Antonio, Texas functions to, “inspire people to shape the future of Texas through relevant and transformative experiences in nature, science, and culture.” The museum stands as a culture and social artifact in the hill country of Texas and holds an interesting history and plenty of things to learn.
The Witte Museum was begun by botanist and high school teacher Ellen Schultz, Her desire to open a museum for the San Antonio area began in 1923 when she started fundraising. Her fundraiser of choice was to enlist children to raise funds by acquiring the Attwater Collection by selling things like bluebonnets, cakes, and performing historical pieces. Eventually, she and her school children raised enough money to buy the natural history collection and place it inside the Main Avenue High School in San Antonio.
Schultz’s efforts eventually broadened and she was integral in establishing the foundation of what the museum is today. In the 1960’s the museum expanded by 60% and the modern Witte Museum was dedicated in November of 1960. Shortly after the dedication, Schulz retired and handed over the museum to a grounded community with a strong collection and high hopes for a bright future.
If you’re interested in viewing art, science, and natural history, The Witte Museum is the place to visit. The Witte Museum is located at 3801 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209. For more information call (210) 357-1900 or visit www.wittemuseum.org.