Time to Saddle Up and Get Over to the Briscoe Museum for Spring Break Fun
Time to saddle up and lasso some western fun during spring break roundup at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.
Spring into the West without ever leaving the River Walk at the Briscoe Western Art Museum! Extended hours during spring break mean the Briscoe will be open seven days a week March 13-19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day. Combined with the museum’s regular hours, the Briscoe will be open every day March 9-20, giving everyone the chance to lasso some Western fun this spring.
The Briscoe is also hosting its annual Spring Break Roundup March 16-18. With arts and crafts, scavenger hunts and tall tales, capture the excitement and adventure of the West for your spring break, learning about Western lifestyle and seeing the stories shared through Western art brought to life. The come-and-go program includes activities that celebrate the heritage and culture of the American West. Different activities will be available each day, bringing the West to life in a variety of hands-on ways.
Spring Break Roundup is included in museum admission, with no charge for craft supplies and no reservations required. Children 12 and under always receive free admission to the Briscoe, making it a wonderful destination for family fun. Caregivers must accompany participating children for each activity.
Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market St., San Antonio
Mar. 16 – 18
Scheduled programming includes:
- Thursday, Mar. 16: Texas Beauty Around Us, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Celebrate Youth Art Month and the beauty of Texas as you create your own landscape or wildflower artwork. Using some of the fantastic Texas artworks on display in the museum’s Marmion Gallery, an artist will lead families in discovering the beauty of Texas’ landscape and wildflowers. Everyone will then create their own landscape or wildflower artwork to showcase.
- Friday, Mar. 17: Animals of Texas, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Join the Briscoe to learn about some of the interesting animals that live in Texas! After completing a scavenger hunt to locate animals “hidden” in the museum galleries of the Briscoe, visitors can create their own stuffed animal! The program is great for all ages and families will enjoy taking home their own wild West critter.
- Saturday, Mar. 18: Full STEAM Ahead: Texas Tall Tales and Armadillos, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Part of the Briscoe’s “Full STEAM Ahead” educational series, step inside the Briscoe to hear about the tall tales of the West! Enjoy a tall tale story time, then learn how to draw one of our story characters – and the official small state mammal of Texas – an armadillo!
“Full STEAM Ahead” allows learners of all ages to work together and learn about the American West by engaging in hands-on STEAM learning experiences. Sharing the American West through STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics – each activity ties back to the Briscoe’s art and artifacts, bringing the West to life in a new way.
More Than a Ton of Fun
Spring visitors can enjoy more than a ton of fun with the latest addition to the Briscoe’s sculpture collection, “Bull Bison,” a bronze sculpture by Kent Ullborg that weighs 3,000 pounds. Larger than a real life bison, the sculpture is 7.5 feet high, 12.5 feet long and almost 3.5 feet wide, waiting to greet visitors along Presa St. And don’t miss “The Bronc”, a bronze sculpture by Veryl Goodnight that rides on the museum’s river drive. The new sculptures are on loan courtesy of the Jack and Valerie Guenther Foundation. The Briscoe campus, including the museum’s McNutt Sculpture Garden, features 34 sculptures that bring the West to life.
Visitors can also see “Bison antiquus”, an ancient bison skull discovered near the Red River on the Texas-Oklahoma border. On loan courtesy of the Jack and Valerie Guenther Foundation, the pristine condition of the highly collectible and decorative specimen makes it both art and history, though the Ice Age-era fossil is definitely older than the Old West!
The Briscoe’s regular hours are Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. During spring break, the museum will be open seven days a week, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free for children 12 and under and for active duty members of the military. Active duty family members and retired military receive discounted admission. The museum is proud to participate in Museums For All, Blue Star Museums and Bank of America Museums on Us. The Briscoe is located on the south end of the River Walk, near the Arneson River Theatre and La Villita, with convenient parking at the Riverbend Garage directly adjacent to the museum or one of many downtown surface lots. Museum hours, parking and admission details are available online.