The Briscoe Unveils Monthly Locals Days!
Locals Can Head West from the Heart of the River Walk
To thank the San Antonio community for its support, the Briscoe Western Art Museum is making the third Saturday of each month “Locals Day”, greeting locals with 50 percent off of general admission. Bexar County residents can enjoy the Briscoe’s Locals Days through Fall 2020, including September 19, October 17, November 21 and December 19. As always, children 12 and under receive free admission, as do active duty members of the military, making the Briscoe a terrific spot for local families to enjoy.
“Like everyone else, we’ve been impacted by COVID-19. We’re grateful to the San Antonio community for its continued support,” explains Michael Duchemin, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Briscoe Western Art Museum. “Whether it’s the story of the cowboy, the vaquero, the Native American or the wildlife that still roams the range, Western history is unique to the United States. San Antonio played a key role in shaping the West, making it a must for locals who enjoy our diverse history.”
Safe and Socially Distanced: Travel West Without Leaving San Antonio
The Briscoe’s collection of Western art and artifacts showcases the stories of the West through visual art. Collection highlights include Santa Anna’s sword, works by Frederic Remington, Pancho Villa’s last known saddle, a fantastic Alamo diorama and artifacts, contemporary and historic paintings, sculptures, an impressive spur collection, and other cowboy and Native American relics, weapons and photography. The lobby even includes a bit of Mount Rushmore thanks to Abraham Lincoln.
One of the latest additions to the Briscoe is a bronze bust of President Lincoln sculpted by Gutzom Borglum, the artist who carved Mount Rushmore. The bust was crafted before Borglum began carving the likenesses of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Fans of Texas history will enjoy the Briscoe’s A-Tex Elliott Family Gallery, home to the museum’s popular display on the Battle of the Alamo. Featuring a legal document signed by Travis when he was working as a lawyer in San Felipe de Austin on the eve of the Texas Revolution, the gallery offers a new glimpse into William Barret Travis’ life before the Alamo.
Virtual Experiences Bring Added Dimensions to Visits
Visitors may enjoy self-guided tours, watch short videos and learn more about the artists behind the works through the Briscoe’s app, available for iOs systems. Lil Partner activities for children are located on the app, as well as the museum’s website through the museum’s “Beyond the Briscoe” program. The entire family can enjoy a scavenger hunt that explores the museum, play musical match-up or musical bingo, bringing the museum’s extensive collection to life for all ages.
The Briscoe continues to operate at 50 percent of its admission capacity, monitoring attendance through ticket counts and limiting admissions as necessary. The museum encourages social distancing through its acre and a half campus on the banks of the River Walk, with outdoor displays that include 32 sculptures extending from the museum’s McNutt Sculpture Garden, a lush public space that features a beautiful courtyard surrounded by bronze sculptures depicting iconic figures of the American West. The Briscoe’s collection also spans 14 galleries in a restored 1930s building that offers high ceilings and spacious areas for guests to stay safely socially distanced.
The museum’s health and safety protocols require that both staff and guests wear masks. Temperature checks are also conducted. Additional sanitizing and cleaning protocols are practiced throughout the day and both visitor services and the museum store feature plexiglass shields for additional protection.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. seven days a week. 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.
About The Briscoe Western Art Museum:
Preserving and presenting the art, history and culture of the American West through engagingexhibitions, educational programs and public events reflective of the region’s rich traditions and shared heritage, the Briscoe Western Art Museum islocated on the San Antonio River Walk at 210 W. Market Street in the beautifully restored1930s former San Antonio Public Library building. Named in honor of the late Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe Jr. and his wife, Janey Slaughter Briscoe, the museum includes the three-story Jack Guenther Pavilion, used for event rentals and programs, and the outdoor McNuttSculpture Garden. Follow the Briscoe on social media, @BriscoeMuseum.