The Witte Museum is undergoing a massive transformation. On the last report I detailed the Witte’s huge re-imagining, but any look at the future is made more interesting by looking at the past. I spoke with Witte President and CEO Marise McDermott about the museum’s history.
Just in time for summer exploring, there’s a new exhibit at the Witte Museum called the H-E-B Body Adventure powered by University Health System.
Curator of Archeology and Health Bryan Bayles calls it a “brand new, four-story, indoor-outdoor interactive experience that’s all about health IQ, empowerment and wellness.”
While that sounds a bit nerdy and wonkish, the actuality is anything but. During my visit I saw dozens of children going from exhibit to exhibit, interacting as they were supposed to, and very likely, learning all the while.
If you’re looking for one last hurrah before going back to school, the Witte Museum is offering a final chance to enjoy the "old" H-E-B Science Treehouse before it closes temporarily on Jan. 5 for a complete remodel.
The popular treehouse for kids is being brought up to state-of-the-art standards and will become the newly-branded H-E-B Body Adventure opening on May 24, 2014. This change will align the treehouse exhibit with the city’s new health initiatives.
Curator Emeritus Cecilia Steinfeldt, who served as an iconic and creative influence during her 60-year career, passed away Friday, May 17, in San Antonio.
Steinfeldt, who was born in Wisconsin in 1915, moved to San Antonio in 1923. Her parents enrolled her in art classes at the Witte Memorial Museum in 1925.
She became a young woman during the Great Depression, and after high school took advantage of the Mexican government’s offer of free art supplies and tuition to study art in Mexico City under Carlos Merida.