Witte Museum

Archaeology
3:22 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Scientists Uncover Dinosaur Tracks At Government Canyon

SAC and UTSA volunteers with John Koepke.

The Witte Museum reveals clues for a mystery millions of years in the making.

“We knew about three or four tracks and we thought we had maybe 20 or 25 tracks total, but we ended up uncovering about 150 additional tracks over the last two weeks,” said Dr. Thomas Adams, who curates paleontology at the Witte Museum. The tracks he’s talking about are dinosaur tracks.

“Are they in a fairly central location together?” I asked.

“They are. They’re actually -- it’s a relatively small area in Government Canyon State Natural Area,” Adams said.

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Arts & Culture
2:56 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Witte Museum Part 2: The Timeline For Renovations

The New Entry
Gallagher and Associates

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.

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Arts & Culture
3:49 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Witte Museum Soon To Be Unrecognizable

New Entrance to the Witte Museum
Courtesy of Lake Flato

One of the city’s oldest institutions is changing, and in a very big way.

"We’re adding 65,000 sq. ft., some of which is renovated space, some of which is new space," said Marise McDermott, president and CEO of the Witte Museum.

“The Witte is going through a major transformation, we’re very excited," she said. "It’s so radical, or so dramatic, that we are calling it the new Witte.”

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Arts & Culture
3:36 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

H-E-B Body Adventure Not Just An Exhibit, An Interactive Experience With Health

Toddler at food display.
Julie Ledet, Witte Museum

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.

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Arts & Culture
3:57 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Fiesta Gown Glamour On Display At The Witte's 'Fairytale Fiesta'

Fairytale Fiesta.
Julie Ledet, digital media coordinator at the Witte Museum

Every year the Witte Museum puts on a thematic Fiesta gown-oriented exhibition. Curator of Collections Amy Fulkerson lets us in on this year’s theme.

“A collection of gowns that are all inspired by fairy tales, stories or legends,” she said.

The gowns Fulkerson is talking about are highly elaborate, sequined, beaded Fiesta gowns with trains as long as 15 ft. These things look like they could’ve been worn at a royal coronation.

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Community
10:13 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Your Last Chance To Enjoy The "Old" H-E-B Science Treehouse At The Witte

The Witte Museum

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.

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Arts & Culture
3:30 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

The Witte's "CSI, The Experience" Lets You Become The Sleuth

Photo courtesy the Witte Museum

The Witte Museum’s new exhibition is a whodunit adventure. The new exhibit is called "CSI, the Experience" and like the TV program, murder is at its core. 

The Witte’s Shannon Standley walked us through the three grisly settings where fictional victims had met their demise.

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Arts & Culture
1:44 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Former Witte Curator Cecilia Steinfeldt, The "First Lady Of Texas Art," Dies

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.

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