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San Antonio Museum of Art

200 W Jones Ave, San Antonio, TX 78215, USA
| +1 210-978-8100
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From Fermenters to Fine Art San Antonio Texas United States

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From Fermenters to Fine Art

Visitors to San Antonio are witnessing a rebirth and radical repurposing of former beer factories. The old Pearl beer works, abandoned years ago, will soon be reborn as a Kimpton boutique hotel, right next to the new Culinary Institute of America and a short walk to the wonderful Cured, a restaurant that specializes in house-cured charcuterie.

The San Antonio Museum of Art is housed in the redesigned Lone Star brewery, which proves to be an excellent museum structure: The cavernous, newly retrofitted building has lots of windows and skylights for abundant natural illumination. The museum has a good number of curated artifacts from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, as well as intriguing Pre-Columbian and Oceanic pieces. There's also some wonderful art from the Spanish Colonial period. The statue of St. Theresa (pictured) is from late 17th-century Guatemala. The under layer of her gown is painted gold leaf that was scraped away in flower-like patterns to simulate fabric.