San Antonio Museum or Art

Entertain at the Museum

The San Antonio Museum of Art is the perfect venue for your next gala, corporate reception or wedding. For more information including preferred event professionals, schedule and pricing, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (210) 978-8158.

Visitor Tips and Policies

Guidelines and Policies for Visiting the Museum

  • Feel free to look, gaze or examine with your eyes, but please do not touch any works of art—fingerprints leave behind damaging oils. Keep your hands to yourself and be sure to walk carefully so you do not bump something accidentally. 
  • Please stay at least twelve inches away from labels, display cases and gallery wall surfaces to help keep the Museum clean for other guests to enjoy.
  • Leave coats, backpacks and other large bags in your vehicle or at the Front Desk.
  • Only pencils may be used in the galleries; the use of pens and markers is prohibited.
  • No food, drink, gum or smoking in the Museum.
  • Think twice before making or receiving cell phone calls in the Museum—it is a distraction to others.
  • Feel free to take videos and photos without flash or additional lighting. No photography is permitted in the special exhibitions. Learn more about specific photography policies and permissions.
Please note: A visit to the San Antonio Museum of Art or participation in any of the Museum’s programs constitutes an agreement by the participant and/or the parent or guardian to authorize the Museum to photograph or film participants and/or their artwork from time to time, without compensation, for possible use in publicity, website and marketing efforts.

Allow time to stop by the Museum Shop for souvenirs! For more information visit the Shop online or call (210) 978-8140. 

Group Responsibilities and Guidelines

Group Guidelines:

  • Visitors may not touch the works of art. 
  • Stay at least twelve inches away from labels, display cases, and gallery wall surfaces.
  • Food, drinks, gum and smoking are prohibited.
  • Flash photography is prohibited. Learn more about our photography policy.
  • Only pencils may be used in the galleries; the use of pens and markers is prohibited.
  • Leave coats, backpacks and other large bags in your vehicle or at the Front Desk.
  • Please put phones on silent and refrain from answering calls during your visit.
  • The Museum reserves the right to refuse admission to any group or dismiss any group for misconduct.

Chaperone Responsibilities:

  • Chaperones are responsible for the behavior of their group at all times—make sure students understand and observe the guidelines listed above. 
  • One chaperone is required per ten students. Chaperones must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Stay with your assigned group throughout the Museum visit and know where group members are at all times.
  • Avoid side conversations with other students or adults when on a guided or docent-led tour.
  • Attend promptly to any student causing a disruption; if necessary, remove disruptive students from the galleries and leave them at the Front Desk until tour is complete.
  • In case a student becomes ill, attend to the needs of the student. Security staff members can assist with first aid or cleanup procedures.
  • In case of severe weather or a fire emergency, follow instructions given by the security staff.

Before Your Visit:

  • Please review all guidelines and responsibilities with your group prior to your arrival.
  • See Getting Here for directions. Free parking is provided for personal vehicles and buses.
  • Plan to arrive at the Museum fifteen to twenty minutes before your scheduled visit.
  • Upon arrival, check in at the Museum's Front Desk—full payment for admission is due at the time of your arrival.
  • Any group arriving twenty minutes late cannot be guaranteed its scheduled guided tour.
  • If you are going to be late, please notify the Front Desk immediately by calling (210) 978-8100.
 

Photography

Photography Policy

General Photography Rules

Visitors to the San Antonio Museum of Art are welcome to take souvenir photos and video of the exterior and interior of the museum for their personal use. Flash photography and tripods may not be used in the galleries; they may be used on the grounds with advance permission from Museum staff. Visitors are asked to stay at least one foot away from works of art and display cases. The Museum cannot authorize photography of works of art in special exhibitions or on loan to the museum. 

Subjects are asked to wear appropriate attire, and not to block walkways, doorways, entrances, or climb on any sculptures or trees. The San Antonio Museum of Art reserves the right to restrict access to photographers during museum events and activities. In order to avoid conflict with certain large groups, please contact the Museum in advance. 

Please ask a Visitors Services representative if you have any questions concerning these rules. 

Portrait Photography

On the Grounds: The San Antonio Museum of Art requires a $20 fee from photographers, both professional and amateur, taking formally posed, portrait-type photographs on the museum grounds. For groups of ten or more, the fee is $50.00. This fee, either in cash or check, is required for each separate photo session and can be paid at the front desk upon arrival. The Museum does not provide changing rooms, and restrooms may not be used as dressing facilities.  

Inside the Museum: The Museum is pleased to make available limited opportunities for professional and amateur photographers to take formal photographs in the museum. Portrait photography inside the museum is available by appointment only for a fee of $100, payable by cash or check. Photographers pay upon arrival for the photo session.  Photographers must make appointments at least 48 hours in advance by calling (210) 978-8148 on Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Commercial Photography

Commercial photography and filmmaking at the San Antonio Museum of Art can be arranged. However, we require that sufficient advance notice be given to the Director of Marketing at (210) 978-8136. Commercial photography and videography sessions will be supervised by one or more members of the Museum staff.

Fees for Commercial Photography: 

  • Non-member San Antonio businesses - $500 (reduced rates are available for Corporate Members)
  • Out-of-town businesses - $1,000
  • Full payment of the location fee must be received prior to the start of the shoot.

Additional fees may include: 

  • Police/Security (mandatory for large sessions) -  $150 
  • Overtime - $30 for each additional hour after four hours
  • Interior photography after museum hours  - $500 per hour

If closure of any property is required due to a film or photo shoot, an additional cost will be incurred. 

All photographers using the San Antonio Museum of Art grounds and/or buildings exteriors and interiors must acknowledge the Museum in any printed or audio-visual materials. The credit line should read: "Photographed at the San Antonio Museum of Art in San Antonio, Texas." 

 

Where to Stay

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Getting Here

Five Ways to Arrive

Drive:
We're on the northern edge of downtown and a mile from the Alamo. Use the interactive map above for directions. You'll find free parking directly across the street from the Museum's entrance.

Walk:
Stroll the path along the beautiful Museum Reach of the River Walk and enjoy the public art along the way. The Museum is a 10-minute walk from the Pearl Brewery, 15 minutes from the Southwest School of Art, and an easy 30-minute walk from central downtown hotels.

Take the Bus:
The Museum is a destination on the Sightseer Special on the Via Bus 7 route. This bus makes stops throughout downtown, at the Museum and at a variety of other cultural institutions along the Broadway Reach. View bus schedules.

Bicycle:
The Museum is a B-cycle station. Rent a bicycle at one of more than 20 stations, leave it at our B-cycle station while you visit the Museum and pick another one up when you're ready to go.

Take a River Taxi:
Enjoy the Museum Reach the San Antonio way — via river taxi. A river taxi stop is conveniently located at the Museum's Gloria Galt River Landing.