Among the many beautiful highlights of our San Antonio River Walk is the Briscoe Western Art Museum. Opened in 2013, the museum features Western art and artifacts related to the American cowboy, American Indian, the Vaquero, pioneering women and the many diverse groups that forged the American West.  

My favorite pieces: Pancho Villa’s last known saddle, an interactive diorama of the Alamo conflict, a restored chuck wagon and Santa Anna’s ceremonial sword.

The museum is named in honor of Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe Jr., and his wife Janey Slaughter Briscoe, who envisioned a museum that would share the story of Western heritage and the people behind that story.

Masked visitors are welcome, and social distancing is easy. The museum is operating at 50% capacity, so there’s plenty of space to spread out. If you could use a cool escape from these hot summer days, saddle up and head over. You’ll find all sorts of interesting artifacts, along with fun programs and events.

In honor of our city’s 300th Anniversary, I’m ranking the Briscoe Western Art Museum #61 in my 300 Reasons to Love San Antonio list. Another great reason to live, work, buy a home and enjoy our heritage and culture in San Antonio.