Long before the days of iPhones and apps, San Antonio’s innovators were constantly creating new technological breakthroughs. And now we have a museum dedicated to them all! Located at the Port of San Antonio, the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology (SAMSAT) is a world-class science center, innovation incubator and home to a major collection of never-before-seen technological artifacts.

In honor of our city’s 300th anniversary, I’m ranking the SAMSAT #22 on my 300 Reasons to Love San Antonio list.

The museum is the brainchild of David Monroe – a longtime San Antonio technologist and founder of the Telesis Group and eWatch. David has more than 50 patents to his name and is credited with inventing ye ol’ cellphone camera – perhaps the most popular of all inventions. You’ll find his original (cracked screen and all) in the museum, along with David’s collection of Tesla coils, an Enigma machine, Edison light bulbs, a range of early telephones, radios and computers – even an original Edison Stock Ticker.

You can read all about David, and the museum, in the wonderful Rivard Report.

The museum is located at 102 Mabry Dr., and is open on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. David is always there, eager to show off his amazing collection. The museum also offers after-school programs and teacher development sessions.

Another great reason to live, work, buy a home and retire in San Antonio!