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The Witte Museum
, established in 1926 under the charter of the San Antonio Museum Association, is located adjacent to Brackenridge Park
Brackenridge Park is a 343 acre public park in San Antonio, Texas. It was created in 1899 from land donated to the city by George Brackenridge.-Recreation:...
in San Antonio, Texas
Texas is the second largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state by area in the contiguous United States.The name, based on the Caddo word "Tejas" meaning "friends" or "allies", was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in...
, on the banks of the source of the San Antonio River
The San Antonio River is a major waterway that originates in central Texas in a cluster of springs in north central San Antonio, approximately four miles north of downtown, and follows a roughly southeastern path through the state. It eventually feeds into the Guadalupe River about ten miles from...
. It is dedicated to the history, science, and culture of the region. Nearby is the San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium. The permanent collection represents ethnography (study of social and cultural change), decorative arts and textiles, and science. The primary focus of the museum is natural science
The natural sciences are branches of science that seek to elucidate the rules that govern the natural world by using empirical and scientific methods...
, with emphasis on South Texas
South Texas is a region of the U.S. state of Texas that lies roughly south of and including San Antonio. The southern and western boundary is the Rio Grande River, and to the east it is the Gulf of Mexico. The population of this region is about 3.7 million. The southern portion of this region is...
and the history of Texas and the American Southwest.
The Witte Museum is named for San Antonio businessman Alfred G. Witte who bequeathed $65,000 to the city for construction of a museum of art, science, and natural history.