First opened to the public in 1981, the museum is housed in what was originally a Brewery complex. Through a series of additions, the museum is now accessible to the San Antonio Riverwalk and exhibits art of the ancient Mediterranean world, a 15,000 sq. ft. suite of galleries of Asian art, and an extensive collection of Latin American art and folk art.
A significant portion of the Museum’s Contemporary collection is devoted to post-World War II American painting and sculpture, including an emphasis on modernist abstraction. In addition, the Museum collects contemporary Texas paintings and sculpture from the 1960s to present day.
SAMA’s best-known works reflect contemporary discussions about Latin American folk art