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New Spain Art Collection

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What you'll see

We’re pleased to announce the New Spain Art collection is open. There are more than 150 pieces from the New Spain period (1521 to 1820) that are on permanent display at the museum.  Some of the artists in the New Spain exhibit include: Juan Correa, Miguel Cabrera, Cristobal de Villalpando, Jose de Ibarra and Morales Van den Eynden. This art collection is the first of its kind in the United States thanks to the generosity of Juan Carlos Infante and Mary Vargas Infante.

When you enter the art hall, discover how the Manila Galleons played a critical role in transporting New Spain art on its trade route. The Manila Galleon Isabella model ship displays a detailed diorama of life on a ship as imports from Asia were transported from Manila, Philippines to Acapulco, Mexico.


Wildlife Exhibits

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Hours of operation:

  • Tuesdays – Saturdays: 10am – 5pm

  • Sundays: 12pm – 5pm

  • *Closed on Mondays*

Amenities for visitors:

  • Free parking

  • Gift shop for adults and youth

  • Twiga Cafe and covered patio seating with snack and beverage vending machines

  • Knowledgeable tour guides to answer questions about wildlife exhibits and New Spain Art

  • Original background music composed for the International Hall and New Spain Art hall to enhance your visit

  • Zoological tour on our webpage with details about each animal

  • Sensory Safari Program for sight-challenged groups
    Available with pre-arranged reservation.

Admission Prices

  • Adult: $12.00

  • Youth (4 to 12): $7.00

  • Kids 3 and under: Free

  • Seniors (65+): $10.00

  • Retired military: $10.00

  • Active military (ID required): Free

  • Student High School or College (ID required): $8.00

  • Adult groups (15 or more): $10.00 *reservation required

Group Visits

We offer unique opportunities to student groups for an enriching day outside of the classroom or for birthday parties. To schedule a special visit, please call (830) 328-5090 or email

Click here to take a look at our school information packet.

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