Daily Demonstrations

Join museum educators for healthy cooking demonstrations in the H-E-B Body Adventure, stop by River Alive! for a guided exploration of invertebrate life in the San Antonio River, meet our critter friends in the Live Lab during a Live Animal Encounter, and learn the lifeways of the People of the Pecos during our Daily Demonstrations. Enjoy Gallery Theater performances on history, health and wellness presented by the Witte InterActors at the South Texas Heritage Center and the H-E-B Body Adventure. Free with museum admission.

Every day is a new adventure! For schedules and performance start times, call 210.357.1910. or download the Witte Museum App available for Apple & Android. 

Gallery Theater

  • La Chili Queen y El Serrano

Jovita is the host of her family’s chili stand in San Antonio’s Plaza de Armas (Military Plaza) in 1889. Lupe, her best customer, listens to Jovita tell stories that reveal the roots of San Antonio’s Chili Queens – women entrepreneurs who fed their community food and stories in public plazas.

  • 1838: A Moment Between Wars

The year is 1838. Two years before, Ruiz and Navarro had traveled together to Washington-on-th-Brazos to be the only two native-born Tejanos to sign the Texas Declaration of Independence.

  • Vaquero y Cowboy: A Campfire Conversation

Join a South Texas vaquero and a Texas-born cowboy on their journey to San Antonio. As they swap stories around a campfire, both men gain insight into each other’s values, traditions and cultures.

  • The Peristaltic Plumber

Do you have a question about your digestion? Join the Peristaltic Plumber to find out how your food turns into poop!

  • Captain Calcium

What kinds of bones do we have, why are they important and how do we keep them healthy? Come meet the superhero Captain Calcium to find out more!

  • The Choosy Chef

What does your nose know? Find out as the Choosy Chef explores your sense of smell through scents, odors and aromas.

  • Ropes and Brands

Explore how cowboys and vaqueros use ropes and brands.

  • Chuck Box Cuisine

Find out what a “Bean Wrangler” is and what he might carry in his chuckbox.

  • Dressing for the Job

Try on chaps, boots and hats to find out how cowboys and vaqueros protect themselves.

  • AgujaceraTalks

Meet Dr. Dug and our brand new baby Agujaceratops in this special Dino encounter. 

Daily Demonstrations

  • Fresh From the Garden

Sample seasonal snacks in Fresh from the Garden.

  • Animal Encounters

Join us for a face to face encounter with native Texas animals that call the Witte home! We have snakes, frogs, a Texas tortoise and several other fascinating critters! 

  • Exploring Pelts

Can you tell the difference between coyote and fox fur? What about a raccoon and ring-tailed cat? Visit us for a hands on experience with native Texas animal pelts.

  • Dino Dialogues 

Join us for in-gallery explorations and discussions on various topics to discover how we know what we know about creatures that roamed Texas millions of years ago. 

  • Making Rock Art

How did the People of the Pecos create the rock art images that have survived thousands of years? What do archaeologists believe the symbols mean? Visit us to experience creating the story of the land, water and sky in making rock art. 

  • Creating Cordage

How did the People of the Pecos create the items needed for everyday life? Join us to discover, through experimental archaeology, how the lechuguilla plant was used to create cordage or rope that the people in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands used for everything from netting to sandals.

  • Preparing for the Hunt 

What tools did the hunter gatherers of the Lower Pecos use to hunt large game? Examine how spears were created and learn how rabbit sticks and atlatls were used in the hunt for deer, bison and rabbits

  • Hunting in the Pecos 

What tools did the hunter gatherers of the Lower Pecos use to hunt game? Visit us to discover how the People of the Pecos prepared for the hunt. Examine how spears were created and learn how rabbit sticks and atlatls were used in the hunt for deer, bison and rabbits.

  • Rainfall Simulation

Join us as we explain what happens to water when the rain hits the ground. Experiment with rainfall. Make a hypothesis before testing and observe what happens.

  • Watershed Stewardship

How can you be a steward of the land? Join us for a facilitated demonstration of one of the museum’s most fascinating pieces of technology – the topographic watershed.