The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures operates with input and instructions from the UTSA Office of Emergency Management. During inclement weather, please monitor alerts.utsa.edu or call 210-458-SNOW (7669) for the latest status on museum operations.
Policies and Procedures
Safety and Security
Alcohol consumption on UTSA property is normally not permitted. Serving alcoholic beverages at special events such as festivals or private rentals requires that there are uniformed police officers on duty.
Open containers will not be allowed off the premises during such events, per TABC regulations.
Please discuss service of alcoholic beverages with ITC Facility Rental for your special event (210-458-2275).
The ITC does not permit tailgating for UTSA football games.
Campus Carry Policy
With the exception of law enforcement officers, firearms will not be permitted inside the ITC facility. The Institute of Texan Cultures is classified as an exclusionary zone by UTSA. For more information, visit UTSA’s campus carry policies page: https://www.utsa.edu/campuscarry/
All drone flights over the UTSA Hemisfair Campus/ITC premises should be coordinated through either the UTSA Office of Risk Management (210-458-4420) or ITC Facility Rental (210-458-2275).
To mitigate risk to people and property, ITC-PD reserves the right to request any drone pilot operating an unmanned vehicle over UTSA property without filing a flight plan or prior notice to the appropriate offices, to cease and desist flight operations.
Any drone flights using recordable media must comply with the institute’s photography policy.
The large U.S. and Texas flags in front of the institute are the ITC-PD’s responsibility. The department oversees their raising, lowering and posting to half-staff. Please notify the ITC-PD in the event the flags are in poor repair. The PD will replace the flags as necessary.
Media on the premises
All media visits should be coordinated through ITC Communications at 210-458-2237. ITC-PD reserves the right to question any individual on the premises carrying what appears to be professional-grade camera equipment to determine the nature of the photographer or videographer’s presence.
The institute has limited complimentary parking available. The main guest lot is in front of the building, accessible via Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.; the same entrance as the Tower of the Americas. The institute’s lot entrance is before the guard station to the city lot.
UTSA Parking tags are typically honored on the premises. The staff lot includes A and B parking. Exceptions include special events such as festivals, and UTSA football season.
Complimentary parking for bus tours visiting the Institute of Texan Cultures is available. Please see the directions and map.
School groups that require additional vehicle parking are encouraged to use the front visitor lot. Please call in advance if you have concerns about the availability of parking spaces (210-458-2246).
Official business parking and loading dock access
ITC staff and ITC PD personnel work together to keep the Loading Dock clear for event and facility usage and access throughout our operating hours.
A limited number of spaces are available in our “official business” parking directly adjacent to the loading dock. These spaces are clearly marked for individuals with business at the institute, such as coordinators for meetings, site visits, or a special events/rentals.
Any professional photography on museum property that is not a function of ITC marketing or communications must be approved in advance through the Facility Rental Office (210-458-2275), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
The museum reserves the right to approve the content of all photo shoots in advance. When applicable, photographers are solely responsible for obtaining appropriate releases from participants.
Professional photographers will be asked in advance to sign in and wear a visitor badge. When a professional photo shoot is scheduled, the Facility Rental Office will advise appropriate departments, including ITC PD, in advance.
The Institute of Texan Cultures reserves the right to approach any photographer carrying what appears to be professional-grade equipment to determine the nature of the photo shoot, or if a rental, media visit, or student project has been coordinated through ITC Communications.