History & Culture

Picture of Alameda Museum

San Antonians have been shopping at Market Square since the 1820's, before Texas joined the United States.  The first businesses were a pharmacy and a dry goods store, and the area served as a marketplace for produce and other foods, including chili --- made and served by women known as "Chili Queens" --- beginning in the mid 1800s.  Art has always had a place in this vibrant culture center, and in 2005, Museo Alameda opened as the first formal affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution focusing on Latino art.