San Antonio watched and waited a long time for this $30 million museum along the banks of the River Walk. It was worth the wait. A grand opening in October, 2013 introduced the Alamo City to its new pride and joy: an impressive contemporary pavilion, museum, and outdoor sculpture garden adjacent to LaVillita and the Arneson River Theatre. Here the art, history, and culture of the American West are preserved and enjoyed through engaging exhibitions, educational programs, and public events reflective of the region's rich traditions and shared heritage. The museum campus includes the historic 1930s Art Deco/neoclassical building that once held the Hertzberg Circus Museum. Limestone and copper-walled additions to the historic space allow for galleries on three levels. Also on site is the three-story Jack Guenther Pavilion, used for event rentals and programs, and the outdoor McNutt Courtyard & Sculpture Garden, which is open to the public free of charge. Named in honor of the late Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe Jr., and his wife Janey Slaughter Briscoe, the museum boasts a collection that includes large, dramatic displays of fine saddles and spurs, an interactive diorama of the Alamo battlefield, Santa Anna's sword, a Comanchero jacket, and a 16th-century Manila Galleon trade chest. Pancho Villa's last-known saddle can be found here as well. The museum offers high-tech listening stations where visitors can hear the songs and stories of the West. A new 12-ft. bronze sculpture, "Checkmate" by American sculptor Herb Mignery, stands on the corner of Market and Presa streets to give visitors a preview of the art treasures to be found inside. Several parking garages are available along Market Street, though the museum is within easy walking distance of downtown hotels, restaurants, The Alamo, and other attractions. Plan on at least 1–1 1/2 hrs. for your visit.