Survival: The Exhibition Debuting at the Witte Museum

Another Great Reason to Visit San Antonio Starting May 25

Survival: The Exhibition

Adventure awaits visitors of all ages at the Witte Museum when the exhibition, Survival: The Exhibition makes its world premiere on Saturday, May 25, 2019. The highly engaging and immersive exhibition runs until Monday, Sept. 2, 2019.

Created by Imagine Exhibitions, Inc., Survival: The Exhibition is the world’s first and only traveling exhibition that provides practical, real-world, and science-based techniques to prepare visitors of all ages for survival situations they may actually face in their lifetimes. An interactive, informative and safe place to learn and test essential survival skills, the exhibition features nine zones with immersive scenic and theatrical elements that simulate extreme scenarios. Each zone combines STEM concepts with hands-on challenges that teach the scientific principles behind key survival tactics.

“San Antonio is a bold city, leading the state in innovation, adventure, and creativity. The world premiere of the dynamic exhibition, Survival: The Exhibition, at the Witte Museum is another key reason why San Antonio continues to be a top destination,” said Ron Nirenberg, Mayor of San Antonio.

 As kids and families move through the exhibition, they will visit a variety of simulated climates and topography that offer unique challenges to human survival. From the rainforest to the high mountains, from the extreme cold to the temperate forest, each zone focuses on a critical survival skill with instructional, hands-on challenges that build on one another throughout the experience,

While the exhibition transports visitors to the world’s most breathtaking scenery and awe-inspiring locales, core messages encourage guests to learn about and engage with their local community and prepare for the unexpected in their own backyard. With the knowledge that most accidents occur within a mile of the home, Survival: The Exhibition empowers visitors to stay cool, calm, and collected in an emergency. In addition, visitors to the Witte Museum will be able to explore local climates such as the West Texas desert, East Texas Piney Woods or the Rio Grande Valley and practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace and identify ways to be a steward for their local landscape rather than its conqueror.

Survival: The Exhibition was built with input from a panel of expert advisors in the fields of Anthropology, Geography, Recreation Management, Wilderness Survival, and Herbalism. Through collaboration and problem solving, guests will learn first aid, signaling and navigation, outdoor gear essentials, how to find food and water, and more. The exhibition invites visitors to experience the thrill of adventure as they come face-to-face with a life-sized bear, gain an appreciation for the wonders of nature when they identify edible from poisonous plants and prepare for the unexpected as they practice CPR in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

The exhibition culminates in the Adventure Zone Ropes Course and Zip Line, where visitors’ confidence and problem-solving skills are put to the test. Course obstacles and activities teach balance, focus, coordination, and concentration while building resilience and determination in the face of adversity.

 “For thousands of years, people have lived and thrived in the wild and vivid land we now call Texas, and the exhibition Survival: The Exhibition aligns with the Witte Museum’s mission to empower people to experience nature in all its forms,” said Marise McDermott, President and CEO of the Witte Museum. “In this exhibition, you will experience extreme environments, and if you can survive those, all journeys are possible. We are honored to host the world premiere of this amazing exhibit that pays homage to our beautiful state and planet.”

Tom Zaller, CEO of Imagine Exhibitions said “I’m thrilled that Imagine Exhibitions will be world premiering Survival: The Exhibition at the Witte Museum – an institution with nature and science at its core. As a lover of the outdoors myself, it was important to me to develop an experience that inspires young adventurers to gain the confidence to safely explore the world while learning to problem solve, collaborate, and think critically.”

Visit San Antonio has stepped in as a major promotional partner for Survival: The Exhibition at the Witte. The tourism bureau plans to incorporate Survival into its summer promotional campaign.

“San Antonio is a powerful and dynamic city, and Survival is a powerful and dynamic exhibition that will excite visitors and locals alike,” said Casandra Matej, President and CEO of Visit San Antonio. “We look forward to working hand-in-hand with the Witte Museum and Imagine Exhibitions to bring the world to San Antonio to experience this provocative exhibition.”

Survival: The Exhibition opens on May 25 and runs through Sept. 2, 2019, in the Mays Family Center. Adventure Passes are $25. Tickets are available at or at the Sally and Ganahl Walker Admissions Desk. 

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About the Witte Museum

Founded in 1926, the Witte Museum is where Nature, Science and Culture Meet, through the lens of Texas Deep Time, and the themes of Land, Water and Sky. Located on the banks of the San Antonio River in Brackenridge Park, the Witte Museum is San Antonio’s premier museum promoting lifelong learning through innovative exhibitions, programs and collections in natural history, science and South Texas heritage.

About Imagine Exhibitions

Imagine Exhibitions is currently producing over 35 unique exhibitions in museums, science centers, aquariums, integrated resorts, and non-traditional venues worldwide. In addition to developing successful traveling exhibitions, Imagine Exhibitions designs, opens, and operates permanent installations and venues, and consults on building, expanding, and directing museums and attractions. With over 25 years of diverse experience in the museum and entertainment industries, Imagine Exhibitions consistently develops exhibitions that educate and excite while exceeding attendance goals. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook.

About Visit San Antonio

Visit San Antonio is a 501(c)6 and serves as the sales and marketing arm of San Antonio as a leading leisure and meetings destination. San Antonio welcomes 23.1 million overnight leisure visitors annually. Hospitality is one of the top five industries in the city, contributing $15.2 billion into the local economy and employing more than 140,000. More information about Visit San Antonio and its initiatives for hospitality partners can be found at

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