VILLA FINALE: MUSEUM & GARDENS

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Villa Finale’s current status?
Villa Finale and the Villa Finale Visitor Center located on the corner of Madison and Turner are now open to the public.

Where do I buy admission?

All admissions are sold at the Villa Finale Museum Shop at the Carriage House.  We recommend you call ahead for tour availability or to make a reservation. (210) 223-9800

How many objects are in the collection?
Our latest figure puts the collection at about 12,500 objects.

What types of objects are found in Villa Finale's collection?
There beautiful examples of European furniture, and fine and decorative arts.  Mr. Mathis particularly enjoyed collecting memorabilia surrounding the life and death of Napoleon Bonaparte.  Mr. Mathis’s interest in Texas art is represented in the collection by such artists as Mary Bonner, and Julian and Robert Onderdonk.  In addition, there is a wide range of Texas decorative arts, such as Bell silver, Texas furniture, and Texian campaign ceramics. 

What year was the house built?
Construction on the house began in 1876.  Records vary on the early years of the house, but by the mid-1890s the house had assumed the shape it has now.

Who designed Villa Finale?
Research indicates that Villa Finale was designed by architect Francis Crider.

Where does the tour begin?
After purchasing your admission, you may head to the front porch of the house for guided tours, and the rear porch for self-guided tours.

What does the tour consist of?

The general public tour serves as an introduction to Walter Mathis, his preservation work in the neighborhood, and his collections.  Tours are taken through most of the rooms in Villa Finale.  We do offer special focus tours throughout the year.  Check our "Upcoming Programs" section for more information.

Are all tours guided?

No.  Self-guided tours of Villa Finale's first floor are offered Wednesday - Saturday from 11:00am - 2:00pm.

Is photography allowed?

No, photography is not allowed inside the house.  However, exterior photography is permitted.

How many spaces on each guided tour?

Due to the amount of objects and available space inside Villa Finale, guided tours are limited to six persons.  This makes for a more intimate and enjoyable tour experience.

Are children allowed to tour Villa Finale?

Children are allowed to tour the house.  However, we caution parents to be mindful of the length of the guided tour (1 hour) and the amount of breakable objects throughout the house for the self-guided tour.

Are there places to eat near Villa Finale?

We are located in an ideal location for people looking to sample San Antonio's cuisine.  While at the Visitor Center, you may browse through a binder of local eating spot menus, all within walking distance.