What is Ruby City?

Ruby City is a contemporary art center in San Antonio, TX, dedicated to providing a space for the city’s thriving creative community to experience works by both local and internationally acclaimed artists.

What is the history of Ruby City?

Ruby City is the vision and mandate of our founder and dedicated art collector Linda Pace (1945-2007), who sketched the initial inspiration for the ruby structure after waking from a dream. A sparkling crimson building appeared to Linda in her sleep and then using colored pencil, she sketched the fanciful image and shared it with world-renowned architect Sir David Adjaye OBE. Linda believed strongly in the power of art as a vital social force, a mission the 14,000 square-foot building, two-story building, will further.

Who designed the Ruby City building?

Linda Pace commissioned world-renowned architect Sir David Adjaye OBE to design Ruby City. He is recognized as a leading architect of his generation. Born in Tanzania to Ghanian parents, his broadly ranging influences, ingenious use of materials and sculptural ability have established him as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision. He founded Adjaye Associates in 2000 and his largest project to date is the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in the fall of 2016. Adjaye was also named as one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People of 2017.

Access by Car

We are located near the cross-section of S. Flores St. and S. Alamo St.

Access by Bus

The nearest bus station is located at the corner of Camp St. and S. Flores St. and serves the following bus lines: 11, 43, 44, 243 and 251.

Is it free?

Yes, all exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Is it accessible?

Yes, all Ruby City facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Can I visit or tour the campus with a group?

Absolutely! We request that any groups larger than 10 persons make a reservation at least 1 week in advance to ensure that there are no scheduling conflicts.

To make a reservation, please contact visit@rubycity.org.

Where is the closest restroom?

Public restrooms are located on the second floor of Ruby City as well as in Chris Park and Studio.

Can I take photos or video with my phone?

Only cellphone photography without flash is permitted.

Any professional photography must be approved ahead of time. Please contact facilities@rubycity.org.

Are food and drink allowed?

No food or beverages are allowed with the exception of water bottles to ensure the safety of the artwork.

Is all art family-friendly at Ruby City?

We welcome visitors of all ages to Ruby City. Because we are exhibiting Contemporary Art, there may be adult content on view. We leave this up to the parent or guardian’s discretion.

Does Ruby City have a retail store?

We do not have a retail store, but we do sell Ruby City merchandise at our front desk in the main Ruby City building and Studio as well as during Ruby City events.

Does Ruby City have a café?

No, but there are many cafes and restaurants in the area, checkout our favorites here.

Are firearms permitted?

No firearms are permitted on the premises. Please refer to Texas penal codes Section 30.06 and Section 30.07 for any further clarification.

Does Ruby City rent its facilities for private events?

Ruby City does not rent out its facilities for private parties and/or events.

How can I contact Ruby City with any questions?

Please visit our contact page to find the appropriate staff member for your question.