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Visit the SAMSAT Preview Center
The SAMSAT Preview Center is located on the Port San Antonio campus near Lackland Air Force Base. See highlights of the SAMSAT collection pending our move into Port San Antonio's Innovation Center.
Things to see at the Preview Center
The capture of an Enigma Coding Machine by the Allies was a major event of WWII. See one of very few remaining.
Datapoint Corporation was a 10,000-employee company in San Antonio with a claim to creating the first microcomputer. See the Datapoint collection.
Phototelesis, a spin-off of Datapoint, created a phone that can send and receive pictures. The world's first cameraphone!
Inside a typical phone, there are 350 billion transistors that do the same job as each one of the vacuum tubes you see in this picture.
Visit the Preview Center
Open every Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm
Temporarily closed due to COVID-19
FREE (donations welcome)
102 Mabry Drive, San Antonio, Texas, 78226
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The Edison collection includes a light bulb made of horse hair, and a 1900s dynamo (below) for energy distribution.
Learn who Nikola Tesla was, how a Tesla coil works, and why the Tesla coil sends energy through the air that turns on the lights. We'll fire up the coil for you!