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McNay Art Museum, San Antonio

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McNay Art Museum, the first modern-art museum in Texas, houses permanent and temporary exhibits of Modernist, Impressionist, Renaissance and Medieval, and 19th- and 20th-century works. The collection contains works by international artists, such as Henri Matisse, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, and Pablo Picasso. The Southwest collection includes Native American and New Mexican folk art. The 9 hectare (23 acre) property also features a Japanese-inspired garden filled with the museum's extensive collection of outdoor sculptures. Use our San Antonio trip planner to add McNay Art Museum and other attractions to your San Antonio vacation plans.
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  • I was very pleased with our visit to the museum. There were some great impressionist pieces. We went on free admission day which is the 1st Sunday of the month. I wasn't at all interested in the 2 spe...  more »
  • The museum is the first modern art museum in Texas, being founded in 1954 and named after its creator Marion McNay, a painter and art teacher. The museum is housed within the creator’s 1927 mansion an...  more »
  • There isn't that much to say except there is a LOT more variety than most museums in Texas. When you walk in, you think, "This place is tiny." but you really need to explore. Some of the best this pla...  more »
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  • This is a very beautiful place that has a lot of historical value from the property alone. Just going here to learn about the building and it's history is worth the trip. HEB always has free days to visit and it's highly recommend. The exhibits they show are very beautiful and well worth your time. They keep the current exhibits up to date on the website so be sure to check that out before you go. All around amazing experience and really gets you some o e in a life time look at rare arts.
  • Take a stroll around the grounds. They are gorgeous any time of year! Bring a little fish food for the koi pond. Your kids (or the kid inside you) will thank you. This is the first modern art museum in Texas and in all of the South. It'll blow your socks off! Arrange for a docent if you're not the artsy type. They're free!
  • I really enjoyed my experience here. It was an old mansion and it is beautiful!!! The gardening and the fountain towards the front is gorgeous! The fish pond is very pretty too with all the statues. They also have some sculpture pieces outside. I like the sculpture woman's face in the front, it reminds me of the queen of hearts from Alice in Wonderland. Ha! Anyhow, we went to see the pieces from The Nightmare Before Christmas and it was so amazing. Not to mention the fact that I love Tim Burton movies, especially that one! The area in the middle of the mansion and inside of the mansion is gorgeous. I was just so happy to experience this museum and mansion. It's all so beautiful and historic. It also tells you about the history of McNay. You should check it out! Plus certain days I think Tuesdays are free between 4-7! Check it out!!!! 🙂
  • I visited the McNay as a college student for a study of some of the art and I ended up getting lost in each of the numerous rooms, looking at the artifacts and pieces in detail. It was originally home to a wealthy art connoisseur but now stands as a museum of astonishing works collected over the decades. The building landscape and interior are well curated and uphold a respectable and rather aesthetically dominating design, like a decorated and expansive Spanish Villa. The rooms themselves meander and flow smoothly, transitioning from a wide range of collections such as Roman and Greek antiquity with such beautifully constructed statues and busts so alike the idealistic and heroic theme of the ancients. Other areas featured several galleries of paintings of many schools, techniques, and famous artists from around the world, each with a unique offer into that captured experience. Some rooms offer a display of period clothing such as dresses and fine suits for men long left to history. Within the halls, there is a small theatre room dedicated to showing the history of the museum starting with it's wealthy owner and their passion for collecting art with interesting backstory on the life and times. Down a ways and moving outside there is a garden and courtyard that you can enjoy while moving onto another section of the museum. Kind of like a Roman atrium. Overall, my experience with McNay was charming, from the finely designed architecture and large open well-groomed yard, to the beautiful collection of works and the great variety of visual intrigue even in the visual space around the works. It's certainly worth a visit to see such devotion to beauty and the arts. Also some students may have free access with a student ID.
  • Beautiful grounds, non-pretentious but very classy art museum. Friendly staff. When we were there, a photo shoot of a bride and groom and their wedding party was taking place. Such a beautiful place for that! Love the McNay!
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