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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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  • 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.
  • I've been to the McNay so many times I don't even remember. Coming here is my favorite affordable activity! Since I've seen the art so many times I usually come here to see their new exhibits or sometimes I'll see the same exhibit multiple times! It's a great place to take pictures outside as well. If you're looking for something to do in your free time definitely come here! Great place to spend an hour or so browsing through some lovely art.
  • I don't want to give away to much. You have to go see it for yourself.. but, it is one of the coolest local museums I've been to. It is very clean, they have cool pieces, and the staff is very friendly. 10/10 would recommend going. P.S The Nightmare Before Christmas exebit is incredible.
  • When we went to visit the McNay, over half of the exhibits were closed for maintenance. I totally understand exhibits need updates and such, but doing maintenance on over half of the museum is not good business and it was a giant letdown. We wouldn't have minded as much except the front desk didn't even give us a heads up that half of the museum was closed, and it was still $20 to get in. If you do decide to visit, make sure it's a free day or wait until 2018 when everything should be completed or else you will not get anywhere near your money's worth. When everything is open, there are great pieces to see from well known artists.
  • The museum is top class and it is also a fantastic venue! I enjoy reliving my wedding day periodically with a free date night on Thursdays. Second Thursday’s are even better with live music, food trucks, and other festivities. For access to all galleries for free, go on the first Sunday of the month.

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