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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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  • October 4, 2017
    McNay art museum is a decent museum with small but nice collections, with a bit of an emphasis on modern art. If you go on Thursdays from 4-9, it's free!  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    Enjoyed but if you take your children, Beware! make sure they do not touch one thing they will be most unhappy with you !!!!! Be careful of taking pictures. They do not tell you ahead of time but will...  more »
  • September 22, 2017
    The MacNay Art Museum is OK , but nothing special. If you are in San Antonio, see it, but do not go out of your way to get here.  more »
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  • July 2, 2017
    Great art museum. I'm from out of town and I was brought here by a friend to hear a discussion on how a collection was put together. It was fascinating! I have never before heard a curator explain the WHY of what choices they made on what to include and the placement of each piece... very fun!
  • June 2, 2017
    5 Reasons to visit the McNay 1. The grounds are beautiful. The pond, fountain, landscaping, and sculptures are worth the trip by themselves. 2. The architecture is stunning. The museum use to be a private residence and its Spanish style is beautiful and has lots of interesting little details. 3. The atmosphere is laid back. Don't know anything about art? No worries, everyone here is friendly and helpful. Casual attire rules. 4. Kids are welcome. Need something to do with the kids? Head to the McNay! Check out their website for a list of kid friendly activities. 5. Thursday nights are free! The McNay is open until 9:00 on Thursdays and admission is free starting at 4:00. And 2nd Thursday in the summer usually means food trucks and bands.
  • June 4, 2017
    This place is amazing. The grounds are immaculate and the outdoor sculptures are phenomenal. There are also a couple of water attractions as well. This is a wonderful location for professional pictures and there is only a small fee for most small groups. Both of my daughters had their senior pictures taken here and they turned out great.
  • June 1, 2017
    I just went here with my three young children and they loved it. It has enough space for a stroller, and a beautiful garden and pond area where you can enjoy a snack or just listen to the flowing water. Overall we had a great experience with the staff and the art was also fantastic!
  • June 1, 2017
    I love this Art Museum! They have special exhibits along with popular artwork yet obsure artists. You have Picasso, Monet and local artists. A lovely day trip. Becoming a member is well worth it.

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