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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. For McNay Art Museum and beyond, use our San Antonio trip itinerary planner to get the most from your San Antonio vacation.
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  • I believe this gem gets overlooked with all the fun of the riverwalk, malls, carriage rides, and other attractions nearby. This was definitely worth the stop and was well under traveled  more »
  • I'm sure you've had the experience where you ask yourself, "Why isn't this more popular?" We definitely had that feeling on visiting the McNay. Marion Koogler McNay amassed a wonderful collection of 1...  more »
  • The McNay is a beautiful art museum that used to be a grand mansion in south texas. Not too big-easy to see in 2-3 hours. Kids will be bored  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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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