This Spanish-Mediterranean mansion, located in the heart of well-to-do Alamo Heights, houses impressive artworks from 19th ... More
McNay Art Museum
This Spanish-Mediterranean mansion, located in the heart of well-to-do Alamo Heights, houses impressive artworks from 19th and 20th Century America and Europe, in addition to one of the largest theater arts collections in the United States. Its grounds are as lovely as its collections, boasting fountains, streams, goldfish ponds and Japanese-style gardens. Recent touring exhibitions include works by Georgia O'Keefe, a collection of pop art and American Pictorial Photography. The auditorium and portions of the McNay Art Museum are available for private functions.
We actually visit the museum 3-4 times a month. I highly recommend the McNay to everyone. Our son is only 6 and even he enjoys it. The staff is very friendly, the seasonal exhibits are always interesting, and even though we go often, I always learn something each time. Be sure to take a walk around the grounds. They themselves are an art exhibit to behold.
This was not known to us but recommended by Gary with San Antonio Walks. After lauding his tour, we were more than happy to take his suggestions on anything else. He said, the museum fell under the same category where we put his walking tour, "not well known, but one of the best things you can do"! He was right, while the collection is not vast, there is nonetheless, a good representation of many famous artists. The museum and grounds themselves are somewhat; a piece of art. So, make sure to take the walking tour and see this museum. You will not be disappointed with either.
Great attraction if you want to have your car vandalized while you are looking at art. While visiting this museum, two vehicles were broken into (one of them mine) and nobody notifies you that your car window has been busted out. They actually wait until you are in the parking lot and let you see the damage before contacting authorities. The parking security knew of the incidents for over 30 minutes without informing anybody in the museum. The staff is of no help at all and gave different accounts of how many times incidents such as this have happened. One employee claims it never has happened, others say it happens every once in a while, and the head supervisor claimed that this has happened several times since he has been employed there. Bottom line, not enough security, the staff will do the bare minimum to help you if you are a victim on their premises, and this visit may cost you more than you expected. Cost of admission: $23 for admission, $215 for a new car window, and the horrible feeling of being violated. I highly do not recommend this attraction.
What isn't to love about the McNay? An impressive collection of beautiful art from some of the great masters of Impressionism and modern art, in a gorgeous setting, both building and grounds. I spend as much time studying the rooms themselves as I do the art; after all, the McNay was an actual home at one time. Ms. McNay designed some of the tiles and ceiling stencils in the house--look for them if you can drag your eyes from the art long enough (the staff will happily point them out, if asked). My all time favorite piece is the black monolith sculpture outside. I sit there often and stare at it. I don't know what mesmerizes me about it, but I love it.
Oh--and it doesn't cost anything to visit.
Thank you, Marion Koogler McNay, for giving San Antonio such a treasure. I can't wait to see what the new addition will give us, although it's a little frustrating to have the entirety of the museum closed until that opens. June 7 won't come soon enough for me!
I love the mcnay..it's beautiful peaceful and so full of art....it's about the best musuem ever. It has wonderful scenery..great for taking photos..the staff is always friendly and the atmosphere is good..you should go it's one of a kind
The museum itself is worth the visit. The grounds are spacious and beautifully landscaped and maintained. The building is two-story and is centered around a huge atrium. The building is a work of art in itself.
The art collection is impressive for such a small institution. There is both wall hanging art and scupture. The displays don't change over time, but I always enjoy a visit. The overall ambiance is so beautiful and relaxing there's not an ounce of stress left when I leave.
It would be great if they had copies of some of the art and sculpture, but a postcard was the only likeness I could get for my favorite sculpture. That's understandable for a small private museum.
I liked everything. It was just fun to have "at hand" so many pieces of art. We have to thank Miss MacNay for having the idea of acquiring a variety of pieces of art that give to the art beginner (and to the professional of art as well) the sense of what loving and enjoying art is.
Beautiful well kept museum. An incredible experience. This would be most enjoyed by anyone who appreciates the beauty of art. Learning about the artist and their creations ahead of visiting makes the experience much more appreaciating.
If you love art this is the place to visit. The McNay museum has a great colection of art work that includes Picaso, Renoir, Dega, River. Also some great sculptures in bronce. Beautiful gardens. Excellent for adults, not so good for small childrent.
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