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.
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.
Overall one of the most breathtaking visits to the Museum and the beautiful atmosphere that was once a home mansion that belong to Ms. McNay before her passing. Inside interior remains the same and overall experience with different art exhibits brings out the beauty of this historic home in SA.
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.
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.
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
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.
What a wonderful surprise! A small but solid art collection in a fabulous Southwestern-style mansion. My favorite Mondrian I've ever seen; Picasso sketches, a good selection of Impressionists, sculpture of a nice variety, an interesting traveling exhibit while we were there, breathtaking architecture, well-tended gardens, and a jolly gift shop. Our whole group enjoyed our visit, from the 12-year-old up to the 55-year-olds.
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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