If you only have time for one San Antonio museum, make it the McNay. Perched atop a hill with panoramic urban views, this Spanish Colonial Revival mansion (ca. 1929), once the home of a wealthy art collector, is so picturesque that it’s often used as a backdrop for photo shoots. The focus of the holdings, comprising 20,000 works, is modern art, but Medieval and Renaissance works are represented too. You’ll spot big names like Van Gogh, Manet, Gauguin, O’Keeffe, Hopper, Modigliani, Cézanne, and Picasso, while being introduced to many lesser known masters. Southwestern prints and drawings, a collection of art glass, and the Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts are also draws for art lovers. Attached to the original mansion is a contemporary wing, designed by French architect Jean Paul Viguier to house temporary exhibitions. I find the contrast with the original building jarring—kind of like the glass pyramid in front of the Louvre—but the modern structure’s innovative roof and ceiling allow it to adjust the lighting according to the needs of a particular exhibit, many of which are interactive and oriented toward kids. It’ll take you 2 hours to go through this place at a leisurely pace, longer if it’s cool enough for you to stroll the beautiful 23 acres of landscaped grounds dotted with sculpture.
San Antonio› Attraction
Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum
6000 N. New Braunfels Ave, San Antonio, TX 78209, USA
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown Hours Wed and Fri 10am–6pm; Thurs 10am–9pm; Sat 10am–5pm; Sun noon–5pm. Closed Mon–Tues (except for tours). Closed Jan 1, July 4, Thanksgiving, Dec 25. Transportation
Bus: VIVA line 11A.Phone 210/824-5368 Prices $10 adults; $5 seniors, students with ID, and active military; free for ages 19 and under; free admission Thurs 4–9pm. Web site Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum
Map6000 N. New Braunfels Ave San Antonio TX 78209 USA San Antonio
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