McNay Art Museum

McNay Art Museum, San Antonio: Hours, Address, McNay Art Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

McNay Art Museum
4.5
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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The McNay Art Museum engages a diverse community in the discovery and enjoyment of the visual arts. Built in the 1920s by artist and educator Marion Koogler McNay, the Spanish Colonial Revival residence became the site of Texas’s first modern art museum when it opened in 1954. Today, 200,000 visitors a year enjoy works by modern masters including Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Joan Mitchell, Alice Neel, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The 25 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds include sculptures by Willie Cole, Robert Indiana, Luis A. Jiménez Jr., Alejandro Martín, George Rickey, Joel Shapiro, Kiki Smith, Tom Wesselmann, and more.
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Ronald H
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This museum is located in NE San Antonio near an historical area of San Antonio. It offers standard museum activities but, one unique thing about the museum grounds is it offers a large area beautifully well kept landscaped surrounding the museum itself mostly used as a great place for photo shoots such as “Wedding Pictures”, “Family Portraits” or any photos shots that you want an out door scheme. The grounds are very well kept. There is a small fee of approx $20 to use the grounds for photo shoots. I am a semi-pro photographer and can say there area is well designed with a variety of back grounds for your photos for the average camera bug to the pro.
Written August 1, 2022
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Daahris
Aberdeen, WA40 contributions
This is a lovely museum with artful grounds showcasing interesting sculpture. Be sure to allow time to wander around outside. We were excited to see the Georgia O'Keefe exhibit. It contained works of hers that were lesser known to us as were several of the other artists whose works were represented. It was quiet and plenty of time to read and study the art work without feeling rushed. Many diverse pieces. An unexpected find was a Monet. it was a great way to slow down for an afternoon.
Written March 28, 2022
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jpc1602
Naperville, IL180 contributions
Couples
This now my new favorite museum here in San Antonio. Museum is part a historic house of a local artist and has a newer section as well as outdoor sculptures. It’s a mix of classic and some wild modern stuff. Really interesting and things are organized to be really interesting even if we aren’t art experts. People were really nice. Veterans and their families get in for free c/o USAA! We were there for 2 hours. It was hot out so a bit difficult to appreciate the outdoor exhibits for long but we will be back.
Written May 21, 2022
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Stephen K
Corpus Christi, TX1,565 contributions
Couples
The setting is incredibly beautiful (historic mansion, beautiful courtyard, beautifully manicured grounds, and a well curated annex.). The attendants were all friendly and helpful, especially Allen, who clearly enjoyed his work and we enjoyed hearing about Madame X and the artist who painted her. There are many pieces of great art to see
Written July 10, 2022
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butrfli480
Boca Raton, FL130 contributions
Really enjoyed this museum. There was so much random art and it was grouped together by theme instead of style or time period like many other museums. Not to mention, the house itself is a work of art with lovely grounds outside to walk around and take pictures and a cute courtyard in the middle. Spent at least 2-3 hours walking around and didn't even walk outside, just the inside rooms and special exhibits. Worth the visit if you like art museums. I'd say this one was my favorite over the San Antonio Art Museum (I visited both during my stay in San Antonio). Lots of commonly known artists as others have mentioned so it was cool to have seen those works of art in person-I wasn't expecting to see that here. Super cool visit in my opinion.
Written July 28, 2021
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denise r
Flat Rock, NC35 contributions
I thoroughly enjoyed this gem tucked in San Antonio! I was surprised at the Monet, Pollock, Warhol, O'keeffe, Renoir, as well as furniture pieces, glass, unique pieces of interpretation, and the Selena photography exhibit (she was a successful Latin American singer that was killed at 23). The courtyard was full of Southern US/Mexican tiles and art as well as a serene place to rest. The grounds are beautiful with places to stroll around. We ran out of time for the sculptures! Bummer! I would go back! They house one of the 12 Monet Water Lilies - one of my all time favorite pieces!
Written June 18, 2021
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Brenda
San Antonio, TX1 contribution
This museum is a real gem. Not only is the art significant, but the building and grounds are stunning! Spend some time outdoors, for the interesting sculpture installations, and then wander indoors for centuries of artistic endeavor from well-known artists as well as up-and-comers. The architecture of the museum and its additions is very interesting, too. You will find details of an age gone by seamlessly connected to exciting modern expressions of architecture. Highly recommend!
Written January 17, 2021
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Steve H
Pawleys Island, SC1 contribution
We visited this wonderful Art Museum to see the recently opened O’Keefe exhibit. While that exhibit was certainly excellent, we were amazed at the overall quality of the museum. The collections covered many art periods, cultures, styles, and mediums. The facility itself was also very pleasant, well staffed with helpful and friendly attendants, and well organized.
This is truly a local treasure.
Thank you for a wonderful morning.
Written January 22, 2022
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Beth
Houston, TX211 contributions
This is a beautiful home, the architecture and details of the home itself would be a reason to visit. The art collection is very interesting, Modern is the title, but some things would not necessarily be in that category, not abstract (although there is that also). Some very modern items also. Lots of American artist.
Only down side was the upper floors were not open (due to Covid-19?).
They took our temps at the entry and had had sanitizer frequently through the museum. It’s quite a walk in the 100 degree temp from the parking lot, so not easy to have a “normal” temp when you get to the door. I assume they would let you rest for a few minutes if you did not pass the first time.
They also have an interesting outdoor sculpture garden which would have been more enjoyable had I not visited in August.
Excellent museum and I will visit again.
Written August 17, 2020
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Carol F
47 contributions
Couples
What a wonderful surprise to find art from the 1400s to modern shown in this beautiful home. So many famous well known artists that each gallery was a great experience. Then take a walk in the gardens.
Written March 7, 2020
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McNay Art Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Wed - Wed 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM