Located in a Spanish Colonial Revival house (the former home of art collector Marion McNay), the McNay Art Museum opened its doors as the first modern art museum in San Antonio in 1954. The house (now with several modern additions) and the surrounding grounds make for a beautiful visit, even before you lay eyes on the growing collection, which now includes medieval and Renaissance art, European and American paintings, and sculptures from the 19th to 21st centuries. You'll also find the Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts here.
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Texas' First Modern Art Museum
When oil heiress Marion Koogler McNay died in 1950, she willed her San Antonio home and some 700 works of art to become the first modern art museum in Texas. The collection has expanded in the 50-odd years since the museum first opened, and galleries of medieval art, 19th-century paintings, and Southwestern prints now fill the halls. However, the Spanish Colonial Revival-style home remains its own attraction. Pack a light picnic to take full advantage of its spacious courtyard during your visit.