Located in the former Spanish Colonial Revival home of art collector Marion McNay, this museum opened its doors in 1954 as the first for modern art in San Antonio and has been drawing crowds ever since with its diverse, interesting collection. The house—which has undergone several additions—and its surrounding grounds make for a beautiful visit, even before you lay eyes on the growing collection of more than 20,000 works, including medieval and Renaissance art, European and American paintings, and modern sculptures. When you’re done touring the galleries, you can also visit the on-site Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts.
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.