The first museum of modern art in the state was, believe it or not, the product of a private San Antonio collector. Marion McNay collected over 700 pieces of art in her lifetime, which she displayed in her classic 24-room, Spanish Colonial Revival mansion set on 23 acres of land. When she passed away in 1950 she left the whole collection—building and all—to the state. Since then, the museum’s collections have grown to include over 20,000 works and the McNay is known for its Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts. After you’ve finished gazing, stroll the grounds and take a look at the courtyard, stone bridge, and fountains. Save money by packing a lunch—one of the great things about McNay is that picnics are allowed. Closed on Mondays. Admission is $8 for adults, discounts for seniors, students, and military, free for children under 12 and members. On Thursday nights and the first Sunday of the month (which is Family Day), general admission is free.
- Open Hours: Tuesday to Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM, Thursday from 10:00 AM to 09:00 PM, Friday from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM, Saturday from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM, Sunday from 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM
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