Upon opening to the public in 1954, the McNay’s collection began with a strong emphasis on Modern European and American art, particularly French painting and Post-Impressionism, and now includes over 20,000 objects.
Collection strengths include American art since World War II, Modern European and American prints and drawings, and a collection of over 9,000 Theatre Arts objects focusing on scene and costume designs. The museum began in a 24-room Spanish Colonial-Revival home and has expanded to 45,000 square feet and a sculpture gallery and garden.
Installation invites contemplation of North America's social history
Artworks whose primary subjects are cars and car culture
Exhibition focuses on Chicana artists, many of whom have had to fight to make their voices heard
80 etchings chronicling the horrors of war alongside contemporary work highlighting their relevance
Works explore the ingenuity and innovation of postwar America
Diverse works of 20th- and 21st-century designers