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. More than 150 pieces of French art glass of the late 1800s–early 1900s — the Jeanne and Irving Mathews Collection of Art Glass — are installed in a dedicated gallery.
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
120 portrait paintings, prints, photographs and films
Broad survey of artwork from across North America to explore gender identity
contemporary still life prints from the McNay’s collection
70 drawings by members of the Kiowa tribe, and more
120+ objects from a collection of scenic and costume designs
The ordinary and often intimate moments in daily life of upper-middle class women
Paris cityscapes during la Belle Époque