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
Diverse works of 20th- and 21st-century designers
120 portrait paintings, prints, photographs and films
Broad survey of artwork from across North America to explore gender identity