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.
Please check the museum website for updated exhibition information. Scheduling may have been modified as a result of the temporary museum closure.
Five Texas-based artists challenge societal perceptions of the Asian American and Pacific Islander
Works by twentieth-century artists demonstrate how Cubism transcended time and space
Works by O’Keeffe alongside American Modernist artists from the twentieth century
The largest exhibition to date of items from McNay’s original 1950 bequest.
Thirteen contemporary designers share their work in the theatre arts
Twenty-two San Antonio-based artists revisit the definition of drawing
Experimental weaving techniques highlight hidden histories
Two artists from different generations explore the Black experience in America
Five San Antonio artists explore the city’s culinary landscape