The McNay

6000 N New Braunfels Ave San Antonio , TX 78209

The McNay Art Museum engages a diverse community in the discovery and enjoyment of the visual arts. Built-in the 1920s by artist and educator Marion Koogler McNay, the Spanish Colonial Revival residence became the site of Texas’s first modern art museum when it opened in 1954. Today, 200,000 visitors a year enjoy works by modern masters including Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Joan Mitchell, Alice Neel, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Becoming the McNay
Ohio-born heiress Marion Koogler first visited San Antonio in 1918, shortly after her marriage to Sergeant Don Denton McNay, who was called to active duty in Laredo, Texas. Later that year Don McNay died from the Spanish flu. In 1926, Marion moved to San Antonio, where she met and married prominent ophthalmologist Donald T. Atkinson. The following year, she purchased her first modern oil painting, Diego Rivera’s Delfina Flores, and the Atkinsons commissioned San Antonio architects Atlee and Robert Ayres to design a 24-room Spanish Colonial-Revival house that would one day become the core of the McNay Art Museum. Marion continued to collect 19th- and 20th-century European and American paintings, as well as Southwest art from New Mexico. When her marriage to Atkinson ended in 1936, she returned to using her first husband’s name. At her death in 1950, Marion left her collection of more than 700 works of art, along with the house, the surrounding 23 acres, and an endowment to establish the first museum of modern art in Texas. In 1954 the McNay opened its doors to the public. The Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions, built in 2008 and designed by French architect Jean-Paul Viguier, added 45,000 square feet to the museum and created gallery space for major exhibitions, a sculpture gallery and garden, a lecture hall, and classrooms for the museum’s many educational programs.

The McNay Today 
Since Marion McNay’s original bequest in 1950, the museum’s collection has expanded to over 22,000 works including:

Medieval and Renaissance art 
19th- through 21st- century European and American paintings, sculptures, and photographs 
One of the finest collections of prints and drawings in the Southwest 
The exceptional Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts 
Jeanne and Irving Mathews Collection of Art Glass 
Art of New Mexico

Hours of Operation

Sunday: Noon – 5 pm

Monday – Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 10 am – 6 pm

Thursday: 10 am – 9 pm

Friday: 10 am – 6 pm

Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm

During Daylight Saving Time, the Museum’s sculpture grounds are open every day from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. During Standard Time, the sculpture grounds are open every day from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m