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McNay Art Museum

Jun 7th, 2008 by Arpee | 0

ADMISSION FEE - $8 adults; $5 seniors (65+), students and military; free for children 12 and under
OPEN HOURS - Museum: Tue, Wed, Fri 10am-4pm. Thu 10am-9pm. Sat 10am-5pm. Sun noon-5pm.
Grounds: 7am-6pm. (7am-7pm DST)
ADDRESS - 6000 N New Braunfels Ave, San Antonio, TX 78209
PHONE - (210) 824-5368
CAFE/RESTAURANT? - No (Vending Area only)

I came across the McNay when I was looking for places to visit and things to do in San Antonio. And what do you know? The McNay was going to be open for free at that time we were planning to visit because their newest building - Stieren Center for Exhibitions - was opening!

Their website had a page on Weddings and Rentals, and Photography rules and regulations. So I thought it would have to be a good place for photography.

“The McNay”, as it is lovingly called, actually has a long name: The Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum. It is named after the lady who bestowed the 24-room Spanish Colonial-Revival mansion and her collection of 700 art works.

The McNay mansion in itself is a period artwork - solid, classic, very impressive and even has a peaceful, interior courtyard!

In contrast, the new Stieren is a piece of modern architecture - straight and clean lines, very bright and open owing to its glass walls.

The landscaped grounds has fountains and fish ponds that it looks like a park. Although the grounds are separated from the residences around it by high walls, the long open hours for the grounds allows enjoyment to be extended till the evening. When we were visiting, there was an native American Indian in full regalia telling the story of his people.
San Antonio Vacation McNay Museum native American Indian

I have been to the Smithsonian twice already but I think I get too stressed with the volume of work and the largeness of the building that I did not enjoy it to its fullest. (And then there are the rest of the museums in the Mall to still go to… aarrggghhh!!!). The setting and ambiance in McNay was just right for me.

They have a pretty decent collection. In fact, I had to really take a picture of Monet’s Waterlilies and forgot to turn off the flash! They had a couple of O’Keefe, a collection of small Rodin sculptures, Matisse, Mondrian, contemporary art collection in the new Stieren building, etc.

The best part I enjoyed the most was Ballet Russia theme in the Tobin Theater Arts Gallery. Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tale of Tsar Saltan was being told by a spellbinding lady storyteller that both children and adults alike were riveted. In the background were colorful and beautiful murals of the characters of the opera. And right on queue, a violinist and a cellist played the Flight of the Bumblebee!

Woohoo!!! Another great place to visit in our San Antonio vacation!

- If you are a member of your local museum, check if they participate in the North American Reciprocal Museums. If so, bring your membership ID for free admission and discounted purchases at the gift shop.
- Admission is FREE on Thursdays, after 4:00 p.m. and every first Sunday of the month
- Bring your food and have a picnic on the grounds!

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