The first museums were in caves, and the first critic grunted and said, "Ruurrttt gurgagag, tontogosh jabba tu wanga?" Continue to ponder this ageless question with today's Groupon. For $29, you a get a yearlong family membership to the McNay Art Museum, a $75 value. The family membership includes unlimited free admission for the year, exhibition previews for you and a guest, free admission to events and film screenings, a 10% discount at the museum store, and a subscription to the museum members magazine, Impressions. Free admission extends to you, the family's second adult, and any children under 18, with a limit of 1,000 kids.
Awestrike yourself by strolling through current exhibitions such as An Impressionist Sensibility: The Halff Collection, a rare private collection of period works from artists including John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, and Theodore Robinson; or scratch your beard in the presence of TruthBeauty, an exposition of the pictorialism movement that blended photography with painting and drawing. McNay also preserves a large permanent collection, including local Southwest art and the expansive, unusual, 9,500-piece Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts. After even one visit, you'll become so art knowledgeable that children will run up to you on the street and beg you to join the art history club they started with money they won on TV game shows.
Spread across an Edenic expanse that's fitting for picnics and medieval battle re-enactments, the glorious Spanish Revival–styled museum was once an heiress's mansion. She donated everything in full when she died in 1950, and the McNay became Texas's first modern art museum. Located at the corner of New Braunfels and the Austin highway, the McNay is a sanctuary of tranquility and culture, at least until hunting season begins on nature's most treacherous prey—pancakes.
The Wall Street Journal says:
- Set on a beautifully landscaped, rolling, 23-acre site, the McNay offers a window onto one woman's taste and the serendipity of collecting. – Willard Spiegelman
Frommer's calls it exceptional:
- Well worth a detour from downtown, this museum is one of my favorite spots. A knockout setting on a hill north of Brackenridge Park with a forever view of the city is home to a sprawling Spanish Mediterranean-style mansion (built in 1929) so picturesque that it's constantly used as a backdrop for weddings and photo shoots. The art collection...is quite good if you enjoy modern art. It has at least one work by most American and European masters of the past 2 centuries. – Frommer's
- What a wonderful gem for this city...Extensive collection in a lovely setting-both indoors and out. From Medieval and Renaissance art to 19th-20th century European and American paintings, sculptures to Southwest art as well as a wonderful collection on Theater Arts. – renaissance2, TripAdvisor
- It's a perfect getaway...And once you finish with the museum, the grounds are a great place to wander. The old colonial home, the well manicured [sic] grounds, the ponds, and the moving scupltures [sic], provide a true opportunity for escape. – Adhana T., Yelp
6000 N New Braunfels Ave.
San Antonio, Texas 78209Get Directions