A Texas Jewel

Today we visited a Texas jewel, the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio. This place has the most wonderful collection, a beautiful showplace of a building, grounds that are like a palatial garden, and prices that should make the Seattle Art Museum red-faced. If you are ever in San Antonio and have any interest in fine art, I highly recommend visiting this institution.

The museum’s first structure is a 24 Sanish Colonial Revival house from the early 20th century. Later additions and remodels have accentuated the gardens and grounds to wonderful effect. Their exhibit space is small and the collection is huge. I expect that it rotates often. They also have special exhibits. Presently they have a impressionist exhibit and and art glass exhibit. Between the architecture and the art I didn’t know where to turn next.

All of this comes at the price of $8 for adults and $5 for seniors! Children under 12 are free. The special exhibits cost us an extra $5. Seattle Art Museum by comparison is $23 during special exhibitions and you usually must buy your tickets in advance. The McNay was staffed with friendly people, lots of them.

You’ll love this as a stop when you have tired of Spanish missions and Texas history.

About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.
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