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The McNay Art Museum, located in San Antonio and named for founder Marion Koogler McNay, is the first modern art museum in Texas.

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

6000 North New Braunfels
P.O. Box 6069
San Antonio, Texas 78209-0069

Be sure to check out the museum's collection of fine art reproductions on the website. 

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Explore the collection

Check out the McNay’s online collection database.

Since Marion Koogler McNay’s founding bequest, the McNay Art Museum’s collection has expanded to include more than 22,000 works of art. Their online collection database features selections from our holdings, with an emphasis on our collection’s strengths. More object records are regularly being added to the searchable database. You can now view over 15,000 items online.

Don't miss this exhibition

Mary Cassatt’s Women
October 31, 2019 to February 9, 2020

This fall, McNay visitors will have a special opportunity to view Mary Cassatt’s Impressionist masterpiece The Cup of Tea in Mary Cassatt’s Women. Joined by the McNay’s own suite of Cassatt’s well-known and beloved aquatints and other works on paper, The Cup of Tea is on loan exclusively to the McNay from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Cassatt received critical acclaim for The Cup of Tea in the 1881 Impressionist exhibition.

Mary Cassatt’s Women focuses on the artist’s images of the ordinary and often intimate moments from the daily lives of upper-middle class women like herself—as they care for children, ride the public omnibus, or enjoy the ritual of having tea. What makes Cassatt’s work compelling is how she elevates what could be dismissed as mundane subject matter through her masterful approach to color and composition.

Image: Mary Cassatt, The Cup of Tea, ca. 1880-81. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, From the Collection of James Stillman, Gift of Dr. Ernest G. Stillman, 1922 (22.16.17). ©️The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image Source: Art Resource, NY

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