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Cool off from the hot Texas Hill Country summer days with a trip to one of San Antonio’s museums. What? What was that noise? It’s summer?! Yep, summer is just around the corner. What happens in the summer in The Texas Hill Country? Heat…and a whole lot of it! So why not get out of the heat and enjoy a little art and culture? The art mecca of The Hill Country is San Antonio. The three museums highlighted below are different but all equally wonderful in their own right. It is a guaranteed good time for everyone young and old.

1. The Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum

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The McNay Art Museum was the first museum of modern art in Texas. It was originally the private residence of Ohio-born Marion Koogler. Marion came to Texas when she married Don McNay in 1917. The McNays resided in Laredo until Don took ill with influenza while serving overseas and died that same year. In 1926, Marion married Donald Atkinson. They hired San Antonio architects Atlee and Robert Ayres to build the Spanish Colonial style home. Striking iron work, stenciled ceilings and ceramic tile embellishments make this former residence a work of art in and of itself. Unfortunately, Marion’s marriage to Donald ended in 1936 at which point she reclaimed the McNay name.

The art collection all started with the purchase of Diego Rivera’s Delfina Flores. In the many years that followed, until her death in 1950, she amassed an impressive collection of paintings from Europe and New Mexico. Marion willed her art collection, house and sprawling acreage to establish the first museum of modern art in Texas. The McNay Art Museum proudly opened in 1954.

Today the McNay’s collection includes over 20,000 works of art. The collection has expanded its scope to include:

  • European Art
  • American Art
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Theatre Arts
  • Prints and Drawings
  • French Art Glass
  • Medieval and Renaissance Art
  • Southwestern Art

2. Witte

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