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Adult Tours

Adult Tours

Tours For Art Loving Adults

Groups of 10 or more may reserve a guided tour with a McNay docent or staff member during regular business hours.

Members looking at art

Book an Adult Tour

These tours are one hour long and must be booked at least two weeks in advance. See below for tour options and FAQs. Once you are ready to book tour tour, click the “Book A Tour” button to fill out the online request form. Please have the following ready:

  • Tour option your group has selected.
  • Choice of two dates and times.
  • Size of group.

If you have any questions or special requests, please e-mail us or call 210.805.1767.

Tour Options

Mix and Match

Tour a selection of the McNay’s highlights and special exhibitions. Indicate your group’s special interests (i.e. Francophile, shutterbug, theatre junkie, etc.)

Lovingly Marion

A back-to-basics tour of the McNay Collection. For visitors who want to see the McNay’s hot spots, this tour highlights Marion Koogler McNay’s bequest of her home and art collection with particular emphasis on 20th and 21st-century modernist artists Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Diego Rivera among others.

Art and Architecture

The McNay Residence and Stieren Center for Exhibitions are architectural works of art. Marion Koogler McNay’s residence was completed in 1929. In 1954, the McNay Art Museum opened to the public. Discover the Spanish Colonial Revival residence’s decorative features from myriad tiles to the wrought iron grilles and stenciled ceilings. Designed by internationally renowned architect Jean-Paul Viguier, the Stieren Center for Exhibitions opened in 2008. Capturing the South Texas light, the Stieren Center provides an ideal space for large exhibitions and showcases 20th- and 21st-century sculpture from the McNay’s collection.

Staff Guided Tour

$30 per person.

Join a McNay staff member for a deep dive into exhibitions, specific works of art, and the processes at work behind the scenes of the Museum. Subject to staff availability.


Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a tour cost?

Docent-guided tours are $15 per adult (20+), and $10 per teen (13–19). McNay members and children 12 & under are FREE! Staff-guided tours are $30 per person and do not qualify for a Member discount. The price of all tours includes admission to the entire museum for the whole day.

When can I schedule a tour?

Tours are offered during regular business hours. We open at 10 am Wednesday through Saturday, and at noon on Sundays. We close at 6 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays, 5 pm on weekends, and 9 pm on Thursday nights. Tours must be scheduled at least 1.5 hours before the Museum closes.

If you would like to schedule an exclusive, behind-the-scenes, after-hours tour, you can find more information here.

How long are guided-tours?

Both docent-guided and staff-guided tours are approximately one hour long.

Do you offer tours in any languages other than English?

Arrangements can be made in advance to schedule tours in select languages. For more information, email us, or call 210.805.1767.

Are there drop-in tours?

Stop in for a docent-guided tour on the first and third Sundays of the month. No advanced booking necessary! Explore our permanent collection at 3 pm on the first Sunday when entrance to the Main Collection Galleries is FREE, or tour one of our special exhibitions at 3 pm on the third Sunday (regular admission rates apply).