Exciting Changes in the McNay Galleries

What’s Going on at the McNay?

Get ready for a new roof, new floors in select galleries, fresh paint, reinvented lighting systems and transformed gallery installations. While we are making this happen behind the scenes, you may experience a few gallery closures and entryway reroutes on your visits to the McNay. There will always be plenty to see, do, and enjoy while these gallery updates are underway, and none of your favorite McNay programming will be affected. Closures are being staggered to make sure as little is closed for as short a time as possible. Scroll down for an extensive guide on what to expect and read through the helpful FAQ's. programming will be affected. Closures are being staggered to make sure as little is closed for as short a time as possible. Scroll down for an extensive guide on what to expect and read through the helpful FAQ's. 

Questions? Concerns? Reach out to info@mcnayart.org for a prompt response.

The McNay Reimagined

The McNay Reimagined is a new way of thinking about the beloved works of art in the McNay collection. The curatorial staff has worked together to approach the Museum’s collection in an entirely different and nontraditional way, looking for timeless themes to create the gallery installations. This new approach brings together works of art from across disciplines, movements, and eras to create exciting and provocative juxtapositions. Consider the portrait. Artists have studied the human face for centuries, depicting models, clients, family members, and even themselves. The McNay’s new installation brings together a range of portraits, from Pablo Picasso’s Portrait of Sylvette to Heidi McFall’s contemporary monochromatic pastel of Gabby—even a 16th-century portrait of Anna de Bergh by the Flemish painter called Mabuse. Images of men by Americans John Sloan and Norman Lewis are installed adjacent to late 19th-century works by Europeans Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Paul Cézanne. This installation invites viewers to explore the commonalities as well as the differences in these diverse objects.


Something to Say: The McNay Presents 100 Years of African American Art

Thursday, February 8 – Sunday, May 6 

30 Americans: Rubell Family Collection

Thursday, February 8 – Sunday, May 6 

Haiti's Revolution in Art: Jacob Lawrence's Toussaint L'Ouverture Series

Thursday, February 8 – Sunday, May 6 

Captain Seth Eastman's Journey with a Sketchbook: Down the Mississippi

Thursday, January 4 – Sunday, April 1, 2018

100 Years of Printmaking in San Antonio: Mary Bonner

Thursday, January 4 – Sunday, April 1, 2018

ARTMATTERS17: Mi McNay es Su McNay

Thursday, October 26, 2017 – Sunday, July 1, 2018, Frost & Patio Galleries


Closed Temporarily:

  • Downstairs Main Collection Galleries (Zilker/Langs)
  • Halff Orientation Room

Many of the Main Collection Galleries have reopened. The final spaces to open are the Lang Galleries in spring 2018.

When the galleries reopen, visitors can expect to see the McNay collection transformed with old favorites in new juxtapositions, a few surprises, and a fresh approach to presenting our collection. We will be announcing official opening dates for the transformed galleries soon: stay tuned!



Q: Why is this happening now?

A: Last year, we experienced damage to our roof caused by hail. We have to replace our roof, and we are taking the opportunity afforded by these repairs to reinstall and transform our main collection galleries. 

Q: Will this affect admission?

A: Admission will remain the same as all special exhibitions will be open to guests.

Q: Will this affect Museum hours?

A: Hours will not be affected by gallery closures or construction. Click here for McNay hours and more.

Q: Will this affect events or programming?

A: No events on our calendar will be canceled or rescheduled. Click here to find something to do at the McNay!

Q: I want to book an event rental. Will I still be able to do so?

A: Our Special Events team will be happy to walk you through all available options. Reach out to rentals@mcnayart.org or call (210) 805-1782 to get started.