McNay Art Museum, San Antonio
My first visit was for college course requirement - I came and fell in love with the wonderful atmosphere of the building.
We were to write about the collections of art (anything from the following modern artists Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Auguste Rodin, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso, to Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Sloan, and Marsden Hartley and more besides). But nothing stired my interest more than that the house itself. I just wanted to "live" here as Marion Koogler McNay did in this 24 room house, surrounded by 23 landscaped acres built in the late 1920's. I looked down on the moorish courtyard and relaxed in the sun surrounded by balconies and wrought iron lamps - relaxing perfection.
Although admission is free - a $5 bill is recommended - please pay and keep up this awesome building for the future.
Unfortunately the museum wasn't open on the way we went so hopefully next year I'll be able to update this tip with a bit more info about the museum's collection. But even if it was closed, it was still worth going because the grounds are really gorgeous and the museum itself is located in a splendid Spanish colonial revival-style villa. There are some outdoor sculptures to see, some beautiful garden arrangements, and visitors are welcome to bring a picnic. Admission is free and there's plenty of parking space available. Chances are you'll see a bride or two go by as this is a very popular spot for wedding pictures!
Those who enjoy modern art will appreciate a visit here as the museum does have some signifcant works of art such as paintings by Picasso. In addition to the exhibits, the museum itself is set in a mansion that is an itself an architectural masterpiece. The grounds are also nice for exploring.
This small museum has beautiful grounds and Spanish architecture. It used to be a woman's home. General exhibits are free, and special exhibits moderately priced.