This Spanish Colonial revival-style mansion, 5 miles north of downtown and originally owned by Marion Koogler McNay, is spectacular. McNay's collection of European and American art, which she left to the city after her death in 1950, is even more stunning. Wandering from room to room, you encounter treasure after treasure, with Picasso’s Woman With A Plumed Hat and van Gogh’s Women Crossing The Fields standing out amid works by Matisse, Cézanne, Munch, Rodin and more besides.
Not all the collection, which stretches from the Renaissance to the 21st century, can be displayed at any one time. The Stieren Center, a self-described 'translucent two-story box' attached to the original mansion, hosts temporary exhibitions.