WINNER: McNay Art Museum
6000 N. New Braunfels Ave.• (210) 824-5368
Beyond the attractions one might expect from Texas' first modern art museum — including traveling exhibitions such as "Made in Germany: Contemporary Art from the Rubell Family Collection" and signature shows like "Dressed to Kill: Glam and Gore in Theatre" — the McNay draws all walks and ages with a variety of special programs and maintains an open-gate policy for picnicking on the picturesque grounds surrounding Marion Koogler McNay's former residence, a 24-room Spanish Colonial Revival mansion. Although it offers free admission every Thursday from 4-9 p.m., the McNay takes things to the next level during monthly Second Thursday celebrations combining gallery tours, live music, food trucks and cold brews in a super-relaxed atmosphere. And for the cinephiles, the museum hosts regular screenings that complement exhibitions, not to mention classic revivals, foreign flicks and art-house fare in conjunction with its excellent Get Reel Film Series.
2. The DoSeum
2800 Broadway • (210) 212-4453
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3801 Broadway • (210) 357-1900
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