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The Menil Collection

Address: 1515 Sul Ross, Houston, TX 77006 (Neartown/ Montrose)
Phone Number: 713-525-9400
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Ranked #6 of 133 Attractions in Houston
Type: Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: One of the greatest private art collections in the U.S. features such surrealist works as those by...
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Type: Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: One of the greatest private art collections in the U.S. features such surrealist works as those by Salvador Dali and Max Ernst, and offers visitors a sign-free and simply-designed environment in which to experience the art in a more personal way. The main building is accompanied by four satellite buildings.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

My Girlfriend and I went to the Menil for a half-day adventure. Great pieces and an absolutely wonderful display (not to mention it's all free). The staff perturbed me a bit. There should be signs that say "no pictures." Every great museum I have been to has different rules about this. Louvre - pics are permissible so long as no... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Surrealists, ancient artefacts, installations; a small slice of a private collection now open to the public for free - but easily worth the suggested $10 donation. Visit all of the buildings, not just the main gallery - they are all worth a look.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

I especially enjoyed the large collection of artifacts from Africa. The special collections were also interesting with several offbeat video clips.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The permanent collection of Surrealist masters including most notably works by Giorgio de Chirico, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Man Ray, and Yves Tanguy, as well as Cubist and School of Paris paintings by Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso is always on display though they have many more treasures than can be shown at once and some exhibits are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The Menil features an eclectic collection of works. From Rothko originals to sculptures to rare books and special exhibits. When we visited there was a Ghandi exhibit on display. The Menil is a nice stop offering a little something for everyone who has an interest in art. And it's free. Also great when coupled with the Rothko Chapel next door.

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El Paso, Texas, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

They employ some overweight, power hungry Russian woman who screams at anyone with their cell phone out - heaven forbid you get a phone call or a text message! She made most of us feel very uncomfortable and I was glad to leave to get away from her. I hope that the management reconsiders her employment!

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Udine, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The collection isn't very interesting, mostly surrealist works, but the Twonbly Gallery is outstanding, entirely dedicated to the artist. A sequence of rooms where you can experience his art in all its complexity. Moreover the building itself, the location, and the entire project, the history of the de Menils are worth the visit.

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I really loved the surrealist section. There were a few stunning Max Ernst's and quite a few Magritte - and several artists that I wasn't aquainted with beforehand but really liked. It's worth going just for that section. I wish I could have taken some photos - especially since the shop didn't carry postcards of the works I wanted pictures... More 

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Dallas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Not your usual museum. It is a great private collection that is now available to see. And for Free! The collection is very interesting and that day we saw a special exhibit with the artist on site doing an explanation of his work. Was a great way to spend a couple of hours when it was raining in the morning.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

A stunning collection--including Palaeolithic, Surrealist, and Pop Art sections in a stunning Renzo Piano building. And, it's free.

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