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The Menil Collection

1515 Sul Ross, Houston, TX 77006 (Neartown/ Montrose)
713-525-9400
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As featured in Houston on a budget and 1 other guide
Ranked #10 of 173 Attractions in Houston
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... more » 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. « less
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Houston, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

This gem lives in an understated building that matches the neighborhood. Free admission, for an eclectic collection of surrealist, modern, and ethnic art. This was the personal collection of John and Dominique de Menil, and is top quality.

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New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A relatively small area with a spotty collection with some first rate objects. Definitely worth a visit. The adjoining Rothko Chapel, the Twombly collection and the Dan Flavin installation should definitely be part of one's visit; all within walking distance

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Utah
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25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Menil Collection--lots of modern art in three separate buildings. we were annoyed by the museum docents(?) who watched us like a hawk and followed us from room to room. It should be obvious to anyone who watches us for more than two seconds that our kids know exactly how to behave in a museum. They don't get too close to... More

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Richmond, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This FREE museum's size is large enough to provide an assortment of art to engage any art lover's heart, yet small enough to not be overwhelming. Are you "in town" and have an extra hour to spend before heading home? This is a wonderful place to do just that. They have a wonderful collection of antiquities from all over the... More

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Paris, France
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Located in a nice and quite area, I recommend the visit of one of the richest private collection given by the Schlumberger du Menil family. So nice

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Houston, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This (FREE!) gem of a small art museum hosts interesting temporary exhibits as well as rotating permanent collection exhibits, some very unusual such as this year's Magritte show and fashions from a Houston socialite. Parking is being improved as the museum is smack dab in the middle of 1 of Houston's oldest central neighborhoods.

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Houston, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This free museum is a breath of fresh air. The grounds and building are beautiful. I'm not always a fan of the art but the building itself has won awards for design. It is quiet, cool and free. They are adding a modest restaurant and gift shop soon, so I hear. This is a great spot to unwind from the... More

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Houston, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

What a great gift to Houston. These are some great works of art for all people. We really enjoyed all the artwork.

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Houston, Texas
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

A marvelous contribution to the Houston art scene, the Menil sets the bar for small museums. Variety of exhibits open the minds of all who visit - and at no charge by the way.

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Austin, Texas
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

When we're in Houston, we always like to take time out to stop by the Menil. They always have very interesting, unique exhibits. Because it is such an outstanding museum, we are always pleasantly surprised that they don't charge admission.

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