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The Menil Collection

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Address: 1515 Sul Ross, Houston, TX 77006
Phone Number: 713-525-9400
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: One of the greatest private art collections in the U.S. features such...
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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great art work

also Rothko Chapel and there is a mirror installation where the byzantine Fresco was housed. I didnt like the neon light exhibition very much. The guy there was nice but it's a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

also Rothko Chapel and there is a mirror installation where the byzantine Fresco was housed. I didnt like the neon light exhibition very much. The guy there was nice but it's a bit strange to have a fluorescent light installation with white light on.. i think it detracted from the effect

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I liked the choice of works exposed and by the way they are shown. I liked the place and the quiet outdoor restaurant of the Menil.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

If you're visiting Houston, make this a destination. The price is right (but I recommend you leave a donation!) and the collections always include something any fine art aficionado would love, as well as plenty of pop and current pieces of interest. Just the minimalist design of the building is worth admirig.

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sugar land, texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I actually wrote in to the museum district about this. I don't think I received a response, unless I missed it in my junk mail. Love the Menil. No complaint there. We visited Richmond Hall this time to see a light art installment. The gallery attendant was so rude it made me very uncomfortable. There is a way to make... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Menil Collection started out as the private art collection of philanthropists John and Dominique De Menil. I am an art enthusiast, and I've visited most of the museums in the Houston Museum District. The Menil Collection stands apart because of its diversity and the museum going experience. If you love to get up close and personal with art, this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

I have lived in Houston for 20 yrs, but I always prided myself on not being a "museum visitor type". Menil was established a few years after I moved here, but I never had any desire to go there. One afternoon, mainly to check off a box, I went there. I loved how they welcomed me into this place as... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This amazing collection is free! Exhibits change during the year, so no two trips to the Menil will ever be the same. If you buy the Catalog, you have an idea of what riches the curators have available. Choosing what to put on display must be a difficult task. While mostly modern art, there are art objects from prehistory as... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I was in Houston for a business trip. One of my appointments was the Menil bookshop across the street from the museum. Unfortunately, I only had a short time to review the exhibits, but WOW ! Just one of the amazing exhibits was "Takis - The fourth dimension". I runs through July 16, 2015. There is too much greatness to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Free Picasso. You can't beat that for a cheap date. I love the Menil collection. Its fun and awesome. It gives you something to talk about. Take your OkCupid second date here.

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Bellaire, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The Menil collection is an outlier in our museum portfolio. Dedicated entirely to contemporary and modern artisits, it brings together an eclectic collection of visual arts. Sometime we like the exhibits, sometimes we hate them, but we always look forward to new exhibits. Located in an older, stable part of town, it is surrounded by tree-lined streets, residential areas and... More 

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