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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 #9 of 174 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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Tucson
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This is an absolute must see if you are in to art and historical artifacts. There is no charge and there is lots to see. I read some of the other reviews about cranky security guards but they were all very kind to us.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

They have a great collection and worth looking at, but the museum staff would make sure that your every move is monitored and no pictures are taken! My well behaved kid had to be even more well behaved at this museum! A new level of well behaved, lol.

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Sofia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I have been to the Menil collection a number of times, and it has always been an amazing experience. First off, the building is AWESOME - it has won a number of architecture awards. The permanent collections are great, and I love the Orthodox icons and the Rothko chapel. Must-see!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

This is my special Houston sanctuary. I go and leave so refreshed and inspired. They have the biggest Magritte collection! Take a picnic and eat outside in the cute park across the street.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Keep your eye on the schedule. You are sure to catch a gem of a collection at this Art Museum. Some permanent collection but they get very good traveling collections in and you can combine it with the other museums for a several day trip to Houston.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The exhibitions are always well presented and the ambience of the museum is ideal. Parking is sometimes difficult, but well worth the effort.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

An amazing space and a wonderful collection of art. Helpful staff and an amazing oak tree outside! Best of all, this extraordinary collection is free to visit. A Houston must!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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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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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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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