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The Menil Collection

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Neighborhood: Neartown/ Montrose
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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
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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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The best museum in the USA!

This museum space has more world class paintings with a storage space contains more! Go to the internet and be awed. Remember every visit you make will "set your heart on Fire"!

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Houston, Texas
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum space has more world class paintings with a storage space contains more! Go to the internet and be awed. Remember every visit you make will "set your heart on Fire"!

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The Woodlands, Texas
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73 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great (free entry) collection, with surrealism, ancient Egyptian and Greece art, Alaska, paintings, sculptures, ... great variety. I was impressed, I'm not a big museum person, but the variety and the unpretentious atmosphere makes it a great place to visit for a rainy afternoon or hot day. You can't see often Picasso, Salvadore Dali etc.

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Thank DutchTX
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44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you are planning on spending any time visiting museums in Houston you cannot miss the Menil Collection (and by extension the Rothko Chapel next door). I'm not sure which is better; the fact that the menil collection is free or the actual collection itself. If you are reading this review than you are already halfway interested in visiting. Rather... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's always insightful to see a collector's personal taste reflected in their holdings, and the Menil Collection is a superb example of a stunning collection of contemporary art. For me, probably too much surrealism, but I respect that that is their taste, not mine. The building is every bit as stunning, if not more so, than the collection, and the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Menil Collection is one of those really spectacular things that we are so lucky to have in Houston. The art and artifacts are outstanding and the grounds are just lovely. Best of all, it's free! It's a must see for any art lover. I come again and again. I can't wait to come have a picnic in the Spring.

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Thank KittiQ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Collection has paintings by Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko and Salvador Dalí and much more. There is also physical art by Alexander Calder. The museum's permanent collection has significant collection of archeological art. Park like setting with bistro, museum store and Rothko Chapel. Good parking lot. The Houston Photography Center (HPC) is close.

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Thank Joe M
Los Angeles, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The campus, the neighborhood and the collection are all excellent. Be sure visit the separate Cy Twombly and Dan Flavin galleries and the Rothko Chapel. Highest recommendation.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been there various times, the setting is nice and always great exhibitions for free! Different types of exhibitions with paintings as well as sculptures, it is definitely a place to visit.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The design of the building shows off the exhibits to their best advantage. The current antiquities exhibition is broad in coverage. However the identification and explanation of the items are minimal. No context is supplied. It is basically an interesting potpourri of items. The twentieth century paintings will have their fans and detractors. The small Magritte collection is exquisite.

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Lafayette, LA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We only get to the Menil once a year. But every time we go there is Something that catches my eye. This time it was a Rothko painting that had not gone to the retrospective exhibition at the Fine Arts museum. And there's lots more. It's free. Part of the museum is very modern/contemporary and part is antiquities! What a... More 

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