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The Menil Collection

1515 Sul Ross, Houston, TX 77006 (Neartown/ Montrose)
713-525-9400
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Ranked #7 of 126 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

A beauty spot in Houston. Very intimate and the wonderful design of the spaces makes you really feel like part of the whole experience. Greatly appreciated how each single object links to the others - a very organically put together collection.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This museum is tucked into a small historic residential area. There were varied exhibits and all were very well curated. The building itself was designed by Piano and is a perfect setting to view everything. I will visit again!

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The Menil provides a very good display of art and it is free admission. The surrounding area has a park like feel providing a good place to get outdoors and enjoy the great weather as well as check out the art on display.

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Medford, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I visited the Menil on a Friday afternoon with my sister. This was my 3rd or 4th time to the gallery. We came specifically to see the special exhibit on Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence which is a collection of drawings, paintings, films, and photographs of various artists on the ethics of satyagraha. The Menil seems to let you wander... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

How lucky we are by the generosity of the de Menil family. The outstanding art collection in this peaceful little paradise in busy Houston is displayed in an amazing building by Renzo Piano. The Surrealist collection by artists like Max Ernst and Magritte is phenomenal. A visit to the Rothko Chapel for total peace is very special. And a visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I live fairly close to this place and its excellent and a real privilege to have something like this in Houston. A unique designed building by Renzo Piano and excellent collection of pieces and always great exhibitions on. Just alongside is the Rothko chapel another excellent place to visit and there is a good restaurant there also called the Menil... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Serendipity! While visiting I became part of a study by the University of Houston on how art affects the brain. Fascinating! Within walking distance of the Rothko Chapel, another 'must-see'

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The Menil Collection is a fantastic place to view modern art. The permanent collection includes several masterpieces from Magritte to Warhol. The Rothko Chapel may be the most peaceful place in Houston (the fourth largest city in the US). Free admission and free parking. The Menil is awesome!

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Menil Collection itself is ok. When they have special exhibits sometimes they're not too bad but most of the art there is not what I generally like, more abstract, just my opinion of course. I prefer the art at the Museum of Fine Arts more since they have the ones that my eyes appreciate more. The admission is free... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

John and Dominique de Menil were one of the greatest collectors in the world, amassing the most impressive collection of surrealist art anywhere, including iconic works by Max Ernst, Man Ray and Rene Magritte. The permanent collection also includes extensive holdings of African and Byzantine art, among others. In addition, there are always interesting and ambitious temporary exhibitions. Recent ones... More 

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