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The Menil Collection

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
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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The only major art museum in Houston to visit

Fantastic works of art from the Pacific to the Paleolithic to Modern. The lighting is natural and is easy to navigate the museum. A museum to quietly stroll and study the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Houston, Texas
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79 reviews 79 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Fantastic works of art from the Pacific to the Paleolithic to Modern. The lighting is natural and is easy to navigate the museum. A museum to quietly stroll and study the paintings and sculptures. If the Menil was not in Houston, they would not have a museum on this level.

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Sometimes huge art museums like the Metropolitan in New York, the Louvre in Paris and the Prado in Madrid can be overpowering and intimidating. This is a smaller and very manageable museum. It is ideal for children and seniors who may tire easily because you experience great art across cultures and centuries, from prehistoric times to the present, in a... More 

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Canoga Park CA
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Most of the collection is housed in a modern building designed by architect Renzo Piano. There is a long central corridor with rooms on either side conatining the art. There is a good surrealist collection, plus ancient art and African art and a few temporary shows. There is also a large collection of modern art. An entire separate building contains... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

the Museum of the Menil collection is in a very nice area together with the Rothko Chapel , the Twombly Gallery and the Richmond Hall were Dan Flavin has his intallation ! The architect of the building is Renzo Piano who also buillt the Beyeler Museum in Basel Switzerland and the Beaubourg Museum in Paris. My favorite architect for Museums... More 

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

this is only for the true 'modern' artist lover. otherwise it is quite inaccessbile from what i have observed. lots of interest but also lots of suppressed giggling... take your choice.

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Confines of Texas
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The Menil gallery near St. Thomas University holds an eclectic collection of art ranging from modern works to ancient sculptures from some of the earliest civilizations. The gallery is great for a weekend afternoon viewing. It's not as comprehensive as MFAH's vast exhibits, but it has enough diversity between the native Alaskan masks, sketches from Cezanne, and Rothko's modern pieces... More 

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Beaumont, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Beautiful building and grounds. I especially love visiting the Twombley Gallery. Be sure to ask for information about all of the different buildings with collections--there are several.

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Dallas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Make sure you see the Rothko Chapel and the Cy Twombly Museum. They say this must be 100 characters, so this is filler.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I wouldn't have spent as long in here as my friends wanted to, but it's a pretty neat (though a bit random) collection of art. There's a lot of abstract and postmodern stuff, plus a lot of surrealism and impressionism with some antiquities, African art, and Native American art in there as well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The Menil has some great art and its exhibits are consistently interesting. The parking is difficult. It's great that the Menil is in a neighborhood, but be prepared to drive around a while looking for parking.

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