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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
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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A Very Peaceful Museum Experience

Love this place. Very peaceful, very achievable to see the whole thing in a short amount of time. The grounds around the building are also nice for walking.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Love this place. Very peaceful, very achievable to see the whole thing in a short amount of time. The grounds around the building are also nice for walking.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Stunning small museum with excellent collection of 20th century modern art and art of ancient cultures. Beautifully presented. Picassos (multiple), Bracque, Rauchenberg, Johns, Warhol, Ernst, Magritte, Man Ray, Rothko, etc etc etc. Worth the detour. Do not miss the Infinity Machine installation in the Byzantine Chapel (separate building)

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

What an oasis! This place is full of first class art, and it is free and easily accessible to everyone! Thanks Menil. What a great place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Perfect museum. Perfect size (not too big nor too small). If you are an art person you will fall in love with this beautiful collection. If you are not an art lover you will still enjoy all of the paintings and sculptures. This is an absolutely great free museum. If you are in town drive yourself to this place, you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

A must not to be missed group of buildings housing some of the best twentieth century art in the world. Do go to their website. Try to comprehend the vision of Domenic de Menil Be sure to see the Byzantine chapel the Rothko chapel the Cy Twombly gallery building and the Fan Flaven building as well as the main gallery... More 

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Houston, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Gorgeous building. Great collection. Interestingly curated. The Chamberlain at the end o the hall is always a show stopper. I love the mixture of contemporary with African--you can see the influence by modern artists. Take a walk to Rothko and across the street for the Twomby gallery, too.

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Hudson, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Do yourself a favor and Google John and Dominique de Menil before you stop in to see their personal collection of art. https://www.menil.org/de-menils-1.html It helps to have an understanding of what you are about to behold. Art from prehistoric times, art from all over the world, art of great importance. To imagine these pieces in a personal home is mind... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I've been here several times and I always come away re-inspired! It's so easy to get to and there is always parking available either in the lot or on a shady neighborhood street. This is a real Houston treasure!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Who knew that Houston had such amazing art! The Menil's certainly did Houston a huge favor by leaving this collection! That it is free, compared to the Fine Arts museum which is $15 is also great! Do not miss the Rothko Chapel and the current exhibit in the Fresco building!!

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Orange Park, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

My favorite area was the surrealism room. My son's favorite room (he is 15 and had no interest in the other rooms) was the room with the artifacts in it. There were some areas of the museum that just didn't appeal to me like the modern art room. I don't really understand huge canvases with a couple of different colors... More 

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