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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 #11 of 171 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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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

So many do not know we have this marvelous museum that is so special.. The collection is not like most and the surrounding buildings house other museums that they have.. it is FREE and you can learn so much...

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

So blessed to have this museum in our area. This is a free museum with art and artifacts that are awesome. Love to go there

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is a beautiful, free art gallery. The staff is very friendly and willing to answer any questions you may have. The grounds outside are lovely, and are a nice place to have lunch before walking around the gallery. There is a place where food trucks park nearby, and they are different every day. You can check twitter to see... More

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HOUSTON
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Built by Schlumberger widow to house her collection, and gave it to city. FREE! Pre-Columbian, and 20th century moderns, and traveling exhibits of contemporary stuff. Did I say it was FREE? All Houston museums were free when I was a kid *sigh*. Check out the craftsman style homes in the neighborhood.

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Houston, Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This beautiful museum was designed by architecture great Renzo Piano to house the immense collections of John and Dominique de Menil and is located in the Montrose area in the center of Houston. It's a lovely, serene space, and just a a couple minute walk from the Rothko Chapel and the Cy Twombly Museum. Although the permanent collection is extensive,... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Have lived in Houston all my life and just recently went to the museum. I was really impressed. Very nice and free!!

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Houston, Texas
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11 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Although the exhibition is not very extensive, it really grabs attention and provides a quiet environment for contemplation. The surrounding lawn area is very nice, especially in quiet evenings.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This free museum is worth visiting every time you are in the area. The displays are changed periodically. It is a collection amassed by a private collector who also paid for the museum building to display the pieces. There was art from all time periods, areas, and disciplines. Basically, these folks enjoyed all kinds of visual arts and obviously collected... More

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Houston, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We live in Houston and Menil is my go-to place when I'm looking fro something to do for a few hours. There are two to three different collections at any one time (in addition to a few rooms with that house a permanent, I think, collection). The exhibitions are eclectic--as are its permanent collection. Admission is free. Even if the... More

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Interesting place, not really my thing but went because it was highly recommended and is free!! Still cool to walk through, although I wont lie I don't think I got the full experience :)

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