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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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This collection is fabulous!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Lori W
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Beaumont, Texas
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Beaumont, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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Seattle, Washington
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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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Houston, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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Bowling Green, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The particular exhibits on our visit were not as good as was expected. There was one that made it worthwhile. And, their Bistro Menil was excellent!

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Chicago, Illinois
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This free museum has an interesting collection and beautiful grounds. I especially enjoyed the antiquities. Definitely worth a visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Its okay to go once and be like, yea I've been there...but the place is too quiet and the security there is kind of rude and always followed me around...like I was going to steal something. Nothing exceptional. The roof is the highlight though, really cool architecture.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Menil is a wonderful gift to Houston. We were able to see the Ghandi Peace Exhibit on it's last day and then enjoy a glass of vino at the new restaurant on the grounds.

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This was the highlight of my trip to Houston. For a small collection I have never seen so much quality.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Beautiful building and galleries, good lighting and presentation of the works d'art. Unfortunately, our visits to larger, better funded galleries have made expecting more than what was offered. By all means, visit the Menil Collection, the works are genuine and fully reflect the talent of the artists. With your appetite whetted, then visit one of the major galleries in Chicago,... More 

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