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Rothko Chapel

1409 Sul Ross, Houston, TX 77006 (Neartown/ Montrose)
713 524 9839
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Ranked #77 of 175 Attractions in Houston
Type: Art Museums, Religious Sites
Description: A tribute to contemporary art: this beautiful building contains 14 paintings by the famous artist Mark Rothko and a sculpture by Barnett Newman.
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93 reviews 93 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Not impressed with our stop at the Rothko Chapel. Very interesting inside and awkward to be honest. Especially with squeaky shoes coming in. I wouldn't really recommend it, very anti-climatic.

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El Paso, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Tranquil ?- yes. Peaceful? - for sure. Non-denominational? ok. Contemplative? - depends. I mostly tried to feel the way I thought I was supposed to feel, and looked at other visitors to see if I could tell what they were thinking, and that didn't really happen. I kept imagining how much fun Jackson Pollock might have had with those blank... More

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Utah
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25 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I've been a fan of Rothko for a long time now, but had never had a chance to see the Rothko Chapel until now! I had seen photos of it before, so I knew what to expect--large canvasses of black paint (or, a few with dark purple). It wasn't as "spiritual" of an experience as I was hoping for, but... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Rothko was one of the greatest painters of the last century. This is a dimly lit chapel built in concrete. Some have compared it to a bunker. The fourteen large paintings are rich, deep virtual monochromes. This is not a place to pop in and out of in order to get a quick snap on your iphone. It's a space... More

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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This is an extraordinary and tranquil space, a break from the hustle of the city and indeed of yourself. If ever there was a place to just 'be', this is it.

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Interesting place. very serene. but a bit odd for me. worth a look after the visit the Menil Museum.

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

A highly unusual place to encounter. At first sight I thought 'Whaat?' but after just a few minutes of quiet contemplation I began to get it. Reminded me of Quaker Meeting houses. Set in beautiful grounds.

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Houston, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

My family still laughs about the time I made them go here. We were expecting a grand chapel. It is an empty room with large black canvases on each wall and a bench in front of each.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

The Rothko Chapel is pretty much exactly what you would expect - the 14 dark paintings are very reflective and manage to conjour an atmosphere that is religious yet completely non-denominational. It is a contemplative space more than a museum but definitely worth seeing and spending a little time thinking quietly in, especially if you are visiting the Menil Collection

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Houston, TX
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

This was my second stop on my personal Art Day. As others have noted, it is stark and minimalist. If you feel that your life is too happy and bubbly, come for a visit and they'll cure that in short order. I'm not an artsy person by any definition; I just happen to like what I like. The first docent... More

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