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Rothko Chapel

1409 Sul Ross, Houston, TX 77006 (Neartown/ Montrose)
713 524 9839
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Ranked #80 of 171 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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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

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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96 reviews 96 reviews
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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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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97 reviews 97 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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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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37 reviews 37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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315 reviews 315 reviews
110 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

As an art lover (and major Rothko junkie), the Chapel has been on my list of to-sees for a very, very long time. For me, it did not disappoint. It is beautiful, quiet, moving, and peaceful--even a bit melancholy. However, I knew what to expect of the chapel. I'd suggest a little background reading and some open-mindedness in order to... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Unless you are a serious Rothko fan or like a small quiet meditative space, you will probably be disappointed.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

"It is a place where a great artist, turned towards the Absolute, had the courage to paint almost nothing - and did it masterfully. ~ Dominique de Menil I'm not a big Rothko fan (although I can tolerate some of his paintings) so when we entered the chapel and I saw this quote I had a hard time remaining reverent.... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

I am actually a Rothko fan but I was not prepared for nothing but big black on black on purple paintings in this wonderful building. I am with the other reviewer who said he/she wondered if this was a case of the Emperor's Clothes. The setting is quiet and beautiful but I think you need to be prepared for the... More

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