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Rothko Chapel

1409 Sul Ross, Houston, TX 77006 (Neartown/ Montrose)
713 524 9839
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Ranked #68 of 173 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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Utah
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65 reviews 65 reviews
25 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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
29 attraction 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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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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33 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
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
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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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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318 reviews 318 reviews
110 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 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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