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The Menil Collection

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Address: 1515 sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006-4729
Phone Number: 713-525-9400
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

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 is a really nice Museum, the permanent exhibit is great showing all kinds of old artifacts and the periodic exhibits are always good. Its small but its a great short visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Mexico City, Mexico
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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a really nice Museum, the permanent exhibit is great showing all kinds of old artifacts and the periodic exhibits are always good. Its small but its a great short visit.

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Round Rock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Having spent several years in New York, we genuinely miss the Met, MoMA, AMNH, the Frick, and Historic Hudson Valley. That said, thus far the Menil Collection comes closest in Texas to our longings for fine art. The modern/contemporary and surrealist collections are probably the best (and our favorite), though other galleries are worth perusing. Visiting exhibitions appear top-notch as... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I guess I’m of the minority opinion, but I was underwhelmed by this place. Having heard so much about it for years, I was excited to finally visit Houston and head for this art lovers’ shrine. The architecture, despite its tony credentials, felt dated. The collection boasted some of the biggest names in modern art, but I didn’t feel they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been here several times and each time I am more impressed than the first which is saying a lot! If you like contemporary art chances are pretty high that you will like the Menil Collection.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are reasons to see the Menial Foundation - the brilliance of a small but discerning modern and contemporary collection; a thrilling collection of Cycladic figures; a stunning Gaelic head; the Rothko Chapel (oh my!!!); the Cy Twombley building; the Dan Flavin installation; the classic Houston bungalow spread over the 30 acre site; the really really excellent Menial Bistro (Houston... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Menil has rotating collections as some permanent/semi-permanent fixtures. This is a great place to go when looking to do something during the dog days of summer. There are many eateries in walking distance and a bookstore across the street. I love going to Menil!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The permanent exhibition in the museum is stunning, I especially love the room filled with artifacts the inspired the surrealists. This is very unique and though provoking. Their special exhibits have become interesting again. The cafe is way overpriced and the bookstore should carry art by local artists. What they have on offer is scant and not that interesting.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had been here in the past. This time was exceptionally terrible. The security staff was overbearing and unwelcoming, really turned the entire experience sour. Also before they had an impressive Dali collection which is nowhere to be found. Before would have highly recommended to friends. Now wouldn't waste the time, though it is free, would rather go to MFAH and... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An extensive collection Surrealist paintings from Magritte, Max Ernst etc. The other side of the museum is devoted to African art, some exceptional pieces. Spend some time on their lawn and in the Cafe too. The whole experience makes for a very calm, soul-filling afternoon.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

More than just the Menil Collection, the campus includes Rothko Chapel, Byzantine Fresco Chapel, Cy Twombly Gallery, Menil Park, Menil Bookstore. Also located on campus is the Bistro Menil, a fine place for lunch or dinner, nice wine selection and their own craft beer.

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