The Menil Collection

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The Menil Collection
4.5
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
A legacy of the philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil, the Menil Collection opened in 1987. The museum presents regular rotations of artworks from its growing permanent collection, organizes special exhibitions and programs throughout the year, publishes scholarly books, and conducts research. The Menil Collection’s main museum building anchors a parklike 30-acre campus, which also includes the Cy Twombly Gallery, a site-specific Dan Flavin installation, the Byzantine Fresco Chapel—now a venue for long-term installations by contemporary artists—and outdoor sculpture.
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RockaPanda
Louisville, KY22 contributions
Charming collection
Oct 2021 • Friends
Nice little campus in a lovely neighborhood. Free to the public with nice exhibits from ancient to modern.
Written November 1, 2021
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AG Reyes
Prince William County, VA65 contributions
Very unwelcoming. Bizarre photo policy means staff stare you down. Hard to enjoy the art.
Oct 2021
Art collection was great. Lots of thought-provoking pieces. My score is only for the unwelcoming feeling of the museum. The staff follow you around intently, largely to enforce a bizarre no photography policy that I didn't even know museums still did. I had a DSLR and was fine not taking photos (the museum is free, so you can't complain). Yet for the next hour, I was watched extremely closely, as if I was going to commit a grave crime by snapping a picture.

The reason is to allow for a more "contemplative and quiet" setting in the galleries. Which would have been fine had I not felt eyes buried deep into my back any time I tried to look at a painting. I honestly felt like a criminal walking through.

One staff member even begged me not to take photos because they've "instituted harsh measures against photographers." Did I accidentally enter Guantanamo? I had a DSLR on my shoulder because I had been taking photos of Rothko Chapel, Chapel of Saint Basil, Montrose and Buffalo Bayou Park. I understood the no picture policy and didn't even try to take a picture. Why the need to threaten?

The militant staff here made this experience extremely unsettling, and just for that I wouldn't return. Free might sound good, but you wouldn't take a punch in the stomach just because it was free, so why belittle yourself here as well? There are far better options in Houston and the MFA has a much better collection and the staff are actually courteous (what a concept!)

The only saving grave was the Flavin Installation at Richmond Hall, where the staffer was extremely nice. Otherwise hard pass.
Written October 17, 2021
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Amybowie_MI
Michigan126 contributions
Lovely spot in Houston
Jul 2021 • Couples
This is a really nice way to spend the afternoon with a very diverse collection of art. My husbands and my favorite room was the one with the byzantine icons and artifacts and it’s glorious. They have some very famous artist here including Picasso and Rothko and it doesn’t hurt that this is free with a suggested donation. The museum itself is quite striking.
Written July 23, 2021
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Robyn F
Dallas, TX270 contributions
Beautiful building, great art
May 2021
We visit any time we are in Houston. Just a lovely experience in a quaint neighborhood. Beautiful building with gorgeous lighting and an eclectic collection. Plus, it's free! Great to see with The Rothko Chapel.
Written June 2, 2021
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MTorre
Mexico City, Mexico2,826 contributions
Amazing collection
Apr 2021 • Couples
From Rothko to Magritte and Mondrian. An incredible selection of masterpieces. The building is also worth the visit. The gallery can be visited in a couple of hours or less.
Written April 19, 2021
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MeuterMedia
Seal Beach, CA2,294 contributions
make reservations!
Apr 2021 • Business
nice smal collection including my favorite ..Miro.. a dozent or so small once... parking can be a challenge. only one handicap place on road. seversal other buildings through town recommended meutermedia
Written April 17, 2021
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Ron S
New York City, NY4,884 contributions
The Menil Collection
Mar 2021
Very good collection, well structured and organized. Rene Magritte and Max Ernst are nicely presented. Photography is not allowed. The museum's store is located across the street offering very good selection of art books.
Written March 30, 2021
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PandM0
Seattle, WA128 contributions
Don't Miss This One!
Jan 2021
Architecture, both in and out, and displays were incredible. Excellent, varied collection that's so well presented. The main museum, Cy Twombly pavilion and the Rothko Chapel are all terrific and should not be missed.
Written February 2, 2021
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Vuvie
Singapore, Singapore148 contributions
Small and excellent exhibits
Feb 2020
Free entry. An amazing little gem in the middle of a quiet neighbourhood. The exhibits are mostly from the family's own private collection and considering it's a private collection, it was exciting and interesting! A little bit of everything and gave an insight into what old money collects haha.

The outside is gorgeous open field with a cafe or two across the street. We sat on the grass in the sun and had some coffee and chill out after that.

It was really lovely.
Written January 21, 2021
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mjsheridan130
New York City, NY242 contributions
Disappointing
Oct 2020
I was just disappointed with my experience. While it is great this museum is free, and the architecture of the buildings and grounds are nice, I wasn't impressed with how the space was curated. The items are confusing arranged with unclear reasoning and none of the art has any explanation plaques or further information. Beyond the title of the work and the artist name you have no other information about the piece. I also was under the impression this was mainly a modern art museum, however while it did have some impressive examples of post war art, most of the museum was full of objects around the world such as Africa or Polynesia. While this isn't bad in itself, it definitely wasn't what I was expecting or led to believe.
Written October 16, 2020
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