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The Menil Collection

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Neighborhood: Neartown/ Montrose
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Address: 1515 sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006-4729
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+1 713-525-9400
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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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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Excellent Collection And No Admission Fee - How Great!

The Menil is always a great visit and an interesting discovery. The permanent collection has some great Pacific art from Polynesia, Micronesia, etc. Right near it is the... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Menil is always a great visit and an interesting discovery. The permanent collection has some great Pacific art from Polynesia, Micronesia, etc. Right near it is the Byzantine Chapel and Rothko Chapel, which make a nice afternoon - we even take a picnic meal and enjoy it in the park across from the main building of the Menil Collection.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Menil collection has several galleries of art and archaeological collections. There is one gallery that is for mature audiences, but the rest is pretty family friendly. It's free to enter, and there's a park and green area nearby. While like many galleries, there is no photography allowed, but sometimes the workers there can be a little rude when reminding... More 

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Albion, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This free museum houses an extraordinary collection of modern art. The surrealism exhibit we viewed was an unexpected treasure. Absolutely worth the trip to Houston to see. Visiting the building and grounds of the Menil, the gift shop, the neighborhood as part of the larger Houston Museum District are a great way to spend an afternoon. You will be surprised!

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our family spent a wonderful afternoon at The Menil. It was our first time to visit. We could not believe that there was no charge to see this incredible art. Our favorite was the Picasso exhibit.

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Garden City
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great for the price....free.....great collection and near several of the smaller exhibits within walking distance

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Houston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great art for free and so you can spend as much time or as little as you want and always get your money's worth. The Bistro Menil north of the museum has wonderful food and a great atmosphere.

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Thank Bill738
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I like taking guests here because it is a beautiful building and easy to go through the exhibits without a lot of fuss. There is a really cute and nature oriented café on the premises and across the street a book and gift shop and another extension with a light exhibit that you can walk to on a pretty day...down... More 

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Santa Fe, NM
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

"Picasso The Line" Exhibition was fantastic, as well as "Holy Barbarians: Beat Culture on the West Coast".

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of my favorite places to walk around, mixes some of my favorite modern and surrealist art with traditional tribal arts. Offers a look into the global influences of the modernists. The museum is also laid out in a very aesthetically relaxing way, a wonderful experience that I look forward to repeating again and again.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent one and a half hours here which was ample. I also crossed the road and visited the Rothko Chapel. Of particular interest were the oldest exhibits - 15,000 years BC. I also enjoyed the Picassos and the African art. Everything is on one storey. Free but donations are suggested. There are other things to see within easy walking distance.

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