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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
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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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Houston Attractions 2016

PRO's: Take time to explore the building and grounds before entering the award winning building designed by Renzo Piano. The Menil Collection houses the contemporary art... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

PRO's: Take time to explore the building and grounds before entering the award winning building designed by Renzo Piano. The Menil Collection houses the contemporary art collection of John & Dominique deMenil left to the the citizens of Houston Texas. The Museum is free to the public and is not considered comprehensive in scope but tends to offer specialized permanent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Something for everyone in this one story sprawling museum. Check out the cultural artifacts in addition to the paintings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The building itself is beautiful - and then you walk around seeing all different types of art. Very eclectic and displayed beautifully. Lots of natural light to make the art come alive. And a variety of programs are offered in the evenings, giving you a chance to see the building in a different light. A wonderful place to wander. Admission... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is one of the most beautiful collection in Houston. There is art from different periods and they change the exhibition quite often. It is free and a relaxing place to be. Close by the Rothko Chapel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is amaazing, from everything inside to the Renzo Piano building it is housed in. Very enjoyable!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I don't find many cities with good parking good art and open after 6 This is open till 7 weds to Sunday and free You go around the world and through time There are two in depth art room in particular subjects Across street is building devoted to some guy that makes giant scribbles It's amazing that it's art I'm... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Of all the places I've visited in Houston, the Menil Collection is my hands-down first choice. The Museum is the ideal size since the collection is edited and is not overbearing. The collection of African art is a nice mix with the modern paintings. Go slow and enjoy. If you find a piece of art that 'speaks' to you, this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love art but not really wild about modern art because most of the time I think, "I could have done that"! The Menil Collection is a very nice museum and it's free. They have works by Picasso, Rothko, Matisse, Warhol, and others you would recognize. Even if you aren't into modern art, you will still enjoy visiting seeing the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a wonderful place to visit and see a wide variety of great art in a well designed building. Whenever I am in Houston I try to visit this museum. The Rothko chapel is also a great place to see with the art installed in the space it was intended to be.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great gallery with a wide range of exhibits. There was no charge to enter, not easy to reach from downtown on public transport.

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