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The Menil Collection
Ranked #15 of 327 things to do in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: *Please note that the main museum building located at 1533 Sul Ross Street is off view through summer 2018. The Cy Twombly Gallery, Byzantine Fresco Chapel, Dan Flavin Installation at Richmond Hall, Menil Menil Bookstore, and Bistro Menil will remain open with regular hours. The Menil will continue to host public programs. Please visit menil.org for more information.* 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.
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Certainly a must in Houston for modern art fans. An impressive collection of surrealist painting and sculpture,and also more classic and primitive art. A must in Houston with free admittance.

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

I love art, particularly modern and contemporary. This collection has some of the best of both. And it is housed in one of the more impressive settings I've ever seen. I especially loved the natural lighting that is one of the most impressive features of the architecture. The sculpture gardens and the landscaping with the recessed artistic trim were unique and part of the total "package".

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Reviewed March 11, 2013

this was such an unexpected treat. the menil family collected such wonderful works of modern art. worth the $10 suggested dontation, it sits near the rothko chapel. you can see the alternate paintings for the chapel in this collection too. just wonderful if you enjoy that period of art!

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

I was hiking around Houston with a great group of people - the Bayou City Outdoors group. They have planned and guided hikes, outings of all sorts, backpacking and camping trips, etc. for their members and guests. I was on a BCO hike when we came to this unassuming-looking building in the middle of a neighborhood, and our guide suggested that it would be a good place for a break. It was amazing! They have quite a collection of artists' works on display, in a beautiful gallery setting. They accept donations but do not charge admission fees. It was hard to leave to continue the hike! If you happen to be in Houston, look them up - it will be worth your time and effort to go there.

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Reviewed February 24, 2013

I had been wanting to visit this very special museum for a long time, as I am interested in Surrealist art, of which they have a famous collection. I was not disappointed: the display was wonderful and the selection of works a thoughtful balance between the better-known and unfamiliar but enlightening. Best of all was the room of Surrealist "witnesses": objects which inspired the artists--a treasure trove of weird and wonderful material. I regret I didn't have time to see more of the museum, which is in a beautiful, spacious building in a leafy neighborhood. It is a complex and includes the Rothko Chapel and Byzantine chapel, as well as a Dan Flavin light installation--all worth visiting, I'm told. Next time! The bookshop is excellent and very informal, in a little cottage across the road. They really could do with a cafe or some source of refreshment, however--it's a long way from any restaurants. It is also a bit hard to find, and a long walk from the Museum District metro stop, so make sure you can give your cab driver good directions.

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