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“A visitor friendly museum”

The Menil Collection
Ranked #15 of 271 things to do in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access
Reviewed July 23, 2013

This museum makes the visit easy and peaceful. No wondering (or wandering) about which way to turn or where to go. Such an eclectic collection. Very high on our list of must-sees.

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

If you could only see one museum in Houston, this should be it. Although the collection is small, it is extraordinary. The building is also fantastic. Don't miss the Rothko Chapel--there is nothing else like it in the world. I've been there in times of joy and mourning and it suited me on both occasions.

1  Thank BuffCrone
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

This museum has a wide range and variety of different art work. It's great to glance through and randomly find 3-5 pieces that catches your eye and stuns you. This took me approximately 1 hour to slowly glance through everything.

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No Photographs

1  Thank smilie604
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Apart from the two groups of high school students that took over a few rooms (we visited on a friday) this was a thoroughly enjoyable Museum. It's incredible the amount of Surrealist and Modern Art they have, and the building itself, light/airy, one storied, makes it an intimate and yet spacious viewing experience. They had a truly interesting exhibition juxtaposing Byzantine Art with Contemporary (mainly expressionist) work in one of the wings. Bigger than you first imagine, but without being overwhelming. The gallery lies in the middle of a quaint residential neighborhood, with multiple buildings scattered between pretty small parks with art. The gallery complex is on the other side of the Freeway from the rest of the "Museum District." There was free parking and a few food trucks had set up in the lot, which would make for a handy and affordable lunch if you were so inclined.

1  Thank Susan D
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Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

I had a great time! I loved that my boys enjoy Art! Yes, i did feel like we were being stalked but chalked it up to having a 3 year old. But our boys are well behaved and know that in this environment you are quiet and do not touch anything. Everyone was nice and even complimented us on our children. The lady at the front desk was extremely nice. She spoke and answered question my teen son had and even gave him a map pointing out areas he may like. We had a great time!

1  Thank Adrienne R
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