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“Bad Experience”
Review of Chinati Foundation

Chinati Foundation
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Marfa
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Owner description: An art museum operated by the Chinati Foundation, housed in a former U.S. Cavalry post, Fort D.A. Russell.
San Antonio, Texas
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Bad Experience”
Reviewed July 23, 2012

Guided tour only? A person cannot view the artwork on their own? At the Chinati Foundation you can only view the collections with a tour guide and if you arrive too late (as we did), then you are not allowed to enter the museum. It was 2:00, the door was locked, and though they have a doorbell, the guy inside refused to answer it, even though he was visible through the window. We only wanted to walk the outside premise and, as the grounds were still open, we wanted to make sure this was okay. Just then another museum person pulled up into the parking lot and said it was fine for us to walk the outdoor area but was surprised nobody had answered the door. Heading towards the outdoor exhibit, the guy inside came running out (at last) and warned against not having the appropriate footwear and that there were two more hours before closing time.
I've been to plenty of art exhibits and have never been required to use a guide. I especially did not like the fact that you have a lunch break between the tour; which ties up your day based on the tour. Are ordinary people incapable of viewing art or respecting art on their very own? Is this art not meant for the masses? It would have been nice to see the inside exhibits for at least the last two remaining hours the foundation was still open. It would have been even greater to view the art independently and individually through unadulterated eyes.

Visited July 2012
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Los Angeles
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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Don't Miss It!”
Reviewed July 12, 2012

Whether you are interested in contemporary art or not...don't miss visiting Chinati. It's a fantastic visit into the mind of an American visionary, Donald Judd.

Visited April 2012
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Killeen, Texas
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18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Must do for Marfa”
Reviewed July 2, 2012

The Chinati Foundation was wonderful, we did the 100 works in aluminum tour that takes about 30-60mins, it really depends on how quickly you go through the works. I personally enjoy the beauty of minimal art, so if you are not into that it might not be as enjoyable. That particular was $10 for adults, $5 for students. Make sure to bring, or buy water because the buildings are not air conditioned so it gets hot and stuffy. Also wear good shoes, most of the paths are rocks and the buildings are concrete so it can get hard on your feet.

Visited July 2012
Thank blkocian
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Must do”
Reviewed June 29, 2012

Awesome and informative
Contemplative and stimulating

Visited June 2012
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Santa Monica, California
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30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Well worth the visit.”
Reviewed June 12, 2012 via mobile

Well, you may not like minimalist art, but Chinati Foundation is a must see. It's a great view of the minimalist New York artist Judd and his cohorts. The staff is verry friendly and we had a wonderful and knowlegable guide. And the setting is spectacular. Don't miss it if in the area.

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