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The Menil Collection

1533 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006-4729
+1 713-525-9400
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Unfortunately the main building was closed for remodeling...but

The Rothko Chapel, the Byzantine Fresco Chapel, and the Cy Twombly Pavilion require a little more... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Richard F
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Flint, MI, United States
Love The Menil!

My favorite art museum! The paintings come and go, of course, but they've invariably had several... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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*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.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1533 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006-4729
Neartown/ Montrose
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Rothko Chapel, the Byzantine Fresco Chapel, and the Cy Twombly Pavilion require a little more spiritual and art appreciation than I possess. We may have been discouraged by the staff to see much of the Byzantine Fresco Chapel, I don't know. The art of...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

My favorite art museum! The paintings come and go, of course, but they've invariably had several Magritte's, Warhol's, and so forth on display over the years. Admission is always free, but be aware, the collection is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays (which seems to be...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a first class museum with first class art and exhibits. I read someone say that the people are snobs...I don't go to look at the people so I really couldn't care less.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The modern art is neat, however, all the rooms are full of such stuck up people giving sideways glances if you quietly discuss what you are looking at with a friend. Grab a glass of wine from the Bistro beforehand to make rude museum goers...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friends took me to the Menil collection when I visited. I thoroughly enjoyed the museum. The de Menils collected such a variety of art. It is very manageable to see in an afternoon. What a valuable gift to Houston!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A stunning collection of contemporary art in an equally incomparable setting. The museum and grounds are beautifully and thoughtfully laid out.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Learned about the Menil in “1000 Places to See Before You Die.” Strengths: -It’s FREE! -pretty neighborhood in downtown Houston with 5 different buildings. -The Fabiola Collection was interesting and unique. -There were several outdoor sculptures around the neighborhood. Weaknesses: -the main museum building was...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

what a delightful neighborhood and so much to see and do from the the Cy Towmbly to the Rotho Chapel -makes for a lovely morning of viewing and then you can collapse in the Bistro

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Reviewed 21 March 2018

Who can imagine finding the first African art collection in Houston? With a renewal of exhibitions, you will discover in that place some old secret and new art tendencies.

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

I have been to many art museums around the world. This is a fantastic museum with great exhibits. Parking in the neighborhood can be difficult but there is a parking lot diesctly across the street behind the gift shop.

Thank Jimmy V
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nettmel43
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Response from MissMem | Reviewed this property |
When we visited the entire museum was open. It is not huge. There are temporary exhibits and they may have a gallery closed for installation of a new exhibit. It is a wonderful museum.
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Yes, I'm a member. I visit about once a month. Do you have a specific question I might help with?
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Response from Ricky_The_One | Reviewed this property |
I'm not quite sure but their website says: "Accessibility: The main entrance on Sul Ross Street is accessible to all. Should you need further assistance, please call (713) 525-9400"
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