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The Menil Collection

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Neighbourhood: Neartown/ Montrose
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Address: 1515 sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006-4729
Phone Number:
+1 713-525-9400
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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Excellent, unusual and varied collection

Spent one and a half hours here which was ample. I also crossed the road and visited the Rothko Chapel. Of particular interest were the oldest exhibits - 15,000 years BC. I also... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent one and a half hours here which was ample. I also crossed the road and visited the Rothko Chapel. Of particular interest were the oldest exhibits - 15,000 years BC. I also enjoyed the Picassos and the African art. Everything is on one storey. Free but donations are suggested. There are other things to see within easy walking distance.

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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved everything here: Surrealism, trompe l'eoil, sculpture, Native American art. A lovely museum on a beautiful campus and so lucky to have seen the Picasso line drawings. What a civic treasure! Go and fill up your soul with good stuff.

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Coppell, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed the layout and friendly staff. The collections were well organized and thought provoking. We especially loved the Surrealism collection. The Menil is wonderful and Andy Warhol is usually wonderful but the movie was AWFUL. 33 minutes of monotonous poetry watching a sunset was torture. There is a reason it was not released earlier. My BF is lucky it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was certainly worth a visit. A wide-ranging collection of very unusual pieces of art from all over the world - ancient Egyptian, Greek, aboriginal, oriental, modern, pop, etc. It took us only 40 minutes to see all so it wasn't tiring at all.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Menil is the top of its class in every way. The building is beautiful and the collection could not be displayed better. I especially like the Surrealist, The Modern and Contemporary and the Witnesses sections. There was a Picasso visiting exhibit there when we visited which was a lucky surprise. Don't miss The Menil - it is the top.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of my favorite art collections in the world housed in a wonderful Renzo Piano building. Do not miss the magical Cy Twombly wing and the Rothko chapel respectively across the street and close by.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have lived in Houston for 12 years, but never visited Menil. As I am off for a couple of weeks and have a 13 month old daughter, we were looking for some low impact things to do. Yesterday we visited The Menil Collection - it was a beautiful day and perfect for walking around outside. Awesome grounds. Very helpful... More 

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New London, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The standard fare if the Menil is a must, and I very much enjoyed the monographic exhibit, which serves to educate by focusing in on a single artist's progressions/tacit decisions about art-making/ general professional trajectory. I also enjoyed considerably the room devoted to "objets trouves" in artists' quarters...BUT that fascinating room was sorely lacking in labels. The signage throughout, in... More 

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Ely, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Menil Collection makes up for lack of size with the quality of the collection. The emphasis is on modernism, and the gallery sports a surprisingly comprehensive collection of Magrittes along with works by Picasso, Ernst, Leger, Robert Rauschenberg, and others. Special exhibits as well. For an added treat, walk across the tree-lined street to the Rothko Chapel, for a... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful museum complex with amazing art. The main building by Piano is a gem. The Rothko chapel is impressive. The fact that there is no admission fee is all the more impressive. The Bistro had excellent food and was good value for money.

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