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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
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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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Great Picasso Drawing Collection

Took family to see Picasso Collection over Thanksgiving holidays. It was terrific. Largest collection of Picasso Drawings in the same place. The staff were friendly, helpful... read more

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Houston, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Took family to see Picasso Collection over Thanksgiving holidays. It was terrific. Largest collection of Picasso Drawings in the same place. The staff were friendly, helpful and polite. Best of all, the attraction is free ( donations requested) which makes the visit all the better!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Menil, and the Rothko Chapel next door, are unique and you won't see anything like it elsewhere. Equally interesting is the story behind the institution, which defines this particular neighborhood. The Menil Bistro is also good.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a wonderful must see in Houston - a great collection of contemporary art and sculpture and special exhibitions; the beautiful Rothko Chapel; the Tim Flavin lighting installation a few streets away in a former supermarket building and beautiful grounds. And it is all free!

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Harlingen, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Art and Architecture lovers must see attraction. Amazing buildings and art collections. Incredible grounds and just simply relaxing atmosphere. No admission cost. Love it!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting collection. Eclectic, diverse. The layout of the space is great, easy to see in a hour. Should have a picnic out on the grass. Beautiful....

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Scarsdale, N.Y.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A museum made up of a few individual building. Some very interesting modern art. This is a complex dedicated to an unusual collection. One must walk a short distance from one building to another.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don’t want to steer you wrong. If you’re visiting Houston and only have time for two museums, go to MFA and Natural Science. But, if you can squeeze one more in, make it the Menil Collection. Right now, in addition to its permanent works of art, it has two extraordinary temporary exhibits: one with more Picassos in one spot... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Menil Museum is wasted on Texas. This incredibly fine collection of surrealist, postwar and ethnographic art displays the keen and hard-edged eye of Dominique deMenil and would be mobbed if it were anywhere else. The collecting aesthetic would almost be a cliche if the Menils were not such strong collectors--a museum of modern art and the ethnographic art that... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Building is world class and the collection is outstanding. It is a must do for taking visitors to Houston, but also fun to just go see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Being a supporting member of the Menil Museum (full disclosure here) I have to say this is great places for modern art. It might not be to every bodies taste but you should visit. And it is still free entry

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