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The Menil Collection, Houston

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The Menil Collection includes 17,000 pieces from the ancient times to the modern era. Browse through the numerous paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, and books of one of the largest private art collections in the United States. You'll see works of Picasso and Matisse, view world-renowned Pop, Surreal, and other contemporary art, and come across artifacts like a pure gold casket from 6th-century Macedonia and a 16th-century Russian icon. After exploring the treasures inside, take a walk through the campus gardens, where you'll encounter additional galleries and two chapels. No photographs are allowed inside the museum. Put The Menil Collection and other Houston attractions into our Houston itinerary maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • I appreciate art a lot, I'm not an expert though. There are art pieces in the building that for me weren't easy to understand, let's say "too modern/abstract". But, again, this is an ignorant opinion!...  more »
  • This collection, building and grounds create a fertile oasis for art appreciation. Years ago I visited with primary school daughters and a little cousin. To watch three little girls holding hands walk...  more »
  • The Menil Collection is by far one the best collections of Futurist, Dadaist and Surrealist art. It also houses examples of the Oceanic and African art that influenced the modern artists. As well as e...  more »
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  • Although the security watches you like a hawk, it's a nice place to spend the day around, even if the art is lacking. Entry is free. I'd recommend walking over to Rothko Chapel or the Photography Center across the street. Their Bookstore is more interesting than the museum itself, in my opinion.
  • Beautiful grounds with an interesting building but I find the artwork lacking in-depth or interest and quite sparsely placed. I found it more interesting to talk to the I.T. personnel and look at how the building's architecture was fitted together than the artwork itself. The Fine Arts Museum is close by with a much better selection and some exhibits revolving so things change but personally I prefer the Contemporary Arts Museum across the street from that. their collection continuously changes and is far more interesting. Some find it too confusing and odd but I think it's better that I have to stretch my mind to fit someone else's point of view
  • The security watched my girlfriend like hawks the entire time and it made the experience really uncomfortable. Never gotten that feeling at any art museum I’ve ever been to. The labels were badly placed and tiny, and the only decent art in the entire place was the ancient stuff to the left when you first enter. The signs telling you no photos allowed were not very obvious and I got yelled at when I tried to take a pic of a suit of armor with spikes on it (is it really that big of a deal?) Contemporary art is pretentious garbage; don’t waste your time here.
  • The Menil is such a wonderful place. They have rotating exhibits which are always interesting to go visit. The lawn is also really great to just go bring a blanket and hang out. They also host special events like music nights and book fairs. You should really check this place out.
  • This is a great day trip. It's a small museum, that you can easily see in one day. They have temporary exhibits that will change every few months or so. It is FREE, and awesome place to just go and chill! Get a little inspiration!

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