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. Plan a Houston trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • The Menil Collection is a true gift to the City of Houston. It is always complimentary admission. The collection is very diverse, exciting, interesting, and well worth the visit. Check days and times ...  more »
  • this museum was in a residential area of all places, the facility was very nice even the art was not what i really enjoy i could appreciate how extensive the collection was and the fact that it was ma...  more »
  • Not sure how to spend an afternoon? Take the time to casualy wander through the halls of the Menil. It has an amazing collection, and unlike other museums in the area there is no charge to be able to ...  more »
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  • Love this place! Not only is the art museum itself great displaying many types of artworks in a minimalist way, but also because of the large open areas surrounding the facility. There is a large grassy area adjacent to the Menil that's perfect for a picnic, relaxing and reading a book, or just taking a nap. You have the option of being under the shade as there many large trees throughout, but you can also lay out in the sun if you choose to.
  • I absolutely loved this collection. I came here with a group for a college project but what an interesting gallery. The art district is wonderful and I love the scope of designs here. There really are some abstract ideas. It’s also a very chill place to relax, have some coffee, and study up on your art history. We all really enjoyed coming here and seeing what some of our most creative minds have come up with. Also, did I mention it is free... yes free.
  • Great free museum with several different styles of art. Not all of it was my style but when it's free who cares. The buildings themselves are awesome although three of them were closed when I visited. Enjoy some awesome art.
  • Interesting exhibits. I went with my nephew's. The workers the are really intense! The secret service was more relaxed than these guys. Do even not look like you want to touch anything. They go still to crack down in seconds.
  • I love The Menil Collection. It's probably my favorite gallery in Houston, even better than MFAH. It's always free and open to the public, although donations are appreciated. They have a nice collection that is substantial but not overwhelmingly huge. The focus is primarily on contemporary, modern, and surrealist art. You'll find works by Ernst, Miro, Picasso, Pollock, Rothko, etc. Best of all is an entire room of Magritte paintings, and a surrealist room full of wondrous and sometimes creepy artifacts. Also, when you go to The Menil, you might as well visit Rothko Chapel just down the street.
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