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The Menil Collection, Houston

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4.6/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web
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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  • This is a free museum with free parking across the street in a lot near the bistro. The museum has contemporary and surreal art by famous artists: Rene Magritte, Max Ernst, Picasso. There was an inter...  read more »
  • Houston has a lot of great museums. This is the best I've been to. I always recommend it for art-loving travelers. Regardless of what's exhibited at any given time, the neighborhood and the building i...  read more »
  • A group of friends and I made reservations for brunch on a July Saturday morning then viewed the Stephanie Smither's folk art exhibit which is amazing! The late Mrs. Smither's took pride in collecting...  read more »
  • I love this place. I've been going to the Menil for over 15 years, and I love it. Their permanent collection is so enormous, that only 10% of it is ever on display at one time. If you like surrealism, they have the largest private collection in the world. What else can I say except, "I love this place!"?
  • Stopped in to see 'The Secret of the Hanging Egg Salvador Dali at the Menil' and ended up staying to tour their entire collection. Lots of detail provided for each piece of art work which is wonderful! The visit was free so we made a donation and also signed up for their e-mail list. All around excellent collections of artwork. The staff were very forceful around: not getting close to the artwork (mentioning your breath causing longterm harm) and making sure your children are not unaccompanied and that they are holding the hand of an adult (depending on age). Will certainly visit again for another show.
  • I was taken there by Artist Omar McDonald himself,back in 2010. I will always greatful for the experience. lucky was i to have had an entire hour i the place with no one else around.
  • I can't believe this place is free. It's a worthwhile experience, with a unique collection of art, some of which you may enjoy more than others. I've come here numerous times over the past few years, and the collection regularly cycles out pieces. It's probably a 1-3 hour tour for the uninitiated. And if you don't like the security, maybe you should go open your own multi-million dollar art collection free to the public.
  • We had a very disappointing expeience. If some one even pay me..i am not going back to that place to embarace myself. I did not want to focus my review to let you guys know " how Nazi police" rude their staff is. For sure you can not enjoy any exhibition while their staff rudely keep telling you what you can not do. My review is infact dedeicated to gallery owner or trust or whoever make decision ..on how to operate their gallery. Please stop insulting your gallery visitor. By this time and after so many review ...i m pretty sure you are the one who passing instruction to your staff. If you really feel scared that the visitor will ruin your collection so either made it highly paid exclusive gallery as a private showing or simply close it. Also please be candid to your customer and if you did not want kids under 14 years old in your gallery so put it on website. At least parents did not have to drive all the way to get insulted. It is very hard to put all of my experience in one more to come...
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