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The Menil Collection, Houston

(4.6/5 based on 650+ 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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TripAdvisor
  • A wonderful private collection. The special highlight is the Rothko chapel with the Martin Luther King memorial sculpture outside.  more »
  • I took a friend to the Menil, which is coming up on its 30th birthday, who had never been before. I find the setting of the Menil and its surroundings so peaceful and beautiful. We saw the three curre...  more »
  • The best way to summarize this: my wife, my mom, and I went for the day. We simply wandered and quietly soaked it all in. When the day was finished, we had dinner and enjoyed two+ hours of amazing con...  more »
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  • Such a lovely place to visit on any day, by yourself or with others. I always bring out of town guests here, but I find myself coming to walk around on days off as well. It's comfortable and casual with world class art.
  • For being free, the Menil is decent. Yes, you should go once if you live in Houston. If you are short on time, the Museum of Fine Arts is a lot better. Don't torture kids with boredom by bringing them here, you need a mature appreciation of the arts to enjoy any of the art on display at the Menil. Some of the older pieces are great, but unless you have a taste for modern art you won't like the rest. You cannot take pictures at all and the staff are cold and unfriendly.
  • Fantastic collection. I love the grounds and that if you want to, you can see everything in an hour. Take more time with the things that speak to you!
  • This is a tremendously versatile collection of mesmerizing art. I've been a half dozen times and it never fails to refresh me. I'm always enlightened. And I thank the gracious and dedicated staff.
  • Great neighborhood. Free. Interesting rotating collections of surrealist and modern art. Currently showing Picasso drawings.