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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
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+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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Best Museum Ever! Plus it's free!

I guarantee you'll have a good time visiting the Menil. Plan to spend at least an hour or up to 2 or 3, and then get lunch at the cafe across the street. It's free, so feel free... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I guarantee you'll have a good time visiting the Menil. Plan to spend at least an hour or up to 2 or 3, and then get lunch at the cafe across the street. It's free, so feel free to just pop in and go down the road to the Rothko Chapel, or stick around and slowly walk around everything. It's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I am by no way an art enthusiast, so this gallery was perfect, offered a variety off exhibtions of differing genres.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We love the Menil. It is part of a wonderful inner-city neighborhood. The permanent and special exhibits are always interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is the largest owned individual collection of art in the U.S. So much diversity, not to be missed and nestled in a quaint neighbor hood

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I love this place. The size makes it easy to see everything, and pause and enjoy the art and read the descriptions. I love the breadth of the regular collections, and coming back by to see the new exhibits. The fact that it's free makes it a true gem in Houston's museum scene.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good collection of art at this lovely small museum. It's very easy to do in an hour and isn't overwhelming like many museums can be. There's a good collection of modern art, and it's FREE! Definitely worth seeing though I didn't see anything that blew my socks off. I recommend it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Delightful journey in beauty and tastefully displayed enjoyable and inspirational go on a pretty day and walk there it's just a great must do experience

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Bellaire, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Menil Collection is a very "manageable" museum that can be enjoyed over a couple of hours. While the collection is much larger than what you see on exhibit, on any particular day, you see small examples of multiple art forms and styles. On our most recent trip, there was an outstanding collection of surrealists, Magritte and Max Ernst particularly... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I visited here for maybe the second time. The building is beautiful and elegant. It lets in a glow of natural light. So go on a nice sunny day to really enjoy it. The collection is average - but that's considering that it is free. The size is very manageable as well. If you have young kids... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Exceeded expectations. I was anticipating a short visit to view a few pieces of modern art. What a nice surprise to find a mix of periods and styles from antiquities to surrealists, the collection has something for nearly everyone. Definitely a worthwhile experience.

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