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Chinati Foundation

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Address: U.S. 67 ( 1/2 mile south of Marfa), Marfa, TX
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+1 915-729-4362
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An art museum operated by the Chinati Foundation, housed in a former U.S....

An art museum operated by the Chinati Foundation, housed in a former U.S. Cavalry post, Fort D.A. Russell.

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Seriously odd but a must see

If you come to Marfa, you must visit Chianti. We took the selections tour which took 2 and a half hours. We had an excellent guide. The art is very (as in VERY) modern and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 January 2017
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Austin, Texas
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Chinati is a great place to explore large, site specific modern art by Judd and his contemporaries. The tours are always informative. It will make you appreciate the importance that land has in siting specific pieces. You will learn something & you will enjoy it. Added bonus: learning the history of it's previous purpose as a cavalry outpost and WW2... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The reason Marfa didn't dry up and blow away is Donald Judd and the museum he created here with site specific installations of artwork. This you gotta see.

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Thank alamodevil
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You need to walk through the foundation with a guide and in small groups. But it's very loosely structured and you have plenty of time and space to experience the art. It's a real visual treat and makes a strong argument for site specific work. Allow some time as the "short" tour is 2 hours, the fuller tour takes 4... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Perhaps if you're a Judd fan or a huge minimalist fan, sure. You'll like this. We paid $10/each for a self guided tour through the concrete fixtures in the field (free), two buildings with 100 aluminum boxes, and the Robert Irwin building. The lady at the desk was actually really friendly, drawing everything on the map for us. She said... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We travelled from Asheville, NC by car, expressly to see the Donald Judd sculptures and his amazing foundation located in Marfa, Texas. His vision - to take an old military installation and transform not only it, but the town of Marfa, into a destination for seekers and admirers of modern art, and ENORMOUS sculptures, was inspirational. The cold December day... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I attended a sunrise viewing of this installation. It was almost spiritual. I highly recommend spending time to experience this while the light shifts to daylight. The juxtaposition of this to the raw nature just on the other side of the vast windows completed the experience with birds and deer in clear view.

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Another review I saw said it's worth it if you're out here. And sure it is. But I wouldn't travel to see this. I like Modern Art, and have been to many museums. This place is a bit pricey for what it is, but there are bits you can see for free, but no need to stay overly long.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

If you've seen this once you've seen it enough times. The first time it's kinda cool but I don't think it warrants a second viewing. It's ok and you get to see some Marfa hipsters.

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1 Thank lc v
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

We love this experience. It is worth it to plan to spend the entire day to appreciate the landscape and exhibits. Make time prior to arrival or after the tour to walk outside around the concrete works. I've done it twice and highly recommend the full Chinati tour as well as touring The Block, which is part of the Judd... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

If you come to Marfa, you must visit Chianti. We took the selections tour which took 2 and a half hours. We had an excellent guide. The art is very (as in VERY) modern and reactions vary. It is also on a very large scale wit h plenty of walking. We both liked the 100 unnamed objects in mill aluminium,... More 

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