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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  • A fabulous museum with just the right amount of interesting and varied paintings and objects on display. "Less is Definitely Best."  more »
  • I don't know why it took me so long to visit this museum. But I finally made it one Saturday. A varied collection of art from Greek and Egyptian, regional crafts from Mexico and elsewhere, and a varie...  more »
  • Loved this place from the moment I walked in. Great collection. Wonderful pieces of art. Definitely worth to visit again.  more »
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  • First things first: this is my personal favorite spot in ALL of Houston. In a city not particularly known for its art or culture, The Menil Collection stands alone in its quality and sophistication. There's such a broad range of art at The Menil Collection that I can absolutely guarantee you won't be disappointed, no matter what style you may be in the mood for. The Menil Collection has something to fit all tastes! Take a friend or family member and enjoy the art. You won't be regret it!
  • The art gallery takes up a whole city block. It's easy to find an easy to see from the Main Street. The building looks really cool. The grounds are large and have interesting artwork around outside. Large trees. The roads are a little bumpy around building. It was my first time here and I enjoyed it. I recommend it to anyone.
  • We're not allowed to take pictures and there's serious looking security guards on every corner. I can understand why. Looks small from the outside but has completely other worldly art inside. From 4th century Greek and African sculptures to Andy Warhol and Rene Magritte paintings. I had to take notes and drawings instead of pictures. It was awesome.
  • World class art destination that's always fresh and always free! Parking has recently been expanded and upgraded. Please note that there are a number of venues in various buildings clustered around the main collection. Each building contains a vastly different yet refreshing experience for those who love art. Though pleasant, the staff are there to protect the art and art experience... not to interpret or explain the art. This is done on purpose so that visitors will form their own conclusions. We go back often!
  • A really great museum to check out that is outside of the standard set in the museum district. Parking is free but the lot is not enormous. Admission is free but go ahead and do the recommended donation. When you are done with the main building, go check out the Rothko Chapel just to the east. I hear there is Tai Chi by the chapel on Thursdays
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