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The Menil Collection
Art Museum
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1533 Sul Ross St Houston, TX 77006
1533 Sul Ross StreetUSTexasHouston77006
Art Museum, Art GalleryToday Closed
Monday ClosedTuesday ClosedWednesday 11:00 am – 7:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 7:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 7:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 7:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
The Menil is an art museum the whole family can enjoy. The collection includes art from prehistoric times to present day masterpieces. Picasso, Warhol, and more. Admission is always free of charge.
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Over 16,000 pieces of art & artifacts from the Paleolithic era to the present in a historic space.- Google
"The art exhibit inside is lovely and world class."
"Reńe Magritte, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Andy Warhol."
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Isaac Cintron
a month ago
Having never been to an art museum before, I can safely say that this was an enjoyable experience. If you have never been to an art museum, I highly recommend you ask the front desk for proper viewing etiquette because it will be expected of you to know already. In a few exhibits, it was hard to appreciate the art due to the staff's overbearing presence. However, it is hard to deny that this is a great place for trying something different since it is free.
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Joshua Dow
3 months ago
I really enjoyed this place. Loved the artifacts. If you've ever cracked a textbook in art class I'm sure you'll recognize a piece or two. Some exhibits were over my head, but some of the rooms were just plain serene. I had heard they don't like photos - that's fine, it's a free private collection. Gives you more time to focus on th exhibit anyway. Wish I had cash on me to drop them a few bucks. The guards always hovering took a bit of getting used to, but when you think about the fact that here's hundreds of millions at stake and they let anyone in, it's understandable.
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Wannabe Wannabe
3 months ago
Menil security staff is disruptive of quiet, contemplative atmosphere. They harass you about leaving 20 minutes before closing -- and I don't mean just informing -- really harassing. Like you'll need to leave over and over. To the point where you want to ask "Is something wrong?" It's 20 minutes away and I'm not hard of hearing. Guess what, I heard you the 1st time, the 2nd time, the third time. Is there something wrong with your short-term memory? -- seriously. Also, if you come back later to take a snap when no one is around, with no flash mind you, they yell at you and act as if you've defaced the piece all protected by glass of course. And you're taking a snap because the security person was distracting you beforehand by staring at you as if they recognize you from yesterday's FBI lineup of art criminals. Menil has gone down in terms of being a classy place. Just another tourist stop, now, where yelling is required to communicate a cautionary message. Is this what happens when the principal benefactor passes away. The place goes to rot. Menil once had it all. They need to get their act together. Read the other reviews. People love the art. They're not there to deface it or disrespect it. Please be reasonable. (Deference to Mrs. Menil -- she was a true patron of arts we all dream of).
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Sandra Pham
7 months ago
There aren't too many world-class museums that are free. Houston is lucky enough to be home of some amazing museums and art. I enjoy the menil because it's a great space. You can take your time and enjoy the work at your own pace. There are different exhibits to enjoy so you can always come back and learn some thing new. Great little gem for art lovers!
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T Webb
a month ago
Whether you're a novice or a seasoned art lover this museum has something for everyone. I think my favorite was the Freedom fighters exhibit. It is huge and can be interpreted multiple ways. Admission is free, but a small donation is appreciated.
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Kellie Laws
3 months ago
The collection is incredible! The lighting is magical and the squeaky old floor ads nostalgia. Just be careful where you park... Reńe Magritte, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Andy Warhol.... And the ancient artifacts and sculptures are amazing. Highly recommend
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Steve Peca
4 months ago
Great art and all to be seen for free. Range of time periods as well, and they also have great info brochures. The staff will follow you, they are obsessively strick, not allowing any photos anywhere (even in a hallway as one mother learned taking a photo of her child and being yelled at). Also don't point or come within an arms reach of anything, you will be yelled at. Great place all overall though.
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Yung Hyun
10 months ago
Simple but powerful collections, rotating exhibits, and peaceful. The Menil Collection is a wonderfully small treasure, open free to the public, that's worth a visit. The Menil is an art gallery that typically hold works from surrealism and abstract to pop-art with many famous artists' work such as Picasso, Magritte, Matisse, Warhol, and many more. They also have a rotating exhibition area that varies throughout the year. The gallery is not big by any means and one can finish viewing the gallery in less than 15 minutes if you quickly move throughout the collections. But that's not why people come to view art galleries by length but by content and by all means Menil has a collection worth analyzing. Overall, The Menil Collection is worth a visit especially if you're looking for a less attended, quieter attraction in Houston. Didn't I mention before that it's free to the public?
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