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The Menil Collection
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Today 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
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1533 Sul Ross St Houston, TX 77006
1533 Sul Ross StreetUSTexasHouston77006
Art Museum, Art GalleryToday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
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
"It has a top-notch collection of Surrealism art."
"The art exhibit inside is lovely and world class."
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Sandra Pham
2 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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Katherine Kim
3 months ago
A wonderful museum that is absolutely free. The Menil Collection is small, so you probably only need a couple of hours to view the artwork rather than a full day. However, one of the things that makes the museum so great is the location. From the main building, you can walk to the Cy Twombly Gallery, the Dan Flavin Installation, and the Rothko Chapel. The walk is made even more pleasant by the trees around the museum, which are old enough to have branches growing into the ground. This is a good place to come for peaceful reflection.
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Stan Spira
2 months ago
This is an outstanding art venue. Some of the best surrealism you will find by artists like Max Ernst, Kay Sage, Yves Tanguy, Giorgio de Chirico, and René Magritte. Admission is always free, truly a cultural asset to the City of Houston.
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Ashley Brooks
12 months ago
This building is spectacular. The art exhibit inside is lovely and world class. I usually blow through it (that's my art museum manner), so that I can go outside and enjoy this gorgeous building and the park. The large green lawns are always perfect and there are benches located around the building where you can people watch. Speaking of people watching, if you want some good stuff, go on a Sunday and just lurk around the park across the street. The park is full up with all manner of folk. Ignore the funny smells. It's all good, man.
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Yung Hyun
5 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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Bob Franco
2 months ago
I visit the Menil often. It has a top-notch collection of Surrealism art. The collection of art from Ernst and Magritte is world class, but there is much more in the warehouse than you'll see on display, except for special exhibitions. There is modern art from the Minimalists and other near-contemporary movements. The works by Leger are wonderful, but only a 2-3 are on display. Rauchenberg, Stella, etc are also on display. Every piece of art is a gem. Somewhere, hidden away, is a treasure trove of art that rotates in and out of display. This keeps the museum fresh. The shows that the Menil hosts vary in quality. The Magritte in 2014 was astounding. Sometimes, I don't "get" the very modern displays but I visit anyway. The Dan Flavin light display is off campus and very interesting to visit but is not the highlight of the museum. Neither is the Cy Twombly building. I'm not into scribbles much. I'm looking forward to the opening of the Drawing Institute. Overall, this museum is a gem in and outside of Houston. It would be a gem in Paris, London, NY, or Washington, i.e., anywhere. So, I'm proud that it's in Houston, so much so that I joined as a member, even though entry is free. Come join us!
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David Carr
4 months ago
One of my favorite places to visit in Houston, but most of the time I don't even go inside. At the entrance off of Sul Ross St., right before you get to the doors, there is a "sound sculpture" that is built into the walls that functions off the vibrations from sound waves. Go at night when nobody is around and it can be a very serene place to relax at.
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Angel Fultz
9 months ago
**Note, this review is about the Dan Flavin Installation at Richmond Hall. This is something you'll drive by every day and never realize it's there. The building is inconspicuous with tinted windows and a teeny tiny sign. However, once you discover it and make it inside, it's seemingly, the largest, most enrapturing thing you've ever experienced. My initial thoughts when hearing about the Flavin Installation was how great can a bunch of fluorescent tubes really be? I was wrong. When I entered Richmond Hall, I was mesmerized by the enormous room that seemed to wrap around me with brightly colored lights that almost guided my every step through the great hall. Tube after tube of color placed just perfectly in a huge white room. It doesn't take very long to walk through the dancing lights from the entrance to the back, and there's more. In a back room, are four small installations of white fluorescent tubes. These didn't capture my attention as well, but worth a look nonetheless. The best's free!
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