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The Menil Collection

Art Museum
Neartown - Montrose, Houston
  • The experts at The Wall Street Journal and Houston Press recommend this place
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    • Houston Press
  • Dora
    "collection houses works by Picasso"(6 Tips)
    TopSpot Internet Marketing
    "Come here for the free admission and great modern art exhibits."(4 Tips)
    The Daytripper
    "You can see Picasso, Warhol, McGrit, and many more."(4 Tips)
    Ifeanyi O.
    "The obelisk for Martin Luther King Jr. just outside Rothko Chapel."(4 Tips)
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  • Miriam G.
    Miriam Goldman2 weeks ago
    A beautiful museum and collection. Sometimes they think they're a bit edgier than they actually are, though.
  • Jackie M.
    I love the Menil. I drive up from Austin all the time, and it's totally worth it.
  • Clint L.
    Get some free culture with a side of air conditioning - it really is a great and diverse collection
  • Ann O.
    Nice museum, good collection!
    Upvoted Jun 12
  • Eddy B.
    One of the best collections of modern art. Period.
  • Vincent T.
    Excellent layout and great material. Thumbs up!
  • Cary Michael C.
    Look up the history of the the Menil family - fascinating. Cary Michael Cox
  • Dmitri Zisl S.
    a remarkable place, amazing collection. Mark Rothko, Yves Klein, Alberto Giacometti, Max Ernst, Picasso and Warhol... and such a light building. Definitely need to come back again.
  • Vlad D.
    Vlad DavidiukJune 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Best museum in Houston.
  • James F.
    James ForsbergApril 15, 2016
    People come for the special programs and the Surrealists.
  • Arce D.
    Arce DuarteJanuary 25, 2016
    The exhibits are fantastic! The staff is always so helpful and kind! Free admission and it's always a pleasant experience to visit.
  • katie z.
    katie zhuJanuary 23, 2016
    small gallery, but really nice space and some good pieces in here. pretty impressive for a free museum and good activity to help break up your day.
  • Ana P.
    Ana PratoJanuary 17, 2016
    Donate if you can! 10$ is worth the visit and you are contributing to keep the place open
  • Peter P.
    Peter PrattDecember 11, 2015
    I am so glad to be at Mark Rithko's exhibit of squayers an shoes. Time to hit it and take e picture of everything I see to share with Facebook tonight.
  • Karen R.
    Karen RobinsonOctober 14, 2015
    I am new to the area and want some culture and I must say I am happy I decided on this place ! It's free and it's enlighten ! Loved it 😊
  • heather h.
    heather hoskinsSeptember 29, 2015
    Hours of operation at odd times
  • Glenn B.
    Glenn BurnsSeptember 26, 2015
    Beautiful art. Open and spacious! Free!
  • Jo D.
    Jo DobrowskiAugust 23, 2015
    To be honest I wasn't expecting much, but man was I surprised! Some of their antiquity artifacts were over 3000 years old. They also have Warhol and Picasso! Their zero photography policy was torture.
  • LilyRose G.
    LilyRose GuzmanAugust 12, 2015
    Loved the art, pet friendly as well
  • T R
    T RJune 24, 2015
    Probably the best thing about Houston
  • Theo A.
    Theo AlejandreMay 27, 2015
    Picasso & Vab Gogh
  • Theo A.
    Theo AlejandreMay 27, 2015
    They have a great art work. Picasso, MIró, Van Gogh
  • Gagan S.
    Gagan SinghApril 25, 2015
    Free admission but the collection is so good that I would pay if required.
  • Gizem T.
    Gizem TopsakalJanuary 29, 2015
    Definitely a must see in Houston. Can't believe you get to see this variety of collections free of charge.
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DouglassDecember 31, 2014
    Admission is free, but you can still donate a bit at the front and back desk if you're feeling generous.
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BlackDecember 28, 2014
    Photography not allowed!
  • Marni
    MarniOctober 20, 2014
    What a wonderful collection. And it is always free.
  • Meg
    MegAugust 11, 2014
    A wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    The Renzo Piano-designed museum, its satellite buildings, and the Rothko Chapel, are so integral to Houston's identity that it's hard to believe that the institution is only 25 years old. Read more
  • Michellemoore
    MichellemooreJuly 27, 2014
    Love to variety of art!
  • The Daytripper
    The DaytripperApril 17, 2014
    If art is more your speed, then you shouldn’t miss The Menil Collection, a free museum that is surely one of the best art museums in America. You can see Picasso, Warhol, McGrit, and many more.
  • Virginia F.
    Virginia FergusonMarch 2, 2014
    Totally righteous museum.
  • TopSpot Internet Marketing
    SEO Specialist Lauren claims it's more artsy than geeky, but being a geek about art is okay by us. Come here for the free admission and great modern art exhibits.
  • Christina
    ChristinaSeptember 5, 2013
    Russian icons, Greece collection, famous painting of little electric chair by Andy W. in one stylish place.
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressJuly 25, 2013
    Love this museum? Vote for the 2013 Best of Readers Choice for your favorite Houston Museum!
  • Jamie L.
    Jamie LonieMay 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Become a Menillionaire!
  • Sherry Y.
    Sherry YuApril 7, 2013
    This place is so laid back. It's nice to see the exhibits. Also, the outside is good for picnics & chillin' if you want to ready or study.
  • Josh C.
    Josh CooperMarch 15, 2013
    You CAN sit inside the VW van in the Love exhibit
  • Adam R.
    Adam RenzFebruary 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Absolute gem of a gallery. Expertly maintained and fantastic staff with an ever changing line up of exhibits. Also it's free! Please don't miss while visiting Montrose.
  • Pam W.
    Pam WFebruary 8, 2013
    I feel like I'm being stalked by security guards. This place has more security then the MET in NYC
  • Silvia
    SilviaSeptember 24, 2012
    The best place in Houston ..
  • Talya A.
    Talya ArbisserSeptember 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The 17,000 year old reindeer artifact is incredible and don't miss out on the surrealist influence room, schedule enough time as the collection is massive!
  • 🎀 Miss J.
    Don't touch the art! Don't stand too close to the art! Definitely don't take a picture of the art!
  • David S.
    David StrongJune 1, 2012
    Free parking off of Alabama!
  • CultureMap Houston M.
    Keep your eyes open. When celebs come to Houston, they nearly always stop by the Menil. We've spotted Gwyneth Paltrow, Francis Ford Coppola and Andre Leon Talley.
  • Daphne C.
    Daphne CebekFebruary 12, 2012
    See the byzantine frescoes before they ship them back to Cyprus!!
  • Sabrina S.
    Sabrina S.January 30, 2012
    Boo! It's only open Wednesday thru Sunday. No Menil for me today
  • Linus
    LinusNovember 29, 2011
    Closed Mondays and Tursdays!
  • Chad S.
    Chad SmalleyNovember 10, 2011
    Check out the Surrealism exhibit... they have lots of Magritte, my favorite.
  • Susie H.
    Susie HernandezOctober 22, 2011
    See the Byzantine Icons!!
  • Releine
    ReleineOctober 21, 2011
    Free admission. Many exhibits. No photography allowed indoors
  • Ifeanyi O.
    Ifeanyi OkoroJuly 29, 2011
    The obelisk for Martin Luther King Jr. just outside Rothko Chapel. Also the exhibit for African American Civil Rights on photo display. Check out before it checks out.
  • Erin H.
    Erin HoppleJune 28, 2011
    Always free with interesting rotating exhibits.
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchApril 22, 2011
    One of the most incredible collections of modern art and antiquities in the country. Start in the stunning Cy Twombly Gallery and follow through to the Byzantine artifacts and paintings.
    Upvoted Jun 28
  • Jordan C.
    Jordan CantuApril 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Donate money to the Menil, even if it's just a dollar.
  • Bijoy G.
    Bijoy GoswamiDecember 30, 2010
    Don't miss the Schwitter Merzbau that you can walk into! Till Jan 30
  • Brittany V.
    Brittany VasicekDecember 26, 2010
    The collection always rotates, and if your interested in art then you should check out it's bookstore, just across the road. This cute shop, when dug around in, has some interesting stuff.
  • Leah J.
    Leah JohnsonDecember 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Come during the daylight, museum lit by natural sunlight through transparent roof makes the artwork lovely (and they have lights for at night too)
  • Dora
    DoraJuly 23, 2010
    Always free (!), the collection houses works by Picasso, Warhol, Magritte, and Dali, as well as ancient artifacts from cultures all over the world. Powered by
  • Christine S.
    Rothko Chapel is just down the street!
  • Kandas N.
    View the Menil Collection. Look for the gray lightbulb on a cement block. Read more
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RebmanFebruary 25, 2010
    The Menil and the park across the street are ideal places to have a picnic on a beautiful day.
  • Charman A.
    Charman AnchetaNovember 7, 2009
    Just a short walk away are the Rothko Chapel and the Flavin Installation, both worthwhile stops, especially the Chapel.
  • Marc S.
    Marc S2 days ago
    Note the hours: Wed–Sun 1100–1900
  • malacabra c.
    malacabra corralOctober 4, 2015
    Wharhol, Leguer, Matisse y Picaso in Huoston!
  • Stefano S.
    Stefano SerraniJuly 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Leggero, elegante, perfettamente contestualizzato. Uno scrigno.
    POORdesigner.comApril 26, 2013
    Caminar por el parque y ver esta pequeña pero gran colección surrealista. Los cuadros de Renè Magritte, imperdibles!
    POORdesigner.comApril 26, 2013
    Este edificio diseñado por al arquitecto Renzo Piano se inspiró en los Kibbutz Israelíes que permiten el paso de la luz y mantienen una temperatura interior baja protegiendo las obras de arte =D
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