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The Menil Collection free

1515 Sul Ross Street | Houston, TX 77006 | Official website
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  • Type: Museums
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.6)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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The Menil Collection is the compilation of art collected by Jean and Dominique de Menil. Besides the tribal, antiquity, Byzantine, medieval and 20th-century art housed in the main building, there are four other satellite exhibits. One of these is the Rothko Chapel, which features 14 of Mark Rothko's works.

Visitors should also take note that the Menil Collection seeks to inspire a contemplative environment. Founder Dominique de Menil was quoted in saying "Perhaps only silence and love do justice to a great work of art." Needless to say, quiet is much appreciated and no guided tours are given. The gallery also asks that visitors refrain from taking photos.

An IgoUgo.com user says: "There is no collection quite like this one, and the fact that it's free of charge makes it even better. For architecture buffs, the collection’s Renzo Piano building is worth the trip alone."

The Menil Collection and its four satellites are located southwest of the city center. Keep in mind that it's closed on Mondays and Tuesdays; Wednesday through Sunday it's open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information visit the official website.

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