The Menil Collection
- Type: Museums
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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The Menil Collection is the compilation of art gathered 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. Recent patrons heap praise upon the Menil Collection, lauding its permanent and rotating pieces of art. Travelers say the wide variety of modern and surrealist art is enough to keep anyone interested.
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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