The Menil Collection

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1533 Sul Ross St.

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Free

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The Menil Collection is the 30-acre compilation of art gathered by Jean and Dominique de Menil. The permanent collection features 10,000 works of art collected by the couple from the 1940s until the late 90s. Exhibits range from works of African and Byzantine art to a collection of pieces of Native American art from the Pacific Northwest. 

The collection also houses an impressive collection of modern art that the museum calls "spiritual aspirations in the abstract ambitions of modern art." Spanning decades of photography, impressionism, surrealism and sculpture this part of the collection is a favorite among repeat visitors. Because of its emphasis on how art affects spirituality, The Menil seeks to provide a quiet and contemplative environment for people to view the collection. As such, photography isn't permitted within the galleries, but is welcomed in the foyer and corridors (with no flash). 

The Menil Collection and its campus are located southwest of the city center, and free parking is available on-site. You can view the collection for free Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information visit the official website.

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