The Menil Collection

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The Menil Collection is a true treasure of the Houston art scene! In 1987, two art aficionados, Dominique and John de Menil, founded this world-renowned museum with a mission to unleash the transformative power of art. The museum houses a diverse collection of ancient to modern artworks by some of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

Marvel at The Menil Collection's permanent collection, which boasts over 17,000 works of art, from paintings and sculptures to drawings, photographs, and rare books. Known for its emphasis on modern and contemporary art, the museum also holds extensive collections of African, Pacific Island, and Native American art.

Immerse yourself in The Menil Collection's unique approach to displaying art in a contemplative and intimate setting, free from the imposing grandeur of traditional museums. Wander through the museum's understated galleries, illuminated by natural light filtering in from skylights and windows, with artworks displayed at eye level. Here, art is not just seen but experienced.

How to explore The Menil Collection?

  • Discover an extensive and diverse art collection featuring influential 20th-century artists.
  • Wander through simple and understated galleries to learn about art and its historical and cultural contexts.
  • Explore rotating exhibitions and special events focusing on social justice, spirituality, and the human experience.
  • Enjoy the beautifully landscaped campus with a serene park, a reflecting pool, and outdoor sculptures.
  • Check out the rare book collection of over 30,000 volumes, one of the most comprehensive in the US.
  • Attend free public programs like lectures, performances, and workshops.
  • Utilize resources for scholars and researchers, including a study center and extensive archive of documents and photographs.
  • Dine at the museum cafe with healthy and delicious options, or bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds.
  • imageDuration Required
    4 hours

Address of The Menil Collection

1533 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006-4729

Opening & Closing time of The Menil Collection

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