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Houston City Sightseeing Tour with Round-Trip Transport to Kemah Boardwalk
"Make your way to the meeting point in downtown Houston where your day starts with a 90-minute sightseeing tour of Houston’s highlights aboard an open-top double-decker bus. Ride past City Hall Market Square the Houston Heritage Society the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Houston Zoo and more as you enjoy unobstructed views of the city and live commentary by your on-board guide. After your Houston city tour transfer to a deluxe coach that takes you to Kemah Boardwalk located on Galveston Bay less than an hour’s drive from downtown Houston. Considered one of the premier boardwalks in the United States
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Tanger Outlets Shopping and Houston City Sightseeing Tour
"Make your own way to a convenient downtown location in the morning to board your double-decker bus for a Houston sightseeing tour with informative commentary on the city’s top attractions. Travel by open-top bus on a 90-minute tour that takes you City Hall and Minute Maid Park — home of the Houston Astros baseball team. Pass Houston’s Museum District and Hermann Park where the Houston Zoo the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Houston Museum of Natural Science are located. After touring central Houston transfer to a comfortable minivan for the 30-minute drive to Tanger Outlets in Texas City. The large outdoor mall features close to 200 outlet stores — with steep discounts on premium brand-name and designer clothing accessories shoes
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Houston Sightseeing Tour and Galveston Day Trip
"In the morning make your own way downtown to meet your double-decker bus for a fully-narrated sightseeing tour of Houston’s most iconic sites. Your 90-minute tour by open-top bus passes by City Hall Chase Tower Minute Maid Park—home of the Houston Astros baseball team Houston’s Museum District Hermann Park and more.After touring central Houston with your knowledgeable guide transfer to a comfortable coach that takes you on a 50-minute drive to reach Galveston
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The Menil Collection refers to the collection itself and the museum (which is actually four buildings). The Menil Collection’s founders, John and Dominique de Menil acquired this vast collection between 1940 and the 1990s. It has a large number of Surrealist and modern European art; but includes pieces from many periods, many types of media, and from all over the world. The main building is a piece of art itself and was designed by famous Italian architect Renzo Piano. Hours are 11 AM to 7 PM Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is FREE.

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Basaic
Apr 30, 2016

The Menil Collection

I have lived in Houston for a total of seven years and never knew about this gallery until I read "1000 Places To See Before You Die." Now, I'm not a person that art speaks to. I appreciate the talent but some of it I just don't think I "get." However, the ambiance at this gallery is truly peaceful. I love how there are pieces by Picasso, Matisse, and Giacometti. For the art-impaired it really makes the trip worthwhile.

Don't forget to go across the street to the gift shop and pick up a few post cards of the more well-known pieces. Makes a great addition to any photo album or scrapbook.

Beware the map on their website is not entirely accurate. We took a wrong turn and were in a really bad neighborhood. I would map it (mapquest/yahoo) before you go just to make sure. Update: I attempted to find it again and still got lost. So allow some time to figure it out!

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From "1000 Places To See Before You Die":
The Menil Collection can be found in a leafy residential neighborhood southwest of downtown Houston. Widely esteemed as one of the greatest and most eclectic private museums in the United States, it is a magnificent assemblage of some 15,000 objects (a revolving number are on display) amassed by the late Paris-born Dominique de Menil and her husband John. Sometimes described as American Medicis, the de Menils (whose fortunes derived from the oil-services firm Schlumberger, Ltd., founded by Dominique's father and uncle) were legendary as Houston's patron of the arts.
Opened in 1987, viewing art here is a very intimate experience, just what Dominique de Menil intended. It is often compared to the other small gems of America's museum scene. At its heart is the justly famous Surrealism collection, with works by Man Ray, Duchamp, and Ernst, and one of the world's best collections of Magritte. The Menil is also rich in 20th-century European artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti, and Rodin. Across the street, an annex comprises nine galleries of the work of the American artist Cy Twombly.

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msbrandysue
Sep 06, 2008

Menil Collection

Opened in 1987, the Menil Collection is a wonderful museum with works that were of the personal collection of the de Menil family who immigrated to the United States from France after the Nazi occupation during World War II. The complex itself is very beautiful, of a very modern architectual design, with Magnolia trees all around the grounds. Paintings and sculptures here are of a wide variety and age. There are a few Byzantine frescoes and Renaissance era works, as well as paintings by Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol. There are also many native tribe works from Africa and the Americas. The Rothko Chapel, located just down the street from the main building, contains a number of pieces by noted American artist Mark Rothko, and also serves as a non-denominational religious center. The best thing about it though is that is completely free of charge! A great opportunity to see a varied collection of magnificient pieces of art, and at a great price!

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H-TownJourneyman
Mar 12, 2006

Rothko Chapel

I remember going to the Rothko Chapel as a teenager. My then girlfriend told me a story of an old man that was run over by a car and killed not too far from the museum. She told me this story before we got there. She swore the last time she was there she saw the old man's face in the three panels in the picture below.

After hearing her story I was obviously skeptical...but when I stared into the dark, sweeping brush strokes of the Rothko painting, I began to see the old man myself! Maybe this was only an exercize in the powers of suggestion, but all I can say is I saw the man in the painting walking with a cane.

I don't know if there ever was a man killed nearby but it made an impression on me. The chapel is a great place to zone out!

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Dec 15, 2005
 
 
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The Menil Collection

The Menil Collection
1515 Sul Ross
Houston, Texas 77006
Tel: 713-525-9400
Fax: 713-525-9444
Museum Hours:
Wednesday – Sunday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
http://www.menil.org

The Menil Collection in Houston, Texas is an incredible collection of a variety of art from tribal to modern, Egyptian to Alaskan. The Museum is free but allows no photography or electronic devices. Inspiring collections from the Menil Collection, which is operated by the Menil Foundation, Inc., and was opened to the public in June 1987 as the primary repository of John and Dominique de Menil’s private collection. One of the most significant of the twentieth century, the collection consists of nearly 15,000 works dating from the Paleolithic era to the present day. Here you can tantalize your aesthetic thirst of Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. Antiquarian? Better yet with art from South America, Egypt, North America, and the Greeks. It's a definite must-see when in Houston.

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leafmcgowan
Apr 26, 2005

The Menil collection

Great museum, not too big, not too small. Paintings of contemporary artists and surrealists, "primitive" art from all over the world. Very pleasant architecture, great lighting inside.
Other buildings that belong to the Menil collection and are within walking distance: the Rothko chapel (spooky), the Byzantine Fresco chapel (elegant), the Twonbly gallery (is this guy an artist???), and Richmond Hall (interesting).
Everything is free!

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XenoHumph
Apr 10, 2003

The Menil Collection

A thoughtful and well-designed Modern Art Museum located in the middle of Houston's "art district," Montrose. It's only a short stroll away from the wonderful Rothko Chapel, making this one of the most important places in all Houston.

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yooperprof
Oct 03, 2002

The Menil Collection : The...

The Menil Collection : The Menil Collection is a unique museum environment located in the Montrose-area Museum District housing the collection of John and Dominique de Menil. The museum building is the centerpiece of a neighborhood featuring satellite gallery spaces and related cultural instituitons set in a parklike setting.

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Menil Collection

This free museum was established by John De Menil, a Houston oilman and private art collector. Decent but not huge collection but well worth a visit

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Jim_Eliason
Feb 25, 2014

The Menil Collection

A nice collection of art I remember it having a large pop art collection, great temporary exhibits as well. The only dissapointing thing is the gift shop.
Its also FREE! With free parking

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larsy
Mar 21, 2006

Menil byzentine chapel fresco...

Menil byzentine chapel fresco Museum
Strage looking from the outside, Inside it houses 13th century frescos on long term loan from Cyprus.

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Aug 25, 2002

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