Opening in 1987, Dominique de Menil took her family’s collection and appreciation of art and shared with the city of Houston. The de Menils moved to Houston from Paris due to World War II. Determined to make a difference in the city and to expand its art, the family built a house and filled it with art. They even invited big names in the art world to their home, like Andy Warhol and Michelangelo Antonioni. In 1973, John died just as he and Dominique were thinking about building a public museum for their collection. Dominique ended up fulfilling that plan, and many today visit to view and appreciate what the de Menils offered.
The collection is located on a 30-acre campus near the University of St. Thomas and has approximately 17,000 art pieces including paintings, prints, sculptures and photos. It is one of the largest private art collections in the United States. With original art pieces from Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol, it’s really no wonder to why many visit and leave more than satisfied.
Tip: there are several buildings that make up the museum. When visiting, make sure to go to all of them. There are maps given when you first walk into the main building.
The Menil Collection is open to the public, and it is free to enter.
Wednesday – Sunday: 11:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.