Menil Collection

Top choice museum in Houston
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As the name suggests, the Menil Collection is rooted in the extraordinary array of art and archaeological artifacts amassed by Houstonians John and Dominique de Menil. Housed in a modernist building designed by Renzo Piano, it only displays a careful selection of highlights at any one time. Representative pieces span the ages, from Ice Age carvings, via Cycladic figures from 2800 BC and Benin bronzes, to more recent works by Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol and Kara Walker.

The single gallery in the Menil Drawing Institute, alongside, hosts changing exhibitions devoted to big-name artists. Be sure you also visit the Cy Twombly Gallery and the serene and meditative Rothko Chapel, annexes of the collection.