The Menil Collection

The Menil Collection is an art enthusiast’s dream, founded in 1987 by philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil. This museum, free to the public, houses an extraordinary array of nearly 17,000 works from antiquity to the present, emphasizing the couple’s belief in the spiritual and civilizing power of art. Its diverse holdings, including significant surrealist, African, and contemporary pieces, reflect a global perspective and a commitment to human rights and social justice.

At the Menil, visitors can explore a range of exhibits from Byzantine and medieval artifacts to modern masterpieces by Picasso, Pollock, and Warhol. The campus itself is an artistic marvel, designed by Renzo Piano, set within a tranquil, tree-lined neighborhood, enhancing the contemplative experience. Not to be missed are the Rothko Chapel and the Cy Twombly Gallery, each offering a deep dive into the singular vision of these artists.

Did you know that the Menil Collection also includes a rare assemblage of Byzantine frescoes, rescued and conserved under the museum’s auspices? This dedication to preserving and presenting art in all its forms invites visitors to ponder the enduring power of creative expression.