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Free Admission
1533 Sul Ross St.
Houston, TX 77006
713-525-9400
Closed Now
Wed–Sun 11am–7pm
Free Admission
1533 Sul Ross St.
Houston, TX 77006
713-525-9400

Menil

Vision Statement

The Menil Collection is shaped by the vision of its founders, John and Dominique de Menil, and their belief that the arts are central to the human experience. There is a deep spirituality and humanism at the heart of the collection, and the intimate and contemplative environment in which art is displayed respects the primacy of the artwork and the viewer’s direct encounter with art. The Menil Collection is committed to sustaining the special spirit and core values that define this institution and to keeping them relevant for future generations.

Core Values

These core values are embodied in all the Menil does:

  • A commitment to take extraordinary care for works of art and their display in an environment that respects the primacy of the art
  • Having museum buildings devoted solely to art and its requirements
  • Preserving the spirit and character of the campus environment and neighborhood setting
  • An intellectual independence and a willingness to take risks and be out of the mainstream
  • Valuing the artist’s intention and working with certain artists on a deeper and more sustained level
  • The central role of research and scholarship
  • An international character and presence
  • A commitment to ethical integrity and social responsibility
  • Accessibility and an institutional culture that is sensitive and responsive to issues of diversity