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Contemporary Arts Museum and Health Museum of Houston

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

This is a cozy museum centrally located in Houston’s Museum District. There are 2 floors of exhibit space with 1 floor usually dedicated to each exhibit it has on display. The exhibits change about every 2 months. I don’t really get the contemporary arts, maybe some if it is too abstract for me, so this was not a particularly interesting museum for me. Perhaps also because when I went they were in the process of setting up a new exhibit and an entire floor was closed. However, it has a pretty neat gift shop with a lot of creative and one-of-a-kind items. Admittedly, I found the gift shop to be more interesting than the museum.

當代藝術博物館

這個小博物館位于休士頓博物館區。博物館有兩層,每層展出一個藝術家的作品。大概每兩個月就換新的展覽。我總是不太懂當代藝術,覺得太抽象,所以對這個博物館不感什麽興趣。可能也是因爲我去參觀的時候一樓被關閉來設立一個新的展覽,所以感覺得博物館更小,更少東西看。但是博物館的禮品店很有趣,有很多創意性和獨特的禮品。

If you go/旅遊資料:
Address/
地址:5216 Montrose Blvd., Houston TX 77006
Hours/開放時間: Tues,Wed, Fri, Sat 10-5, Thurs 10-9, Sun 12-5
Admission/
門票: always free/ 不收門票
Website for most current info/
網站最新資料: camh.org


The Health Museum

The Health Museum is located across the street from the Houston Garden Center in the Houston Museum District. It presents basic information about health and the human body in interactive exhibits and larger than life dioramas. Kids would enjoy the exhibits in this museum. I liked the challenge exhibits where you test your strength, reflexes, and muscle memory. I would’ve liked to try the activities in You: the exhibit that explore age, gender, and ethnicity but they were broken. It looked like an interesting exhibit.

休士頓健康博物館

休士頓健康博物館在休士頓花園中心對面。博物館提供基本人體健康的資料。有互動展覽品和大大人體器官模型。小孩子會喜歡這博物館的展覽。在一個展覽裏,有幾個項目測試你的力氣,反應速度,和肌肉記憶能力。我覺得很有趣。我本來也想試 You: the exhibit 探索關於年齡,性別,和種族的展覽。可惜我參觀的時候展覽的機器都被弄壞了。

If you go/旅遊資料:
Address/
地址: 1515 Hermann Dr., Houston TX 77004
Parking/
停車: there is a charge to use Health Museum lot, park at Houston Garden Center or Hermann Park lots and walk across instead/ 健康博物館停車場要收費,把車停在休士頓花園中心或赫曼公園然後走路到博物館
Hours/開放時間: Tues-Sat 9-5, Sun 12-5, Mon 9-5 from June to August only
Admission/
門票: $8
Free Times/免費時間: Thurs 2-7pm/ 周四 2-7點下午
Website for most current info/網站- 最新資料: mhms.org

Check out my Houston Museum Guide for reviews of more museums.

看看我的休士頓博物館指南來了解休士頓更多博物館。

Rienzi

Looking at the contemporary exterior of this mansion, you’d never think the inside would be furnished with old world antiques. But when you walk inside, it is as if you were transported back in time to 17th and 18th century Europe. Rienzi is the European Decorative Arts branch of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Like Bayou Bend, it is a residence transformed into a museum.

Rienzi is also located in the Homewoods subdivision of the River Oaks section of Houston. It belonged to philanthropists Harris and Carroll Masterson and they donated their house and art collection to the MFAH. They commissioned architect John F. Staub, the same architect who built Bayou Bend, to build this mansion to house their art collection. The main part of the house was built in 1952. They had another architect add an addition with a ballroom in 1971, but it is so flawlessly done you cannot tell that it was built 20 years later. There is a lot of customization throughout. There are tons of glass-encased shelves to show off the figurines and fine china that Mrs. Masterson collected. There is a room that was designed for 4 pillars representing the 4 seasons from 1600’s Italy. One of the closet doors is a fancy carved door from 1600’s Moorish Spain.

We found the docents to be very knowledgeable about the art and furniture in the house. They told many great stories about the pieces- where they came from and what they were used for, and gave us many insights on how people lived in 17th and 18th century Europe.


Attention to detail is very evident in both the mansion and the art collection. The crown molding and pillars are embellished with floral designs and gold paint. There are oriental rugs throughout. The furniture is very ornate and detailed. Very fancy. I could spend all day admiring this stuff. It’s the kind of furniture you’re afraid to touch and rugs you don’t want to step on, let along sit down and make yourself comfortable. I wonder if the furniture was arranged this way when the Mastersons were living here. Maybe they only put some of the fancy stuff out when they were entertaining guests? I’m sure the MFAH probably moved some furniture around and added some pieces. But imagine having kids running around here, and grandkids. Or family gatherings. I love the artwork and furniture here and think the art in this museum is truly amazing, but I don’t think kids in general would have quite that same appreciation.

Rienzi is situated on about 4.4 acres, so the gardens are smaller than that of Bayou Bend. But just the same, they are neatly landscaped and very nice. Of course it was drizzling out the day I visited so I wasn’t able to walk around the gardens that much. And the flowers were not in season, so there was not much to see except for the irises. Though this is also a stop on the Azalea Trail in March, so I’d imagine it will be very pretty when the azaleas are in full bloom in March.

從外表來看,真想不到這間現代式的屋裏面全都是古董裝飾和家具。但當你走進去的時候,好像走進了17-18 世紀歐洲的豪宅。Rienzi 是休士頓美術館的歐洲裝飾藝術分支。它像Bayou Bend 一樣是豪宅改爲博物館。

Rienzi位于River Oaks 社區的Homewoods 小區。一對慈善夫婦Harris 和Carroll Masterson把自己的豪宅和藝術收藏品捐了給休士頓美術館。他們1952年買了這塊地叫John F. Staub (Bayou Bend 的設計師) 幫他們設計豪宅。1971 年又叫另外的設計師加了大舞廳和多幾間房。 這設計師做得天衣無縫,看不出來是隔了20年才建這新一部分。豪宅有很多地方是特別為Masterson 夫婦的藝術收藏而設的。例如,牆裏有玻璃封閉架子來放Masterson 夫人的精細瓷器和瓷俑。有一間房是為一套代表四季的古董意大利木柱而設。還有一個衣櫃的門是17 世紀西班牙摩爾族的門。門的木雕圖案很漂亮。

講解員歐洲和藝術知識很豐富。他們講了很多有趣的故事關於博物館的古董和17-18 世紀歐洲人的生活。

別墅裝修精美細緻。入牆架子的邊雕滿花式圖案,柱子塗上金色油漆點綴。地上鋪了東方地毯。家具很華麗,很名貴。好像只是可以看,不能摸, 更不敢坐哪種家具。但是以前Masterson 夫婦住在這裏,這都是他們的家私啊。他們都會坐都會用這些古董家具啊。難道他們不怕打破玻璃碗碟,或者把杯飲料倒在沙發上呢?他們都把古董家具保存那麽好,可能只是有客人才把古董拿出來?平時用沒有那麽名貴的家具?那他們兒孫來見他們又鎮麼樣啊?小孩子不會當心的。或者以前有一間小孩子可以玩的房間。也可能,MFAH 把豪宅改爲博物館,再把家具整理好。

Rienzi 有4.4 英畝花園, 比Bayou Bend小,但是也設計得很美麗和整齊。我們去參觀Rienzi 那天下微微的雨,所以在花園參觀了很小時間。而且,過了開花的季節,所以沒有太多花看。只是有鳶尾花。三月杜鵑開花的時候,相信花園充滿漂亮的顔色。

If you go/旅遊資料:
Address/
地址:1406 Kirby Dr., Houston TX 77019

Parking/ 停車: free parking lot at museum/ 免費停車
Hours/開放時間: Wed-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4, Sun 1-5
Admission/
門票: $6 mansion tour/參觀別墅, gardens free/花園免費
Free Times/
免費時間: free family day in April (usually 3rd Sunday) in conjunction with Bayou Bend, free trolley available to transport visitors from Bayou Bend to Rienzi and vice versa, best to park at Bayou Bend’s larger parking lot in this case. 四月第三個星期日 “Family Day” 和 Bayou Bend 都免費,有免費車從Bayou Bend 帶你到這裏。免費這一天停車在Bayou Bend 的大停車場比較好。
Website for most current info/
網站最新資料: mfah.org/rienzi

Check out my Houston Museum Guide for reviews of more museums.

看看我的休士頓博物館指南來了解休士頓更多博物館。

Bayou Bend

Panorama of front of house

Bayou Bend is a mansion in the River Oaks area of Houston turned into a museum. It is part of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and houses the American Decorative Arts collections. The mansion and gardens are beautiful, especially around March when the Azaleas are in full bloom. I’d recommend it to anyone who is interested in history, furniture, antiques, and/or landscaped gardens.


Bayou Bend was built in 1927-1928 for Ima Hogg and her brothers. Miss Hogg’s brothers were in real estate and urban planning. Their father was the first native born governor of Texas. As Houston started to grow more rapidly in the 1920’s the Hogg brothers began to plan an upscale community to the west of Houston called River Oaks to allow people to escape the noise and congestion of the city. Within the River Oaks community, the Hogg brothers set aside an 80-acre subdivision, called Homewoods, for 14 lots. They built Bayou Bend on the biggest lot, which was 12 acres. Miss Hogg and her brothers designed Bayou Bend with the help of accomplished architect John F. Staub. Being well traveled with refined tastes in the fine arts, Miss Hogg also modeled the gardens on the gardens of Versailles in France.


Miss Hogg was an avid art collector and amassed an excellent collection of antique American furniture and paintings that date from the 1620 to 1870. Since America was a fledgling nation for many of those years, it makes sense that many of the objects were from New England and the Mid-Atlantic, as the 13 colonies was where Europeans settled and built cities first. In the 1960’s Miss Hogg donated her house and collections to MFAH and personally oversaw the transformation of her house into a museum. Miss Hogg also collected other types of artwork besides American furniture, which she donated to MFAH as well.


The furniture in each room represents a different time period and different furniture style in America. The tour starts in the Murphy Room, with furniture from 1600’s America. The furniture here is simple, understated, utilitarian, and functional. It reflects the resourcefulness of the early settlers and the difficulties and hardships of the lives of early settlers. As you progress through the tour the furniture becomes increasingly fancy and decorative, serving more specific functions. As the nation developed, people became wealthier and could afford more luxurious furniture and home décor. It was very interesting to get a glimpse of how people lived in the past: their daily lives, and their pastimes through their furniture. I liked the furniture in the Drawing Room- some very unique pieces here. I liked the plush red velvet sofas and chairs in the Belter Parlor, so luxurious and ornate. I really liked the painted wallpaper in the Dining Room. Miss Hogg had an artist paint Houston flora and fauna on canvas on the walls and the background is coated in gold leaf. Beautiful painting. The bedrooms are on the 2nd floor, including Miss Hogg’s bedroom as well as several other rooms and parlors. The 2nd floor rooms are not included on the tour on free family days. They are included in regular tours with paid admission.


The gardens are also very beautiful. They are neat and orderly, with a lot of landscaping and design. Each of the gardens has a name. The Clio Garden, with its maze of azaleas, is very pretty. Azaleas are the feature here, and the grounds are awash in color in March when they are in bloom. The hydrangeas and magnolias are also very beautiful. It is a relaxing place to walk around and a great photo op, especially when the flowers are in full bloom.

Bayou Bend 是一間豪華私宅變成博物館。屬於休士頓美術館的美國裝飾藝術分支。博物館位於休士頓最高上的區: River Oaks。別墅和花園很美麗,尤其是三月杜鵑開花的季節。花園充滿生氣和漂亮的顔色。如果你喜歡美國古董,家具,歷史,或賞花, 你張會對這博物館有興趣。


伊瑪霍格和她兄弟在1927-1928 年建了Bayou Bend 給自己居住。霍格兄弟做房地產和城市規劃工作。他們的父親Jim Hogg 是德州第一個在本州出生的州長。20 年代,休士頓發展得很快,霍格兄弟在休士頓西部設計一個高上的社區,讓富貴的市民離開城市的污染和擁擠。這社區叫River Oaks。在這社區裏,霍格兄弟設計了一個80 英畝的區叫Homewoods。他們就在Homewoods 最大塊地 (12英畝) 建了Bayou Bend。 他們請建築師John F. Staub 幫他們設計他們的別墅。霍格小姐很懂得藝術, 她模仿法國的凡爾賽宮來設計花園。

霍格小姐好喜歡收集藝術品。她收集了很多從1620至1870製作的美國古董家具和油畫。 很多這些古董都來自美國東北,因爲那時候美國才初初成立國家,洋人是先來到美國東岸建立城市和文化。60 年代,霍格小姐把她的別墅和自己收藏的古董捐給休士頓美術館。她親自監管把自己的別墅改造成博物館。她收藏的其它藝術品也捐給美術館。


在別墅裏,每一間房的家具都屬於一個時代和風格的。例如,參觀別墅第一間房間, 墨菲房, 你會看到1600 年代美國的家具。 這些家具簡單,低調,和多功能的。反映先驅者的艱苦生活和創新能力。你繼續參觀的房間,家具和裝飾品越來越多花巧,華麗,和有更具體的功能。反映到美國開始有多點錢,人民過得更舒服,有錢和時間來欣賞更精美的東西。在這博物館,可以從家具看到人民和社會的變化和繁盛。我好喜歡客廳的家具,有幾件很特別,真是股東,現在都不用了。我也喜歡貝爾特客廳的沙發和椅子, 很豪華,很漂亮。 我覺得最特別的是餐廳的壁紙。霍格小姐叫畫家畫上休士頓的植物和動物,背景凃上金色油漆, 讓整個餐廳都更美麗,優雅。二樓還有房間,包括霍格小姐的臥室。免費參觀優惠的時間,二樓不開放。平時收門票參觀,二樓就開放。



Bayou Bend 的花園也很美麗。每一個有個名字。花園很整齊,有很多景觀設計。花園到處種很多杜鵑,三月開花的時節花園充滿顔色。克利歐花園的杜鵑迷宮很美麗,不開花的時候都很有藝術性。花園也種了綉球花和木蘭花, 大大朵,粉紅色,白色,好漂亮。在這裏散步怡情養性, 讓人放鬆, 而且是一個拍攝美景的好地方。


If you go/旅遊資料:
Address/
地址:1 Westcott @ Memorial Dr., Houston TX 77007
Parking/
停車: free parking lot adjoins museum/ 免費停車
Hours/
開放時間: Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5
Admission/
門票: $10 mansion and gardens/別墅和花園, or $3 gardens only/只是花園
Free Times/
免費時間: free family days third Sunday of each month from Sept to May- includes 1st floor and gardens, but not 2nd floor/ 從九月到五月每個月第三個星期日免門票,但只可參觀一樓和花園,二樓那時候不開放。
Website for most current info/
網站最新資料: mfah.org/bayoubend

Check out my Houston Museum Guide for reviews of more museums.

看看我的休士頓博物館指南來了解休士頓更多博物館。

Museum of Fine Arts Houston 休士頓美術館

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) is a very large art museum with tons of interesting exhibits. To me, it was more like an anthropological/ cultural museum because it had so many exhibits of art from different cultures. Of course it also has classical paintings and modern art. I found the art to be very interesting and enjoyed learning about different cultures and time periods through art.

My favorite exhibits were the ones highlighting works of art from various cultures- Asian, Korean, Indonesian, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, African, South American, Oceanic, ancient Europe, etc. It is like you traveled the world through art once you have finished seeing this museum. There is a good representation of many cultures in one place, and it lends to making cross-cultural connections.

I was amazed at all the gold art pieces that the museum had on display. The collection on Indonesian gold, Indian gold, African gold, and South American gold was amazing. It could very well have been called the Gold Museum. It was interesting to see how each culture used gold and decorated it. Many of these gold objects were highly detailed and richly decorated, very ornate. Although these cultures were worlds apart, and time periods apart, ( I mean, the cultures developed separately and probably had little to no contact with each other.) one can see that the universal value placed on gold is high.

I enjoyed seeing the battle armor, sculptures, vases and urns and bronzes of ancient Europe and the Near East.

Aside from the very comprehensive permanent collections I like how the MFAH has a variety of changing exhibitions. Some that I saw were the arts of Ancient Vietnam (lots of influence from Hinduism and Buddhism as well as Chinese), art relating to the moon, and a contemporary Korean art and photography exhibit. There’s always something new to see at the MFAH and these changing exhibitions are included in the price of a ticket and are also included on free days.

I like how the museum is free the first Sunday of the month and also all day Thursdays. And there are 2 free parking lots across the street from the museum, which make it a very accessible and convenient attraction to visit. A highly recommended place to visit in Houston!

While there you can also check out the Cullen Sculpture Garden, which is right next to the MFAH. It is also a part of the MFAH and is free and open to the public. It is a nice area to walk around, very peaceful and relaxing.


休士頓美術館有很多有趣的展覽。 我覺得像一個人類學和歷史文化博物館, 因爲這博物館展覽出多種文化的藝術品。當然,它也有你通常想到的藝術品, 例如歐洲油畫,現代畫,抽象雕塑,等等。我喜歡這博物館因爲可以從藝術品體會到每一個文化或時代。

我最喜歡的展覽是每一個文化的藝術品, 如亞洲,中國,韓國,印尼,印度,日本,非洲,南美,太平洋,歐洲,等等。在這裏參觀真的可以周遊世界的文化啊!而且,可以讓我們看到世界各個文化和藝術的相似和區別。

這博物館有很多用黃金製做的藝術品。真漂亮!有印尼黃金,非洲黃金,南美洲黃金;這博物館都可以改名為黃金博物館。我們可以看到每一個文化怎麽用黃金,做了什麽金器和首飾。很多這些首飾都有很多細節,是精心制作的, 很華麗。雖然這些文化地理和時間上又大大的距離,但我們可以知道每一個文化都很注重黃金。

我也喜歡看歐洲和近東的雕塑,瓶罐, 戰甲,和青銅器。

除了這裏的常設展覽,MFAH 也有很多臨時展覽, 例如越南古代藝術品 (受中國和印度的佛教,印度教影響),月球展覽,和現代韓國藝術和攝影。MFAH 只是收一次門票,臨時展覽不用另外買票。所以可以說每次到MFAH都有新展覽來參觀。

MFAH 每週四全天免費。每個月第一個星期日也是不收門票。那天,也有特別的兒童活動。MFAH 有兩個免費停車場。只是在博物館對面。來博物館玩真的有方便又划算。是休士頓值得參觀的好地方。

來到博物館也可以參觀博物館對面的Cullen 雕塑園。雕塑園是在外面, 環境優美,散步小休好地方。每天都不收門票的。

If you go/旅遊資料:
Address/
地址:1001 Bissonnet St. Houston TX 77005
Parking/
停車: free parking available on surface lots at Main/Bissonnet and Main/Oakdale
Hours/
開放時間: Tues-Wed 10-5, Thurs 10-9, Fri-Sat 10-7, Sun 12:15-7
Free Times/
免費時間: Thurs all day, first Sunday of the month
Web/
網站: mfah.org

Check out my Houston Museum Guide for reviews of more museums.

看看我的休士頓博物館指南來了解休士頓更多博物館。

Museums near The Menil Collection

Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum 拜佔庭教堂壁畫博物館


This museum is a small chapel built to display a fresco that was stolen from the dome and apse of a 13th century Cyprus chapel. A fresco is artwork that is painted onto wet plaster, and when the plaster dries, the artwork becomes a part of the wall. Thieves removed the frescoes on the dome and apse of a chapel near Lysi, Cyprus and cut it into pieces to be sold for profit. The Menil Foundation, which oversees The Menil Collection museum (see above) came across these frescoes, bought them, and reassembled them on the dome and apse of this specially built chapel, the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum, to display them. The frescoes still belong to the Church of Cyprus, and are on longterm loan to Houston.

梅尼勒基金會建了這間教堂/博物館來展出兩幅壁畫。壁畫是塗在濕石膏的畫。當石膏干了,畫就成爲墻的一部分。這些壁畫屬於 利西,塞浦路斯 (Lysi, Cyprus) 13 世紀的小教堂。 後來被小偷偷了。小偷把壁畫切成38 塊來賣。梅尼勒基金會買了這些壁畫塊,把它組合為原來的樣貌放在拜佔庭教堂壁畫博物館的圓頂和後殿展出給大家參觀。這些壁畫還是屬於塞浦路斯原來的教堂,借給休士頓展出。

The museum was a lot smaller than I’d imagined when reading the descriptions. The chapel has frosted glass walls on the inside. The lights are dimmed real low. The chapel is just the frosted glass walls and the frescoes on the dome and apse. This allows it to highlight and draw attention to the frescoes. This chapel is a short walk from The Menil Collection and Rothko Chapel, and is easily rolled into a trip to the Menil.

這間教堂很小。燈開得很暗。除了壁畫在 圓頂 和 後殿,全都是毛玻璃。這就讓我們更加注意圓頂和後殿的壁畫。 這間教堂在梅尼勒藝術館附近。從梅尼勒藝術館可以走路到這裡。

If you go/旅遊資料:
Address/地址: 4011 Yupon St., Houston TX 77006
Hours/開放時間: Wed-Sun 11am-6pm
Free Times/免費時間: Always free!! 不收門票
Web/網站: menil.org/byzantine.html


Rothko Chapel 羅斯科教堂


Rothko Chapel is a small chapel within walking distance to The Menil Collection and the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum. This chapel was also founded by John and Dominique de Menil who founded The Menil Collection and the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum. It is named after the paintings done by artist Mark Rothko on display inside the chapel. I did not get to go inside when I went because they were holding a concert inside, but I did walk around on the grounds. The grounds are peaceful and quiet, perfect for quiet contemplation. There is a broken obelisk sculpture with a reflecting pool on the grounds.

羅斯科教堂是梅尼勒藝術館和拜佔庭教堂壁畫博物館附近的一間小教堂。這間教堂也是梅尼勒夫婦成立的。裏面有畫家馬克 羅斯克 畫的畫。 我來的時候沒有進去,因爲裏面正在舉行演唱會。教堂園子的樹木和草一片綠色。很安靜。園子裏也有一個方尖碑調塑和反映池。

If you go/旅遊資料:
Address/地址: 1409 Sul Ross St., Houston TX 77006
Hours/開放時間: Mon-Sun 10am-6pm
Free Times/免費時間: Always free!! 不收門票
Web/網站: rothkochapel.org


Houston Center for Photography 休士頓攝影中心


This is a small museum dedicated to photography. Most of the photography in this museum was contemporary photography, which is not my thing. I am more into landscape and travel photography, and also portraiture, basically stuff you’d find in a National Geographic magazine. If you are into abstract and contemporary photography, this museum is within walking distance to The Menil Collection and the two chapels I mentioned above. It’s still a very small museum and would take no more than ½ hour to view the exhibits.

這是一間小小的攝影博物館。這裡的相片都是現代抽象類型的。我看不動。我比較喜歡風景,旅遊,和人像照片,比如,國家地理 雜誌的照片。如果你喜歡抽象照片的話,這間博物館近梅尼勒藝術館和我上面描述那兩個小教堂。這間博物館都是很小,半個小時都可以看完。

If you go/旅遊資料:
Address/地址: 1441 W. Alabama St., Houston TX 77006
Hours/開放時間: Wed-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat-Sun 12noon-6pm
Free Times/免費時間: Always free!! 不收門票
Web/網站: hcponline.org

Check out my Houston Museum Guide for reviews of more museums.

看看我的休士頓博物館指南來了解休士頓更多博物館。

The Menil Collection

The Menil Collection is an art museum started by the Menils, who were French. The wife, Dominique de Menil was the daughter of Conrad Schlumberger, founder of Schlumberger oil services company, which has a headquarters in Sugarland/Missouri City. She and her husband John de Menil came to Houston after WWII and her father put her husband in charge of Schlumberger’s overseas operations. They were avid art collectors and philanthropists who promoted the arts in Houston. The museum was created to showcase and preserve their private art collection.

休士頓梅尼勒藝術館是法國商業和慈善家夫婦開創的藝術館。他們好收藏藝術品,所以就開了這間藝術館來展出他們所收集的藝術作品。梅尼勒夫人是斯倫貝謝石油服務公司創辦人的女兒。第二次世界大戰後她和她丈夫來美國休士頓管理斯倫貝謝海外業務。他們大力推廣藝術,也是休士頓有名的慈善家。現在斯倫貝謝公司的總部在休士頓郊區的糖城。

This is a decent sized museum with a varied collection of art from around the globe. Knowing that all of the works of art belong to just this one family make it all the more impressive. The museum has artwork and ancient arts from Greek, Roman, Medieval/Byzantine, African, Oceanic, and Northwest American cultures, with some Asian works. Most impressive was a long wooden table from 1500’s Europe. It was a rich dark color and you could see the age and wear of the table; the rougher, but high quality craftsmanship of the day, and all the details of wear and usage over time. What surprised me was this antique was just out in the open in the hallway exhibit space. You would think a 500-year-old antique would be more protected, like in a glass case or sectioned off. It was just neatly displayed with plaques explaining the art, but there was no glass case or ropes sectioning it off. Absolutely nothing. So you could get up real close to scrutinize the detail and see how it was put together. Awesome! Some other things of note were the Byzantine and Egyptian art. The artwork was done on wool or cloth and from thousands of years ago. Most of it has deteriorated but you can still see the painting. Wow.

這個藝術館不小。有希臘, 羅馬,歐洲中世紀, 非洲,亞洲,太平洋,和美國西北民族的藝術作品。藝術館很信任參觀者。有一張舊長桌展覽在走廊。這張桌子有500年歷史,但藝術館沒有用欄杆或玻璃隔開參觀者。你可以走到桌子旁邊仔細看看桌子的detail。 我覺得拜佔庭和埃及的畫也很有趣。這些畫有幾百或一千多年歷史。有些畫在一塊木板上,有些畫在布上。 每幅畫都有部分霉爛了,但是都可以看到畫家畫的畫。

This museum is a definite must see in Houston for art and history/culture buffs. There’s some really cool stuff here that is worth checking out. A quick tour might take 30-45mins, and if you really stop and admire the works of art it might take 2+ hours. The fact that it is free is a real plus and makes it easy on the budget.

來休士頓遊玩的話,梅尼勒藝術館值得一看。這裡的藝術品很有趣。快的話,可以30-45 分鐘看完,仔細欣賞的話,可能要兩個多小時。這個藝術館門票和停車都是免費,很划算。

If you go/旅遊資料:
Address/地址: 1515 Sul Ross St., Houston TX 77006
Free Parking/免費停車: 1515 West Alabama St.
Hours/開放時間: Wed-Sun 11am-7pm
Free Times/免費時間: Always free!! 不收門票
Web/網站: menil.org

Check out my Houston Museum Guide for reviews of more museums.

看看我的休士頓博物館指南來了解休士頓更多博物館。