Rothko ChapelCurrently Closed
- Address: 3900 Yupon St, Houston, Texas, United States, 77006
- Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: 1-7135249839
- Fax: +1-7135247461
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Church, Religious Site, Statue, Family And Kids, Social, Arts, Museums
The Rothko Chapel is where religion and art go hand in hand. It was founded by the De Menils who also created the Famous Menil Collection of Houston. This lovely chapel is a must see in sequence with the Menil Collection if it is on your list.
The place has been designed quite simply and elegantly. The lovely skylight on top of the main prayer area bathes the place in glorious sunlight almost throughout the day. The most striking thing to see here is a beautiful structure called the Broken Obelisk which is dedicated to Martin Luther King Junior. The pyramid with an obelisk like structure standing upside down on its narrowest point is an astonishing site indeed.
Be sure to visit this serene sight which is a church with a great difference. The serenity and minimalism of the building designed by Mark Rothko is worth noting.
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12.5% of people who visit Houston include Rothko Chapel in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
50% of people start their Rothko Chapel visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Rothko Chapel
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Rothko Chapel
This chapel and the garden surrounding it are the closest thing to a holy place I have been to in the US. Meditative, somber, elegant and moving, I try to go here as soon after I land in Houston as possible. I dare say it is even worth a flight to Houston. Sit, breathe and think in front of one of the most wonderful modern explorations of holiness I have seen. And they have cool events. PS this is a spiritual rather than specifically religious place. They provide every holy book, and places to worship or meditate however you like.
Although there's not much to look at art wise, looking at the paintings isn't really the point. A beautiful and quiet space meant for worshipping for all religions, meditating, or just simply taking time out of your day to pause and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Ultimately a little disappointing. The paintings in the chapel are definitely not Rothko’s best works and you are not allowed to take photographs inside. Nonetheless, it is a beautiful space. I would just prefer some of Rothko’s other works in the space.
My favorite part of Rothko is actually the sculpture outside. Read the plaque - fascinating. Also, make sure to go to the red swing on the really large and old tree on the grounds between Rothko and Menil!
This was a really nice stop on a warm winter’s day. The grounds were great, and it was well worth coming. But, I also didn’t totally get it. I know about Rothko’s work academically, but I can’t get it to speak to me. We decided not to stay inside long so we could leave the space for people who did get it.