The mission of the Rothko Chapel is to inspire people to action through art and contemplation, to nurture reverence for the highest aspirations of humanity, and to provide a forum to explore matters of worldwide concern.
The Rothko Chapel, founded by Houston philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil, was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary available to people of every belief. A tranquil meditative environment inspired by the mural canvases of American painter Mark Rothko, the Chapel welcomes over 60,000 visitors each year - people of every faith and from all parts of the world. On the plaza, Barnett Newman's majestic sculpture "Broken Obelisk" stands in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Rothko Chapel is an independent institution, a sacred place open to all people, every day. In 2001, the Chapel was listed in the National Register of Historic Places, an honor awarded before the institution was fifty years old. The Chapel has two vocations: contemplation and action. Action takes the form of supporting human rights, particularly in its 50 plus public programs per year and thus the Chapel has become a rallying place for all people concerned with peace, freedom, and social justice throughout the world.
HOURS & ADMISSION
Monday-Sunday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Open every day of the year from 10 am - 6 pm.
- Free Hours: Always free!
Directions & Parking
- Free Parking
- Street Parking
- Visitors can use the Menil Collection parking lot located at Mulberry and West Alabama. There is also street parking available on Yupon and Sul Ross. Wheelchair access is located on Sul Ross at the north end of the Chapel.
- (713) 524-9839
Events at Rothko Chapel
toward a better future: transforming the climate crisis
Feb. 28 - Mar. 2, 2019
Programs & Activities
offsite program: “toxic tour” of houston with t.e.j.a.s.
Feb. 9 - Feb. 9, 2019