Twenty-five years ago today, Dominique de Menil opened the Menil Collection and a new era of museum-going in Houston was born. "Houston, this is your museum," de Menil told the audience at the ribbon-cutting. But it soon became the world's treasure as well, drawing visitors — both famous and unknown — from across the globe.
In these exclusive photos from the Menil Archives, we take a look back at how de Menil put the museum together, the glittery gala on June 3, 1987, and the ribbon cutting on June 4. (The museum opened to the public on June 7.)
Dominique de Menil receives bouquets of flowers from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren at the dedication of the museum.