Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
1834 Southmore Blvd
Mon-Fri 10- 5; Sat 10-4
Come and visit the historical Buffalo Soldier National
Museum and learn more about not only African American history but American
history as well. The goal of the Buffalo Soldier Museum is to interpret,
articulate, collect, display and preserve historical artifacts, documents,
videos, prints and other historical memorabilia which details the history of
the brave men and women who overcame extreme adversity while gallantly
fighting the great American wars. African Americans have served proudly in
every great American war. In 1866, through an act of Congress, legislation
was adopted to create six all African American Army units. The units were
identified as the 9th and 10th cavalry and the 38th, 39th, 40th and 41st
infantry regiments. The four infantry regiments were
later reorganized to form the 24th and 25th infantry regiments. These
fighting men represented the first Black professional soldiers in a
peacetime army. The recruits came from varied backgrounds including former
slaves and veterans from service in the Civil War.
Fresco Chapel Museum
4011 Yupon St
The Byzantine Fresco Chapel is the repository in the United
States for the only intact Byzantine frescoes of this size and importance in
the western hemisphere. These masterworks from the 13th century - a dome and
an apse - were stolen out of a chapel near Lysi in the Turkish occupied
section of Cyprus in the 1980's, cut into pieces and smuggled off the island
by thieves prepared to sell them piece by piece. The fresco fragments were rescued
from the thieves by The Menil Foundation with the knowledge and approval of
the Church of Cyprus, the rightful owner of the frescoes. The Menil
Foundation then funded a painstaking two-year restoration of the paintings.
Numerous private donors helped fund the construction of the Chapel Museum,
which combines rough stone, opaque glass and rich woods, to extraordinarily
spiritual effect. The Church of Cyprus is allowing a long-term loan of the
frescoes in the Chapel Museum opened on February 1997. Intimate in scale
(4,000 square feet), the Chapel Museum was built especially for them by
architect François de Menil.
Children's Museum of Houston
1500 Binz. St
Tue-Sat 10-6; Thu 10-8; Sun 12-6
The new Children’s Museum of Houston is packed with 90,000
square feet of interactive, hands-on exhibits. Harness the power of water!
Swoosh into FlowWorks and become a plumber or an engineer, inspecting,
operating and maintaining the elements of this action-packed exhibit. Leap,
jump, crawl and climb up CMH’s mighty exhibit PowerPlay. Defy physical
challenges leaping up and down different levels of the PowerTower, calculate
your heart rate and other types of measurements through areas like Stretch
It Out, and jam to popular music with various dance moves. Step into a workshop of gadgets and
gizmos where your create, concoct, and construct contraptions in Invention
Convention. Walk into a whimsical factory where
you stare straight into the future! CMH introduces Matter Factory, a
brand-new exhibit which takes a closer look at materials science and
nanotechnology. Also experience a math adventure at Cyberchase – The Chase
Is On! Help the CyberSquad protect the virtual universe from the evil Hacker
while exploring math concepts such as place value, algebra, geometry,
fractions and probability.
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Wed & Fri 11-7; Thu 11-9; Sat & Sun; 11-6
The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is a non-collecting
institution dedicated to presenting the best and most exciting
international, national and regional art of the last 40 years. Founded in
1948, the Museum prides itself on presenting new art and documenting its
role in modern life through exhibitions, lectures, original publications and
a variety of educational programs and events.
The CAMH occupies the famous stainless steel building
in the heart of the Houston Museum District. This highly recognizable
building was designed for the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston by
award-winning architect Gunnar Birkerts and opened in 1972. The Museum Shop
at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston offers a diverse selection of books,
periodicals, and exhibition catalogues related to contemporary art, as well
as a wide array of unusual gifts, including artist and designer-made jewelry
and educational toys and games for children.
Center Museum Houston
4920 San Jacinto
Czech Center Museum Houston is a non-profit educational,
cultural arts organization located in the Museum District. The Center’s
mission is to preserve, record, and celebrate the language, scholarship and
arts of Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia and Slovakia. Incorporated in 1996, the
Center is open to the public for exhibits, concerts, lectures, language
courses and other activities. This beautiful Baroque-style building houses a
museum and Brno Gallerie with a permanent exhibit of antique furniture from
European Castles, folk art such as toys, dolls, and figurines, traditional
costume, an extensive collection of Bohemian Crystal and Czech porcelain and
ceramics, antique jewelry as well as numerous paintings and Moravian hand
painted pottery. The Center offers genealogy research and library resources.
The Center includes Wenceslas ecumenical chapel, Prague Hall grand ballroom
and business meeting rooms in addition to Prague International Gifts,
featuring unique gifts of the Bohemian world such as Bohemian crystal and
porcelain, antique Czech garnet jewelry and other collectibles from several
countries, especially the Czech Republic.
1515 Hermann Dr
Tue-Sat 9-5; Sun 12-5; Mon (June - August) 9-5
The Health Museum is Houston's most interactive science
learning center and a member institution of the world-renowned Texas Medical
Center. Located in the heart of the city's rich and varied Museum District,
The Health Museum also known as The John P. McGovern Museum of Health &
Medical Science, encourages growing interest and regard for healthier
lifestyles, fitness and good physical, mental and spiritual health. Take a larger-than-life walking tour
of the Amazing Body Pavilion and get an up-close look at the human body and
how it works. Ride a bicycle with a skeleton, find out how hard your heart
works to pump blood and sit on giant teeth!
5401 Caroline St.
Mon-Fri 9-5; Sat & Sun 12-5
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people
about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and millions of other
innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of
the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred,
prejudice and apathy to tens of thousands of people worldwide each year. Our changing exhibit galleries house
special exhibitions complementing and further exploring the issues presented
in our Permanent Exhibit (not recommended for children under the age of 10),
entitled "Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers." Our changing exhibitions
are designed to be intellectually and aesthetically challenging and to
encourage visitors to study the Holocaust, contemporary genocides and
related topics in greater detail and from a variety of perspectives.
Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street
Tue-Sat 10-5; Sun 12-5
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is a nonprofit
visual arts organization dedicated to advancing education about the process,
product and history of craft with a focus on objects made primarily of clay,
fiber, glass, metal and wood. Visitors enjoy innovative exhibitions of
contemporary craft, engaging with on-site artists-in-residence and
purchasing one-of-a-kind gifts and home décor in the Asher Retail Gallery.
HCCC provides exhibition, retail and studio spaces to support the work of
local and national artists and serves as a resource for artists, educators
and the community at large. In addition, HCCC reaches thousands of children
a year through its educational and outreach programming.
Center for Photography
1441 W Alabama St.
Wed-Fri 11-5; Thu 11-9; Sat-Sun 12-6
HCP's mission is to increase society's understanding and
appreciation of photography and its evolving role in contemporary culture.
HCP strives to encourage artists, build audiences, stimulate dialogue and
promote inquiry about photography and related media through education,
exhibitions, publications, fellowship programs and community collaboration. Education is at the core of HCP’s
mission. Through outreach programs, fellowships, classes, workshops,
lectures and group discussions, HCP endeavors to excite and educate the
community about photography as an artistic medium and a tool for cultural
investigation. HCP offers more than 275 educational events annually, several
of which are free and open to the public.
Museum of Natural Science
One Hermann Circle Dr
Mon-Sat 9-5; Sun 11-5
The Houston Museum of Natural Science houses the Burke
Baker Planetarium, Wortham IMAX® Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center and over
a dozen permanent exhibit areas that examine astronomy, space science,
Native Americans, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals,
seashells, Texas wildlife and more. In addition, the museum frequently
presents traveling exhibitions on a variety of topics. The Museum also
maintains two satellite facilities: The George Observatory in Fort Bend
County, which houses one of the largest telescopes in the country that is
available for public viewing; and The Houston Museum of Natural Science at
Sugar Land, which has exhibits on dinosaurs; mineralogy; exotic, live
insects and more.
6200 Hermann Park Dr.
Mar 8-Nov 1: Mon-Sun 9-7
Nov 2 - Mar 7: Mon-Sun 9-6
The Houston Zoo is open year-round, and this is the perfect
time for a visit! Make sure to stop by the Plan Your Day kiosk upon arrival
for information on what special feedings, shows, or enrichment activities
will take place during your time at the Zoo. Where else can you explore the
flora and fauna of Africa, Asia, and Borneo...right in the middle of the
Encompassing a seemingly boundless world of ecosystems
and experiences, the Houston Zoo offers a glimpse into the lives, habitats,
and conservation of over 4,500 animals for whom we provide housing, meals,
medical care and, yes, even education! Each year 1.7 million guests take
part in the wonder and magnificence of creatures big and small, from all
over the globe, and learn ways in which they too can contribute to the
protection and prosperity of the animals they get to know and love - in much
the same way that our dedicated staff works to ensure that the Zoo is always
running smoothly for the safety and well being of our residents and guests.
C. Freeman Weather Museum
5104 Caroline St.
The John C. Freeman Weather Museum, the first and only
museum of its kind in the nation, opened its doors in April of 2006 in the
Houston Museum District to inspire the next generation of scientists and
engineers. Founded and operated by meteorologists, the Weather Museum is a
project of Weather Research Center, a Houston, Texas based non-profit
educational and research organization, whose goal is to reach as many people
as possible and educate them about weather and weather safety as well as
make them weatherwise. In-depth guided
group tours by appointment are available. The museum also offers weather
camps, weather labs, scout merit badge classes, weather talks, and teacher
workshops throughout the year.
Center Of Houston
Mon-Thu 9-5; Fri 9-4
The Jung Educational Center offers more than 100 classes
each year in the fields of psychology, philosophy, the humanities, religion
and the expressive arts.
The library and bookstore contain the most complete
collection of books on Jungian subjects in the Southwest. Also available in
the bookstore, an extensive collection of classes and lectures on CD. Each
month, there are new exhibits in the gallery area featuring the artwork of
local and regional professional artists. The gallery is free to the public
and visitors are always welcome.
4912 Main Street
Mon-Fri 10-5; Sat 12-5
Lawndale Art Center is a non-profit alternative space for
the exhibition of contemporary works in all media, unique in its focus on
Houston area artists. Founded in 1979, Lawndale has owned its present
location on Main Street in Houston's Museum District since 1993. With four
galleries in its locally significant Art Deco building, Lawndale includes
close to 500 artists annually in changing exhibitions. Over twenty
exhibitions, informal talks and special events are offered yearly including
annual events such as Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead, the 20th Century
Modern Market, and The Big Show.
1515 Sul Ross Street
The Menil Collection opened in 1987 to preserve and exhibit
the art collection of John and Dominique de Menil. Considered one of the
most important privately assembled collections of the twentieth century, The
Menil Collection houses approximately 15,000 paintings, sculptures, prints,
drawings, photographs and rare books. Masterpieces from antiquity, the
Byzantine and medieval worlds, the tribal cultures of Africa, Oceania, the
American Pacific Northwest and the twentieth century are particularly well
represented. Among the highlights of the museum are its Surrealist holdings,
widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost collections of its kind. The
Menil Collection displays selections from its permanent collection and
regularly offers special exhibitions and programs to the public.
Fine Arts Houston
1001 Bissonnet Street
Tue-Wed 10-5; Thu 10-9; Fri-Sat 10-7; Sun 12-7
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is one of the largest art
museums in America, with more than 300,000 square feet of space devoted to
the display of art. The collection contains over 57,000 works of art. There are two major museum
buildings, the Caroline Wiess Law Building and the Audrey Jones Beck
Building; two facilities for the Glassell School of Art, the Studio School
of Art for adults and the Glassell Junior School; two house museums that
exhibit decorative arts, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and Rienzi; the
Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden; and 18 acres of public gardens.
University Art Gallery
6100 Main Street (Sewall Hall, Rice University)
Tue-Sat 11-5; Thu 11-7; Sun 12-5
The only university museum devoted to installation, Rice
Gallery invites artists, architects, and designers to create room-sized
works of art that transform the gallery space.