Area Museums (in alphabetical order)

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
      1834 Southmore Blvd
      713-942-8920  ~  www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com
      Mon-Fri 10- 5; Sat 10-4
      FREE MONDAYS


      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.
 
Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum
      4011 Yupon St
      713-521-3990  ~  www.menil.org/visit/byzantine.php
      Wed-Sun 11-6
      ALWAYS FREE

      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
      713-522-1138  ~  www.cmhouston.org
      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
      5216 Montrose
      713-284-8250  ~  www.camh.org
      Wed & Fri 11-7; Thu 11-9; Sat & Sun; 11-6
      ALWAYS FREE

      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.
 
Czech Center Museum Houston
      4920 San Jacinto
      713-528-2060  ~  www.czechcenter.org
      Mon-Sat 10-4

      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.


The Health Museum
      1515 Hermann Dr
      713-521-1515  ~  www.thehealthmuseum.org
      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!
 
Holocaust Museum Houston
      5401 Caroline St.
      713-942-8000  ~  www.hmh.org
      Mon-Fri 9-5; Sat & Sun 12-5
      ALWAYS FREE

      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.
 
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
      4848 Main Street
      713-529-4848  ~  www.crafthouston.org
      Tue-Sat 10-5; Sun 12-5
      ALWAYS FREE

      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.
 
Houston Center for Photography
      1441 W Alabama St.
      713-529-4755  ~  www.hcponline.org
      Wed-Fri 11-5; Thu 11-9; Sat-Sun 12-6
      ALWAYS FREE

      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.
 
Houston Museum of Natural Science
      One Hermann Circle Dr
      713-639-4629  ~  www.hmns.org
      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.
 
Houston Zoo
      6200 Hermann Park Dr.
      713-533-6500  ~  www.houstonzoo.org
      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 city? 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.
 
The John C. Freeman Weather Museum
      5104 Caroline St.
      713-529-3076  ~  www.weathermuseum.org
      Mon-Sat 10-4

      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.
 
The Jung Center Of Houston
      5200 Montrose
      713-524-8253  ~  www.junghouston.org
      Mon-Thu 9-5; Fri 9-4
      ALWAYS FREE


      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.
 
Lawndale Art Center
      4912 Main Street
      713-528-5858  ~  www.lawndaleartcenter.org
      Mon-Fri 10-5; Sat 12-5
      ALWAYS FREE

      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.
 
The Menil Collection
      1515 Sul Ross Street
      713-525-9400  ~  www.menil.org
      Wed-Sun 11-7
      ALWAYS FREE

      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.
 
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
      1001 Bissonnet Street
      713-639-7300  ~  www.mfah.org
      Tue-Wed 10-5; Thu 10-9; Fri-Sat 10-7; Sun 12-7
      FREE THURSDAYS

      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.
 
Rice University Art Gallery
      6100 Main Street (Sewall Hall, Rice University)
      713-348-6069  ~  www.ricegallery.org

      Tue-Sat 11-5; Thu 11-7; Sun 12-5

      ALWAYS FREE


      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.


 
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