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Houston is home to numerous museums and even has a special Museum District where many of them are located.  The Houston Museums have something for you no matter what your interest..

Below is a general listing of the Houston Museums followed by a specific listing of those institutions found in the Museum District.

Houston Museums

1940 Air Terminal Museum… This civilian aviation history museum is housed in an art deco building designed by Joseph Finger.  The museum  received congressional recognition for its importance  in the preservation of civil aviation heritage.   On the west side of Hobby Airport located t 8325 Travelair St.  Admission Charge.

Art Car Museum…Custom decorated cars feature whimsical motifs, a motorcycle in a woman’s red high heeled shoe and a giant polyester bunny VW.  Located at 140 Heights Blvd.

Battleship Texas…This is the last surviving dreadnought style type ship and is he only remaining battleship to  have served in both World Wars.  When the ship was commissioned in 1914, it was considered  the most advances military weapon on the planet.  Located 20 miles east of Houston in La Porte.

Buffalo Soldiers Museum… The only museum in the United States dedicated primarily to preserving the legacy and honor of the African American soldier.  It houses the largest repository of African American military history in the world. Located at 3816 Caroline St.

Dunham Bible Museum…Exhibits include ancient and medieval manuscripts and examples of the earliest printed  Bibles. Tells the stories of the Bible’s preservation, history, transmission and influence.  Located at 7502 Fondren Road  Free.

Houston Fire Museum… Features the evolution of firefighting form the “bucket brigade” to modern  vehicles.  Collection includes an 1892 steam fire engine and an early 20th century motorized pumper.  Located t 2403 Milam St.  Admission Charge.

Museum of American Architecture & Decorative Arts…This museum houses a furnished replica of an early 1800’sDog Trot Log Cabin, early Texas furniture, the Schissler Miniature Furniture Collection from the 1800’s, and the  Theo Redwood Blank Doll Collection.  Located on the Houston Baptist University Campus at 7502 Fondren Road.

Museum of Printing History… From the earliest cuneiform tablets to current headlines, the museum  shows how written communication has influenced the course of history  The galleries contain hundreds of rare printing artifacts.  One gallery features historic headlines.  Located at 1324 Clay St.  Admission Charge.

Museum of Southern History… Memorabilia include an extensive Civil War handgun collection.  Southern plantation style rooms clothing from the antebellum era; exhibit of Terry’s Texas Rangers, medical supplies an instruments; and Confederate uniforms.  Located on the Houston Baptist Campus at 7502 Fondren St.

NASA/Space Center Houston…Visit the headquarters off America’s manned space program.  Space Center Houston offers live shows, presentations, interactive exhibits, an IMAX theater and behind the scenes tours of Johnson Space Center.  Located 20 miles south of Houston in Bay Area Houston.

National Museum of Funeral History…This museum host the nation’s largest collection of funeral service memorabilia including horse drawn hearses, a funeral sleigh, 1941 hearse/ambulance and a 1915 Packard “mourning bus”.  Located at 415 Barren Springs Drive.  Admission Charge.

The Museum District

One of Houston’s most scenic  areas, the Museum District is home to 18 museums.   The Houston Museums District also features restaurants and beautiful green spaces such as Hermann Park.  It is also home to the Mercom Fountain and the Sam Houston statue.

The following are located in the Museum District:

Byzantine Fresco Chapel… This museum features 13th century frescoes from the island of Cyprus.  One of the ancient frescoes epics the Virgin Mary  another fresco, a domed one that took four years to restores, depicts Christ as the ruler of all things.  Chapel is located at the corner of Branard and Yupon Street.

Children’s Museum of Houston…This museum features hands on exhibits for children four months to 14 year old in areas of science, history, culture an the arts.  Includes an outdoor discovery garden and greenhouse.  Located at 1500 Binz.  Admission Charge.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston…This is a non-collecting museum dedicated to bringing the cutting edge of contemporary art to the city with yearly exhibitions.  Located at 55216 Montrose Blvd.

Czech Center Museum Houston.. This museum housed paintings, artifacts, photography, sculpture, porcelain, crystal, music an samples of folk art in permanent and changing exhibitions.  Located  at 4920 San Jacinto .  Admission Charge.

Holocaust Museum Houston…This museum is dedicated to educating people bout the Holocaust, remembering those who perished and honoring the survivors.  Included is a permanent exhibit, memorial, changing exhibit gallery, theater, library, interactive learning center and archives.  Located at 5401 Caroline St.

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft…This museum is dedicated exclusively to contemporary craft.  It features handmade crafts through museum quality exhibitions, educational programs and the Asher gallery.  Located at 4848 Main St.  Free.

Houston Garden Center has garden trails, a rose garden and center headquarters. Located at 1500 Herman Drive.

Houston Museum of Natural Science features space science plus geology, archeology and natural history.  Located at 5555 Herman Park Drive. Points of Interest Include;

  • Burke Baker Planetarium…this planetariu reproduces celestial patters as they would be seen from any poin ton earth or in space.  Also houses numerous scientific exhibits.
  • Cockrell Butterfly Center is a six story glass cone that houses live butterflies flying amid tropical rain forest.  Visitors can stroll within the area to view flowers, medicinal plants, giant trees, a 40 foot waterfall and scores of exoctic butterfiles.
  • Hall of Paleontology… this new hall is packed with prehistoric beasts, showing the predators and prey in action.
  • Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals displays rare mineral specimens and gemstone.  Nearby is the Lester and Sue Smith gem and Mineral vault of rare jewelry.
  • Wortham Giant Screen Theatre features exciting films projected onto a six story tall screen.

Houston Zoo… This zoo is a live animal adventure and an educational and conservation resource  This zoo set in a lush tropical landscape, it is home to more than 4500 exoctic animals  Located at 6200 Hermann Park Drive.  Admission Charge.

Japanese Garden…Designed by Ken Nakajima, world renowned Japanese landscape architect who designed gardens in Montreal, Moscow and Rome  It features Yukimi Stone Lantern, Azumaya (tea house) and waterfalls and winding paths ad lush exoctic plants  Located in Hermann Park.  Admission Charge.

John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science... with its walk through design of human anatomy, the facility provides a chance to understand the body’s inner workings.  Exhibits change throughout the year.  Located at 1515 Hermann Drive.  Admission Charge.

The Menil Collection…An architecturally significant building-designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano houses the John and Dominique de Menil collection of contemporary and surrealistic and 20th century art; antiquities, Byzantine and medieval art and tribal art.  Located at 1515 Sul Ross St.

Museum of Fine Arts…Among the displays are art from Africa, Asia, Mexico, South America, Europe, North America and South Pacific.  The museum also offers Native American Art from the Southwest; Frederic Remington masterpieces and changing exhibits.  Located at 1001 Bissonnet St.  Admission Charge

Cullen Sculpture Garden… displaying fine sculpture outdoors, is across the street from the Museum of Fine Arts.

Rothko Chapel… This interfaith chapel houses canvases of the late Mark Rothko.  Located at 3900 Yupon Street.

Next time you are in Houston be sure to Stop and Visit Houston Museums. There is a museum waiting just for you!

 

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