From space shuttles to Czech delights, Houston is a fantastic city for museum lovers. Whatever your medium of choice, Houston has a great selection of cultural, historical and art museums that will make your visit an educational one.
NASA Space Center
Undeniably Houston’s coolest museum, Houston’s Space Center features over 800 space artifacts and countless exhibits on America’s space program both past and present. The museum is also home to the world’s largest collection of moon rocks and lunar objects—a must for any space enthusiast. Most visitors plan on spending one or two full days enjoying this attraction, so you may want to look into hotels in Houston to make the most of it.
Visiting Info: Space Center Houston, 1601 Nasa Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058. Admission: $23.95 for adults, $18.85 for children ages 4-11.
The Menil Collection
This museum houses one of the largest private art collections in the United States, a collection put together by the museum’s founders John and Dominique de Menil. Some of the most iconic artists in history can be viewed, including Picasso, Matisse, Pollock, and Warhol as well as a large collection of antiquities. Exhibits change frequently, so check out the Menil Collection website to see what’s on during your visit.
Visiting Info: The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006. Admission: Free.
The Heritage Society Museum
If you are interested in learning more about the history of Houston and the surrounding region, the Heritage Society Museum features historic buildings, artifacts, and interactive exhibits. Spread across a ten-acre park, the museum is a great place to spend the day with the kids learning about Texas history and the pioneers who first made Houston home. Guided tours take approximately one hour and fifteen minutes and include fun activities such as churning butter at a traditional General Store.
Visiting Info: Heritage Society Museum, 1100 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002. Admission: Museum is free. Historic House Tours are $15 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-18.
Houston Center for Photography
Opened in 1981, the Houston Center for Photography is dedicated to the art of photography and houses some of the best representations of contemporary photography in America. The center’s gallery is open to the public year-round with no admission charge. In addition to the changing exhibits, there are over 300 photography classes and workshops available throughout the year.
Visiting Info: Houston Center for Photography, 1441 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77006. Admission: Galleries are free.
The Czech Cultural Center
Many visitors to Texas are surprised that the state is home to so many diverse communities, and the Czech community in particular has made a big impact on Texas culture. (You must check out the Czech bakery in West, Texas if you ever pass through!) The Czech Cultural Center allows visitors to delve deeper into the traditions, culture, and language of Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia, and Slovakia and how these cultures have made an impact on the Texas landscape. For current exhibits, check out their website.
Visiting Info: 4920 San Jacinto at Wichita, Houston, TX 77004. Admission: $6 per visitor.
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