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Museum District

 


THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON

The museum is dedicated to transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning. It encourages children ages two to 12 to engage in hands-on exhibitions in the areas of science and technology, history and culture, health and human development, and the arts. Admission is free for children under 2. 1500 Binz, (713) 522-1138 / www.cmhouston.org

 

 

CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM

This non-collecting museum houses changing exhibits of new-direction art and modern-day masters. Shows are exhilarating, often radical. 5216 Montrose at Bissonnet / (713) 526-3129 /
www.camh.org

HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON

The museum maintains a permanent exhibition, Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers, and Voices, a 35-minute film of testimony by Holocaust survivors. Other works by Holocaust survivors are featured, and local and national artists have special exhibitions. 5401 Caroline / (713) 942-8000 / www.hmh.org

THE HOUSTON CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

This museum’s mission is to increase society’s understanding and appreciation of photography and its evolving role in contemporary culture. The center 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. 1441 W. Alabama / (713) 529-4755 / www.hcponline.org

THE MENIL COLLECTION

Visit the internationally renowned Menil Collection, a museum that exhibits – free of charge – the private art collection of the late Dominique de Menil, heiress to a vast oil services equipment fortune. The eclectic art which includes Byzantine and medieval works, as well as paintings by 20th-century masters Rene Magritte, Pablo Picasso and Jasper John, is showcased in a building designed by noted Italian architect Renzo Piano. Wander the 30-acre campus and explore the main structure’s satellites, such as the stark, ecumenical Rothko Chapel, where 14 of the painter’s abstract works are displayed. 1515 Sul Ross St. / (713) 525-9400 / www.menil.org

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON (MFA)

The museum displays a world of art spanning 5,000 years in two gallery buildings. The elegant Audrey Jones Beck Building brings new light to Old Masters, while the Caroline Wiess Law Building dedicates its expansive galleries to modern and contemporary art. Both buildings showcase outstanding traveling exhibitions. MFA offers a full calendar of major exhibitions, book store, gift shop, library, and the popular museum cafe. 1001 Bissonnet at Main / (713) 639-7300 / www.mfah.org

THE MUSEUM OF HEALTH & MEDICAL SCIENCE

The museum is one of only three medically-focused museums in the country. A tour begins in the
Jim Hickox Amazing Body Pavilion for a voyage through a Texas-sized human body that includes giant models of human organs, and dozens of hands-on exhibits and science stations. Visitors of all ages explore how each system of the body works while learning how to stay healthy. 1515 Hermann Dr. / (713) 521-1515 / www.mhms.org

HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE

Founded in 1909, the museum is the nation’s 4th most highly attended museum, with an annual attendance of over two million visitors. The museum is a five-part complex housing the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham IMAX Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, and three floors of natural science halls and exhibits. Over a dozen permanent exhibit areas cover astronomy, space science, Native Americans, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, seashells, and Texas wildlife. (713) 639-IMAX / www.hmns.org