List of Top Museums in Houston – Free and Paid

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Houston is a city known for its numerous museums, so much so that it has a Museum District! (Quick trivia: There is one in Berlin too and I can vouch for it any day). One of the best museums of the country are just at a walking distance.

Houston Skyline, Drone Shot

Houston Skyline, Drone Shot

The top museums in the area include Museum of Natural Sciences, Children’s Museum, Fine Arts Museum, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Holocaust Museum and so on. One of the best things about the museum District is that several of them don’t even have the entrance fee! Apart from these regular museum the city also boasts of some non-traditional, off-beat museums.

If you or your child is passionate about space (I know I am!), or space travel related, then look no further than the city of Houston. Check out the Space Center Houston where you can walk through a real life replica of Skylab which was America’s first space station. Many of the NASA’s past and upcoming missions are presented here in details. Specially, have a detail look at the Mars mission, you will be amazed.

You can also visit the Johnson Space Center along with your family. Take the Tram tours to see the big facility of the famous Johnson Space Center. This includes Rocket Park where old rockets are put in display, including missions that NASA used back in 1960s-70s. If you have longer time consider taking the Level 9 Tour, or the 4.5 hour long VIP tour.

Museum of Fine Arts, Huston

Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston, United States

Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston, United States

The Museum of Fine Arts is a true gem for all Arts aficionados. The museum is one of the largest in the whole country, containing a vast collection of art pieces from across the whole world! This includes collection from North American, European, East Asia over the period of 1000 years old. The complex consists of two big buildings – Audrey Jones Beck Building and Caroline Wiess Law Building, where most of the collections are housed.

The highlights of the museum are the art pieces from the Italian Renaissance and French Impressionists. You will also love the decorative arts from American and European artists, carved furniture, and the fine sculptures from the Greeks. I will advise you to reserve at least half a day for the Fine Arts museum. There are several options of Audio tours that one can go for more immersive experience, you can also take part in the guided tours run by the museum staff.

 

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Tyrannosaurus Rex Specimen, Houston Museum Of Natural Science

Tyrannosaurus Rex Specimen, Houston Museum Of Natural Science

Houston Museum of Natural Science also known as The Hermann Park remains one of the most visited museum of the city. The museum consists of a sprawling complex which covers almost every timeline of earth’s natural evolution starting from the era of dinosaurs and going up to the space age.

The highlight, in my opinion, is the Hall of Paleontology, which presents the skeletons of dinosaurs dug up throughout the country. There are also fossils of other extinct species on display. The other interesting exhibit is the Egyptian where you can several ancient artifacts from Egypt. For families with youngsters, go see the planetarium and the butterfly center.

You can also take a guided tour for a additional fee, which I think is always worth it to understand the exhibits better.

 

The Menil Collection

The Menil Collection

The Menil Collection

The Menil Collection is a free museum, consisting of the artifacts donated by its founder Dominique de Menil. The collections of the museum varies from old antiquities to modern art. These items are put together into different themes, and there are rooms dedicated to such themes including old ones such as – Renaissance paintings, Byzantine art, and more modern ones including Surrealism and Contemporary.

The highlight of museum is however, the Max Ernst collection, which is considered the largest such collection in the world.

The Menil’s complex has a total of seven buildings and several parks surrounding them. The beautiful main building was designed by the master architect Renzo Piano. He is also known for designing Whitney – New York.

Just next to the main building is the beautiful Rothko Chapel, which I think is worth a look. Go visit the chapel inside, and see the magnificent murals done by the artist Mark Rothko.

 

The Children’s Museum of Houston

The Children’s Museum of Houston is most fun museum to visit in Houston. If you have young kids in your family, this is absolute must visit museum in Houston.

Interestingly, the museum was established by a bunch of parents in the year 1980. The exhibits include every that will a child’s curiosity. The exhibits span across the themes of history, science, technology, culture, human development. One of the best thing is that the exhibits keep rotating, so you can easily come back and have a different experience.

If you are short on time, I will suggest go for the highlight which includes FlowWorks wet zone and the robot building.

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