MUSEUMS Art Car Museum This private institution is dedicated to contemporary art by local, national, and international artists, especially those rarely acknowledged by other cultural institutions. The museum focuses on art cars and other fine arts and seeks to encourage public awareness of cultural, political, economic, and personal dimensions of art. 140 Heights Blvd. (The Heights) 713.861.5526
science, and the human body.
Visitors can stroll among 10 historic structures built between 1823 and 1905 at this museum complex nestled in 10 acres of beautiful green parkland in the heart of downtown Houston. At its home at Sam Houston Park, the museum collects, preserves, exhibits, and celebrates the diverse history of the Houston region.
Children’s Museum of Houston
Holocaust Museum Houston Charged with educating students and the public about the dangers of prejudice and hatred in society, this institution opened its doors in March 1996. Since that time, impassioned notes, poems, artwork, and other gifts from schoolchildren and adults alike attest to the life-changing thoughts generated by just one visit to this unique facility.
1500 Binz St. (Museum District) 713.522.1138 cmhouston.org
Contemporary Arts Museum This non-collecting institution is dedicated to presenting the best and most exciting international, national, and regional art. Through dynamic exhibitions enhanced by scholarly publications and accessible educational programs, CAM reaches out to local, regional, national, and international audiences of various ages. 5216 Montrose Blvd. (Museum District) 713.284.8250 camh.org
The Health Museum A member institution of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, this museum is Houston’s most interactive science learning center. Located in the heart of the city’s rich, varied Museum District, the museum seeks to foster wonder and curiosity about health, medical
Heritage Society Museum
1100 Bagby St. (Fourth Ward) 713.655.1912
5401 Caroline St. (Museum District) 713.942.8000 hmh.org
The Houston Museum of Natural Science Founded in 1909, this museum is one of the most heavily attended in the United States. The site houses the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham GIANT Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, and a fascinating variety of permanent exhibit areas that examine astronomy, space science, Native American culture, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, seashells, Texas wildlife, and much more.
PERFORMANCE VENUES Alley Theatre
Located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, this dynamic cultural complex is comprised of two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, library, café, movie theater, two art schools, two beautiful nearby house museums, and two gift shops. Visitors enjoy an ever-changing schedule of world-class exhibitions and exciting programs. 1001 Bissonnet St. (Museum District) 713.639.7300 mfah.org
Through historical research and education, this organization seeks to provide greater appreciation of Texas citizens who served their country in defense of liberty. Its members are recognized professionals who hold national standing for authentic restoration, and their efforts are displayed in historically accurate exhibits of military artifacts from all branches of service.
615 Texas Ave. (Downtown) 713.220.5700 alleytheatre.org
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
Located in the heart of downtown Houston, the center stands as the premier entertainment complex in the Houston Theater District. Two acoustically distinguished theaters, an impressive grand lobby, and a contemporary American cuisine restaurant create a first-class setting.
Space Center Houston
800 Bagby St. (Downtown) 713.315.2400
8611 Wallisville Road (Pleasantville) 713.673.1234
Houston Grand Opera – Wortham Center
The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross St. (Montrose) 713.525.9400
Founded more than 60 years ago, the organization provides audiences with quality theater through a broad variety of performances, including classics, new plays, rediscovered and rarely performed works, and musical theater, with emphasis on new American works. The Alley strives to be both inspirational and provocative as it motivates audiences to think, feel, and dream as they are entertained.
National United States Armed Forces Museum
5555 Hermann Park Drive (Museum District) 713.639.4629
The museum houses the private art collection of its founders John and Dominique de Menil that includes approximately 17,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, and rare books. The collection contains works by Max Ernst, Man Ray, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and more. Award-winning Italian architect Renzo Piano designed the building, his first in the U.S.
inspire and amaze as they tell the story of NASA’s manned space-flight program. 1601 NASA Parkway (Clear Lake) 281.244.2100
This outstanding children’s museum was founded in 1980 by a group of Houston parents who hoped to elevate early childhood development to a community-wide priority. Serving more than 850,000 people annually, the institution focuses on bilingual (Spanish/English) learning programs for kids ages birth to 12 years and workshops in literacy, science, math, health, engineering, civic engagement, culture, and social studies.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1515 Hermann Drive (Museum District) 713.521.1515
Here, visitors experience the amazing story of space exploration, from its dramatic history and exciting present to the compelling future. Space Center Houston is the only place on earth that gives guests an out-of-this-world journey through human adventures into space. The Center’s unparalleled exhibits, attractions, special presentations, and hands-on activities
Since its inception in 1955, the city’s leading opera house has grown from a small, regional performing company into an internationally renowned organization. HGO enjoys a reputation for commissioning and producing new works, including 47 world premieres and six American premieres since 1973. 500 Texas Ave. (Downtown) 832.487.7000 houstongrandopera.org houstonfirsttheatres.com/wortham-center
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