The Houston Museum District is one of the biggest conglomerations of museums in the world. Very few other cities have so many museums located in such a close proximity to each other. You have the large and more popular ones such as the Museum of Natural Science and the Museum of Fine Arts, and then some of the smaller less frequented ones such as the Menil Collection and the Buffalo Soldiers Museum. There is the Children's Museum for the kids, and the Holocaust Museum reflecting on the genocide of WWII. Other museums include the Contemporary Arts Museum, and the Museum of Health and Medical Science, quite appropriate with one of the world's largest medical centers just a stone's throw away. Whatever you are looking for, it's a good bet that the museum district will have something for you. And most of the museums are open 7 days a week.
TIP - many of the museums offer free general admission on Thursdays, such as the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Menil Collection, which itself is actually free everyday. Great day to check some of them out, and at an unbeatable price, free!!!
Houston's Museum District has been called one of the top three centers of cultural activity in the country. It is a definite must-see if you ever visit Houston. For example, only three cities in the country rank ahead of Houston in terms of volume of fine arts museum space.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) is one of the most visited and most respected science museums in the country. It offers some good permanent exhibits in fossils, but the real attraction is the great selection of traveling exhibits that come through the museum. From the jewels of Russia to artifacts from the Titanic, there is usually something to see. Many of the traveling exhibits that have come through HMNS have only gone to two or three additional cities in the country.
The Museum of Fine Arts (MFAH) is Texas' first municipal art museum. The recent addition of the Beck Building is a work of art within itself and also made the museum one of the largest art museums in the country.
The Menil Collection is one of the larger private collections in the country at approximately 15,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, and rare books. It it also considered one of the better private collections.
There is also the Contemporary Arts Museum, which is free admission.
The Holocaust Museum is a good history lesson. It has a library and several galleries of Holocaust-related subjects, and a permanent tour that takes visitors through the origination of Judaism and life before World War II, to the rise of the Nazi Party and the Holocaust, to the aftermath of the Final Solution. The museum plays host to some great traveling exhibits as well.
These are only a few of the museums in Houston.