Houston Museum District
Visit World-Class Museums Nearby Hotel Granduca in Houston, Texas
Ranked as the fourth largest city in the United States, Houston is home to a plethora of world-class museums offering everything from fine art to folk art. Must-sees include The Museum of Fine Arts, The Health Museum, The Houston Museum of Natural Science and the San Jacinto Monument and Museum of History.
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Houston Area Museums and Attractions
The Houston Museum of Natural Science
As one of the most heavily attended museums in the United States, and one of the most attended venues in Houston, the Museum houses the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham IMAX® 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. In addition, the museum frequently presents traveling exhibitions on a variety of topics.
The Health Museum
The Health Museum encourages growing interest and regard for healthier lifestyles, fitness and good physical, mental and spiritual health.
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, we teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.
Contemporary Arts Museum
The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is an idea and a place shaped by the present moment. The Museum exemplifies the dynamic relationship between contemporary art and contemporary society through its exhibitions, public and educational programs, and publications.
The museum's diverse holdings represent many world cultures, from prehistoric times to the present day. As it continues to grow, the collection is recognized for its depth and eclecticism.
The Children's Museum of Houston
More than 14 pulsating exhibits make the Children's Museum of Houston one of the top rated in the country. Packed with daily activities and invigorating performances, it’s the place where minds come out to play!
The Rothko Chapel
The Chapel has two vocations: contemplation and action. It is a place alive with religious ceremonies of all faiths, and where the experience and understanding of all traditions are encouraged and made available. Action takes the form of supporting human rights, and thus the Chapel has become a rallying place for all people concerned with peace, freedom, and social justice throughout the world.
The Museum of Fine Arts
Located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, the MFAH is a dynamic cultural complex comprising two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, visitors center, library, café, movie theater, two art schools, two house museums, and two gift shops.
The John C. Freeman Weather Museum
WRC advances the science of weather and the knowledge of the weather's impact on the global community through research, prediction and education in order to inspire America's next generation of scientists and engineers.
Czech Center Museum Houston
The Czech Center Museum is based in Houston and was created to celebrate, share and promote the rich cultural abundance of a major Slavic ethnic group and their history.
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is the only Museum dedicated primarily to preserving the legacy and honor of the African-American soldier, in the United States of America.
Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum
It is an expression of the spirituality that lies at the heart of all de Menil passions and projects. It is also a manifestation of the redemptive power of art: the chapel was expressly built to house thirteenth-century Byzantine frescoes that had been looted from their original home in a small chapel in Lysi, Cyprus.
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is a nonprofit organization founded to advance education about the process, product and history of craft. HCCC's major emphasis is on objects of art made primarily of fiber, metal, glass, clay and wood.
Houston Center for Photography
HCP's mission is to increase society's understanding and appreciation of photography and its evolving role in contemporary culture. HCP 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.
The Houston Zoo provides a fun, unique and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge and care for the natural world.
The Jung Center
Through classes, programs, weekend workshops and community outreach collaborations, the Center provides opportunities for psychological, artistic and intellectual development based on the psychology of Dr. Carl Jung – a psychology that invites us to personal growth and a deepening commitment to the community we share.
Lawndale Art Center
Lawndale Art Center is a non-profit alternative space for the exhibition of contemporary works in all media, unique in its focus on Houston area artists.
Rice University Art Gallery
Rice Gallery presents one kind of art: installation. Five times a year, we invite an artist to create a single work of art that transforms our space. When you walk into Rice Gallery, you enter the art and move through it.
Houston Fire Museum
The Houston Fire Museum was originally Fire Station No. 7, the first fire station built by the Houston Fire Department after it went fully paid in 1895.
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
The heavily wooded 14 acres (5.7 ha) along Buffalo Bayou include eight formal gardens. Three of the gardens are named for a statue of a goddess or muse displayed in the garden, Clio, Diana and Euturpe. The other gardens are named White, East, Butterfly and Carla.