Houston, Texas is home to some of the best museums in the country. Whether you’re into cars, history, or art, there’s something for everyone.
And there are a lot to choose from. Within the Houston city limits, there are dozens of museums to visit!
Below, we’ll discuss five of Houston’s best museums. Take some time to visit them during your trip. You’ll have a blast!
1. The Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts (MSFA) opened in the 1920s. Today, it is one of the most impressive institutions in Houston.
In the Museum’s main building, you can explore countless artworks from all around the world. There’s furniture, metal works, pottery, and more.
But there are also two other buildings: Rienzi and Bayou Bend. Rienzi houses European art, while Bayou Bend is focused on American paintings and decorative arts.
With so much art to discover, it’s impossible to get bored. You’re going to love browsing the house museums, campus, and gardens.
While you explore the 50,000-piece collection at MSFA (there’s no way to see it all in a day!), take a guided tour. This will give you some insight into the historical pieces, and you’ll learn about the artists whose work sits in the collection.
If you get the chance, stroll through Bayou Bend’s stunning garden. It’s one of the most beautiful locations in the entire city.
2. Children’s Museum of Houston
Kids love the Children’s Museum of Houston!
The Museum’s attractions include the Challenge Course, PowerPlay, S.E.C.R.E.T Agent Game, and more. It’s impossible for a child to get bored!
And don’t get us started on the incredible Kidtropolis! It is a child-sized city with skyscrapers, a city government, banking system, and even an ATM.
You can even have birthday parties and try out the tasty cafe while you’re there.
For children under 3-years-old, the museum has an exhibit called TotSpot. There, young children will have a blast playing in pint-sized structures with lots of toys!
The Museum’s interactive exhibits are fun for the whole family. Children have an endless array of activities to enjoy!
3. Holocaust Museum Houston
Go back in time and wander through the permanent exhibitions at the Holocaust Museum Houston.
This museum has several films that showcase survivors living in the Houston area. They tell us about their lives and talk about their experiences during this dark period.
It also has exhibitions of photographs and archival footage. These documents give us a glimpse into what it was like to live through such horrific events.
If you go, make sure to check out the Boniuk Library. It has more than 5,000 books related to this period. Within the library, there are also historical artifacts, photos, and films.
Tours are open to school groups. However, due to the solemn content of the exhibits, all groups must be in sixth grade or higher.
4. Cockrell Butterfly Center
If you’re a fan of nature, head to the Cockrell Butterfly Center. Located next to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Center is home to thousands of butterflies. Marveling at these beautiful creatures is quite the experience!
Exploring the Center is enjoyable on its own. But you can also participate in interactive quizzes and games while you’re there.
While exploring this magical museum, check out the exotic plants. There’s also an impressive 50-foot waterfall!
Consider visiting Houston during the winter. Why? Because the Cockrell Center celebrates the holidays in style, and you don’t want to miss it.
During the holidays, you can see hundreds of white tropical butterflies. They look like snow-covered flowers. How magical!
5. Art Car Museum
If you’re a fan of art and cars, then you’ll appreciate the Art Car Museum. This museum exhibits both contemporary art and quirky cars from around the world.
You’ll be in awe when you see all of the vintage, modern, and decorated cars in this creative museum. There are even a few cars bedazzled with thousands of jewels!
Don’t miss out on this fun and unique museum. Regardless of whether you’re into cars or not, the Art Car Museum is a great place for anyone to visit.
And don’t worry about the cost of admission … it’s always free! You can have fun while saving money, and who doesn’t want to do that?
After reading about these fun and educational museums, which ones will you visit?
If you want to knock out several at once, head to The Museum District. This neighborhood has 18 museums within a mile and a half radius!
Here are a few other museums that we didn’t mention:
- The Houston Museum of Natural Science
- Lone Star Flight Museum
- National Museum of Funeral History (yes, you read that correctly!)
- Art lovers will enjoy The Menil and The Rothko Chapel
As you can see, there’s an endless amount of museums you can tour and enjoy!
We recommend making a list of the top five or ten you want to visit. That way, you won’t miss out on anything!
Enjoy touring all these impressive museums in Houston. You’ll be knowledgeable in many subjects by the time you’re through.
Not to mention, you’ll also be in good shape from all the walking!
Lisa Gotte is the Business Manager at Broadstone Barker Cypress. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, she begins and ends each day loving what she does. She finds joy in helping others and making this property a great place to call home.