The Health Museum
You can take advantage of free Houston Museums by going when there are free admissions on Thursdays. The Houston Museum District offers specific free times for general admission to several museums. Thursdays are a great day to visit the museums for free. Please keep in mind that parking may be limited and you may encounter large crowds, but it's a great way to take it Houston's arts and cultures at no cost.
Free Houston Museums on Thursdays:
1. Children's Museum
- It's free on Thursday from 5-8pm. The Children's Museum of Houston focuses on innovative, child centered learning. Your children are sure to be engaged during their visit to the museum.
2. The Health Museum - It's free on Thursday from 2-7pm. The Health Museum strives to foster curiosity about health, the human body, and medical science. They focus on creating a culture of wonder, imagination, and creativity.
3. The Houston Museum of Natural Science
- The permanent exhibit halls are free on Thursday from 3-6pm. The Houston Museum of Natural Science has goals to enhance your general knowledge of natural science and related subjects. The museum houses the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham Giant Screen Theare, Cockrell Butterfly Center, and a variety of permanent exhibits. They also maintain two satellite facilities including The George Observatory in Fort Bend, and the Houston Museum of Nature Science at Sugar Land.
4. The Museum of Fine Arts - It's free on Thursday from 10am-9pm. The Museum of Fine Arts offers a number of way to get in for free. They offer free general admission on Thursday. Kids also get in free when they are 12 years old or younger, visiting on a Saturday or Sunday, and using a voucher that they received on a school trip.
5. The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum - It's free on Thursday from 1-5pm. This is a great place to visit if you are a history buff, but it's also a fun place to go if you just want to learn something new. Children five and under are always free.
6. The Houston Museum of African American Culture - It's free on Thursday from 6-8pm. The African-American Culture Museum has art exhibits, film screenings, and educational programs. The museum focuses on telling the story of Africans and African Americans in Houston and beyond.
7. The Holocaust Museum - It's free on Thursday from 2-5pm. The Holocaust Museum strives to educate people about the Holocaust. They teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. The permanent exhibition tells the stories of Holocaust survivors living in the Houston area.
Other Free Houston Museum Days:
*The Czech Center Museum Houston is free on the last Monday of the month from 12-4pm. The Center was created to celebrate, promote, and share their culture and history. They offer presentations and programs that appeal to all ethnic backgrounds.
*The Houston Zoo
is free on the first Tuesday of each month from noon to closing. The zoo doesn't offer this special during summer months (June, July, August). The zoo is full of animals such as amphibians, birds, mammals, reptiles, aquatic animals, animal webcams, sea lions, and lots more. The zoo has many exhibits including the African Forest, the Aquarium, birds, carnivores, the children's zoo, hoofed run, elephants, natural encounters, primates, reptiles and sea lions. They also offer many educational programs such as camps, field trips, home school events, etc.
Houston Museums - Always Free:
1. Asia Society Texas Center (excludes the Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery) - They offer a variety of programs in arts and culture, business and policy, and education and outreach. They also provide engaging school tours and summer camps for students.
2. Contemporary Arts Museum - The CAMH focuses on the experience of innovative art. They encourage the public to engage with the exhibitions through its educational programs, publications, and online.
3. Diverse Works (Gallery Space) - They present new and daring art by honoring the artist's vision. They encourage the freedom of expression through art and value it.
4. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft - The HCCC provides a variety of educational programs to teach about the process, product, and history of craft. They offer group tours, workshops, and educator resources.
5. The Jung Center - They provide educational programs taught by Jungian experts focused on psychology, spirituality, education, the humanities, and the arts.
6. Lawndale Art Center - The center develops local contemporary artists and the audience for their art. They present exhibitions, performances, lectures, film screenings, and events.
7. The Menil Collection - Their belief is that the arts are central to the human experience, and they use a set of core values to define their institution. Their art "speaks for themselves" so there are not descriptions on the walls.
8. Rice University Art Gallery - This university art museum is dedicated to site-specific installation art, and the artists typically use inexpensive materials to create their amazing works of art.
9. Rothko Chapel - The chapel is an independent institution, and it's a sacred place to all people every day. The mission of the chapel is to inspire peopel to action through art, to nurture reverence for the highest aspirations of humanity, and to provide a form for global concerns.
Please note that this information is subject to change. I recommend that you check the Houston Museum District website at http://houmuse.com/free-admission-times/ to verify the free dates and times.
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