Things to do – 100+ Museums In & Near Houston

Posted on Jul 18 2016 - 10:21pm by Beth

Things to do in Houston

We know that our city is full of museums.  Children and adults benefit from every type of museum.  They provide memorable experiences, learning opportunities, chances to use your imagination, introductions to unknown topics, and quality time with others.  Museums expose children to new things while teaching them at the same time.  A child's creativity and creative thinking are peaked in a museum.

Houston Museums

The Houston Museum District alone is associated with 20 museums, galleries, cultural centers, and community organizations.  The Houston Museum District promotes art, science, history and culture.  In addition to the museum district, we have museums, galleries, and cultural centers all over town.   Things to do Museums Houston  

Houston Museums:

American Cowboy Museum Area:  Houston Hobby Airport Preserve Western heritage Archway Gallery Area:  Houston Exhibits local artists Art Car Museum Area: Houston Contemporary art emphasizing cars Art Museum & Galleries Houston - HBU Campus Art that supports the University family Asia Society Texas Center Houston - Museum District Engages the diversity of Houston through programs and events Always free Blaffer Art Museum Houston - U of H Campus Exhibits national and international works and works by students Buffalo Soldiers National Museum Houston - Museum District Preserves the history of African American soldiers Free on Thursdays from 1-5pm Children's Museum of Houston Houston - Museum District Hands-on learning activities for children Free on Thursdays from 5-8pm Read my post about the Children's Museum of Houston  Conrad Hilton Archives Houston - U of H Campus Hospitality industry archives Contemporary Arts Museum Houston Houston - Museum District Presents contemporary art Always free Czech Center Museum Houston Houston - Museum District Promotes the culture of the Slavic ethnic group and history Free on the last Monday of each month from 12-4pm Read my post about the Czech Center Museum David Adickes Studio Area:  Houston Known for large statues Diverse Works Houston - Museum District Gallery Space Always free Galerie Spectra Houston - Memorial City Mall Art gallery Hanh Gallery Area:  Houston Oil on canvas art Hanson Gallery Fine Art Houston Collection of artists Holocaust Museums Houston Houston - Museum District 4th largest Holocaust memorial in the US Free on Thursdays from 2-5pm Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Houston - Museum District Teaches the process, product, and history of craft Always free Read my post about the free crafts at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft  Houston Center for Photography Houston - Museum District Promotes the study of photography and photography as an art form Always free Houston Museum of African American Culture Houston - Museum District Art exhibits, film screenings, and educational programs Free on Thursdays from 6-8pm Houston Museum of Natural Science Houston - Museum District Science museum with tons of exhibits Free on Thursdays from 3-6pm Read my post about the Houston Museum of Natural Science HMNS - Burke Baker Planetarium Houston Astronomical programs, shows, etc. HMNS - Cockrell Butterfly Center Houston Living butterfly habitat and artifacts Read my post about the Cockrell Butterfly Center Houston Bicycle Museum Houston Antique and classic bikes and memorabilia Houston Institute for Culture Houston Culture arts and activities Houston Maritime Museum Houston Maritime history and industry Houston Police Museum Houston Displays and a memorial wall honoring officers Always free Read my post about the Houston Police Museum  Houston Zoo Houston - Museum District Free on the 1st Tuesday of the month from September to May (12pm to closing) Read my post about the free afternoons at the Houston Zoo  Lawndale Art Center Houston - Museum District Contemporary art center Always free MFAH - Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens Houston Decorative art, paintings, furniture, etc. MFAH - Glassell Studio School Art Houston Offer courses in art history and studio art MFAH - Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden Houston 20th & 21st century sculptures MFAH - Rienzi Houston 1950's mansion turned into an art gallery National Museum of Funeral History Houston Artifacts that preserve the heritage of death care Off the Wall Gallery Houston Paintings, sculptures, and prints from global artists Orange Show Center for Visionary Art Houston A house covered in common building materials and recycled junk Peter Lik Gallery Houston Fine art photography Project Row Houses Houston Art in the form of neighborhood revitalization Railroad Museum of Gulf Coast Houston Currently closed Rice University Art Gallery Houston - Museum District Art from global artists Always free Rothko Chapel Houston - Museum District Non-denominational chapel & major work of modern art Always free Russian Cultural Center "Our Texas" Houston Russian cultural awareness in Texas Silver Street Studios Houston Arts and event complex Southern Apache Museum Houston - Northwest Mall Preserves Native American traditions Southwest Alternative Media Project Houston - Northwest Mall Promotes the creation and appreciation of film and new media as art forms Space Center Houston Houston Gateway to NASA Johnson Space Center Station Museum of Contemporary Art Houston Fine arts that reflect cultures Always free The 1940 Air Terminal Museum Houston Hobby Airport Aviation museum The Aniquarium - Antique Print & Map Gallery Houston Center at River Oaks Antique prints The Beer Can House Houston Folk art house covered with beer cans, bottles, and other beer paraphernalia The Fire Museum of Houston Houston - Midtown Interactive exhibits with firefighting paraphernalia Read my post about The Fire Museum of Houston  The Health Museum Houston - Museum District Interactive science learning center Free on Thursdays from 2-5pm The Heritage Society Houston Guided tours of the 19th century structures & exhibits of the city's history The Jung Center Houston - Museum District Covers a range of psychological, artistic and spiritual topics Always free The Menil Collection Houston - Museum District Houses and exhibits with private art collections Always free The Menil Collection - Cy Twombly Gallery Houston Collection of his works of art The Menil Collection - Dan Flavin Installation at Richmond Hall Houston Minimalist sculptor The Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Museum District One of the largest museums in the country Free on Thursdays from 10am to 9pm Read my post about the Museum of Fine Arts Houston  The Printing Museum Houston History of printing, guided tours Read my post about The Printing Museum of Houston  

The Greater Houston Area:

Baytown Historical Museum Baytown History of Baytown Hannah Bacol Busch Gallery Bellaire Contemporary fine art and photography Telephone History Exhibit Bellaire Tour the collection of telephones, switchboards, and memorabilia Heritage Museum of Montgomery County Conroe Collection of the county's roots Affaire d'Art Galveston Fine art gallery G. Lee Gallery Galveston Acrylic and watercolor paintings Galveston Arts Center Galveston Contemporary art exhibits Always free Galveston Children's Museum Galveston Hands on children's activities Galveston County Historical Museum Galveston Currently Closed - being rebuilt since Hurricane Ike Galveston Railroad Museum Galveston History of the railroad, trains, etc. Lone Star Flight Museum Galveston Aerospace museum MiArt Gallery Galveston Victorian home with oil paintings by the owner Moody Mansion Galveston 31 room Romanesque mansion Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum Galveston Dedicated to the offshore oil and gas industry Pecks Art Gallery Galveston Contemporary fine art gallery Pirates!  Legend of the Gulf Coast Galveston Legends, myths and stories about pirates Seawolf Park Galveston Memorial to the USS Seawolf submarine Texas Seaport Museum Galveston Learn about sea commerce and immigration The Bryan Museum Galveston Treasures from Native American cultural artifacts The Proletariat Gallery & Public House Galveston Collaborative exhibition and hangout space Humble Museum Humble Preserves the history of Humble Sam Houston Memorial Houston Huntsville Life and times of General Sam Houston Commemorative Air Force Museum (Houston Wing) Katy World War II aircrafts and memorabilia Free tours on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month Grace Armantrout Museum Katy Live Oak County artifacts Houston Masonic Library & Museum Foundation Katy Preserving the work of freemasonry Katy Heritage Museum Katy Historic structures of Katy Heritage Park Katy Heritage Society Katy Historic resources of Katy Katy Veterans Memorial Museum Katy Known as the G.I. Joe Museum Vintage farming equipment and artifacts KCAM Contemporary Art Museum Fort Bend Katy Fine contemporary art MKT Railroad Museum Katy Features depot and caboose Waller County Historical Museum Katy Dedicated to preserve the county's history San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site La Porte Monument and Museum of History Lake Jackson Historical Museum Lake Jackson History of Lake Jackson Butler Longhorn Museum League City Texas Longhorn cattle, western art & artifacts Pasadena Historical Museum Padadena History of Pasadena Fort Bend County Museum Richmond Learn about the history of Fort Bend George Ranch Historical Park Richmond History of a Texas family with historic homes, costumed interpreters, and livestock Rosenberg Railroad Museum Rosenberg Artifacts from the local area Bay Area Museum Seabrook Homes, treasures, NASA memorabilia, etc. Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts Spring Worldwide works of art Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center Sugar Land Children's museum with learning centers and interactive exhibits The Woodland's Children's Museum The Woodlands Interactive exhibits and imaginative play Tomball Museum Center Tomball History of Tomball  

Road Trips in Texas:

The Grace Museum Abilene 5 rotating art galleries Blue Bell Creamery Brenham Tour the production facilities Tours are currently cancelled. Brazos Valley Museum of National History Bryan Science, nature, cultural history museum The Children's Museum of Brazos Valley Bryan Hands-on educational experiences Texas Cotton Gin Museum Burton Learn about cotton and the cotton industry George Bush Presidential Library College Station Presidential library of George H.W. Bush Texas Civil War Museum Fort Worth Civil war collection, Victorian dress collection, and United daughters of the Confederacy Texas Confederate collection Stark Cultural Venues Orange Collection of paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts Museum for East Texas Culture Palestine Railroad memorabilia Museum of Gulf Coast Port Arthur Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast history Brookshire's World of Wildlife Museum & County Store Tyler Life-size replicas of animals