10 Free Must Visit Museums in Houston - Kid 101

10 Free Must Visit Museums in Houston

1.The Menil Collection

Founded by John and Dominique de Menil after a brush with death (narrowly escaping Nazi France in 1941), the Menil Collection stands as a tribute to many of the world’s most enduring cultural and artistic legacies. The Collection houses one of the most significant acquisitions of the twentieth century, featuring pieces from major periods — Antiquity, Medieval and Byzantine, Tribal, and Contemporary, to name a few — that form the vibrant array available to the public free of charge. Few places can accomplish such a level of entertainment while offering an enriching experience that doesn’t break the bank. Explore the collections, plus details about events and planning your visit, online.

Where: 1515 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006

Phone: (713) 525-9400

Email: info@menil.org

Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am — 7 pm. Free admission.

2. Holocaust Museum Houston

The Holocaust Museum of Houston brings history into a new context as a collection site for the stories of Houston-area locals who survived the atrocities. The permanent exhibit “Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers” delves into the chronicles of the people behind the tragedy, illuminating tales of life before the Holocaust; the sudden shift during Nazi rise to power; the betrayals of segregation, imprisonment, and extermination; and — with hope beyond all hope — rescue. The Boniuk Library and Resource Center, Eric Alexander Garden of Hope, and the Holocaust Railcar are just a few of the additional opportunities visitors have to engage with exhibits for a deeper and more contextualized visit. Whether it’s your first visit or your fiftieth, the Holocaust Museum of Houston always has something new to be learned.

Where: Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004

Phone: (713) 942-8000

Email: info@hmh.org

Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, Noon to 5 pm.

Admission: Members, Children (<6), Students (6-18), College (with school ID) always free. Others are free Thursdays (2-5 pm), Memorial Day, D-Day, Kristallnacht, and International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

3. Children’s Museum of Houston

Spend your winter vacation exploring the exciting family events happening now at the Houston Children’s Museum! A longtime community gem, the Museum is a hub for arts, sciences, culture, and serious fun. Check out current exhibitions like “Shocks and Jolts,” an exploration of electricity principles and use through cool interactive games like musical benches, an electromagnetic launcher, and a build-your-own-circuit challenge; or embark on an international adventure at the “Yalàlag: A Mountain Village in México” station. Wherever you end up at the Museum, it’s sure to be fun! If you’d like to bring the adventure home and possibly win some serious cash, check out the website for details on educational contests like the STEM Challenge, where your child can compete to win big prize money for their inventions. Visit the Museum online for more details about competitions and events.

Where: 1500 Binz, Houston, TX 77004

Phone: (713) 522-1138

Email: Director of Education – Cheryl McCallum at cmccallum@cmhouston.org

Hours: Free hours are Thursdays from 5 pm – 8 pm. Note: Children younger than 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. To enter the Museum, your group must include a child.

4. Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

A truly unique staple of American history, the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is the nation’s only museum dedicated to African-American soldiers and is the world’s largest collection of African-American military history. The museum chronicles the tragedies and triumphs of these legendary fighters, nicknamed “Buffalo Soldiers” in 1867 by Cheyenne warriors because of their combat prowess, in exhibits dedicated to the four wars they fought in. Explore the authentic artifacts like genuine weapons (cannonballs, muskets, and rifles from historical battlegrounds) and period technology (everything from farming tools to health and beauty items). The museum also hosts events and lectures, so it’s worthwhile to visit their online calendar and plan your visit.

Where: 3816 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004

Phone: (713) 942-8920

Contact Form: http://www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com/contact-us/

Hours: Free Admission on Thursday, 1:00 pm — 5:00 pm. Children 5 and under are always free.

5. Art Car Museum

Known locally as the ‘Garage Mahal,’ the Art Car Museum is truly as unmistakable as its namesake. Founded in 1998, the museum has spent the last two decades bringing exposure to a little-known movement of artistry in automobiles and features some of the most surprising and exciting vehicular visuals in the country. Cruising around the museum might give you a few ideas of your own! The museum also hosts kids’ workshops where they can build their own mini-art cars, plus art competitions and community events (details are available online). This is one stop you won’t want to miss!

Where: 140 Heights Blvd., Houston, Texas, 77007

Phone: (713) 861-5526

Email: info@artcarmuseum.com

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Admission is always free.

6. Project Row Houses

Looking for a genuinely special art and culture destination that also gives back to the community? Check out Project Row Houses, a non-profit foundation that channels African-American history, art, and culture to invigorate needy communities. Featuring partnerships between local artists, lecturers, filmmakers, and philanthropists, the organization housed in twenty-two refurbished row houses provides a gathering place for art enthusiasts, while also giving refuge to underserved populations. Recent exhibitions include a look into the unknown jazz history of Houston (featured through February), and upcoming events include a Latin jazz concert and Christmas potluck. The organization also supports community activism through children’s and pre-college prep educational programs as well as young mothers’ support. It’s a genuinely special place to reconnect with another dynamic part of Houston’s heritage.

Where: 2521 Holman St., Houston, TX 77004

Phone: (713) 526-7662

Email: info@projectrowhouses.org

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12 pm — 5 pm. Tour hours are Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm and 3 pm.

7. Heritage Society Museum

The Heritage Society, Houston’s only interactive, outdoor historical museum and park, attracts history buffs and casual visitors alike for its famous reenactments, candlelight tours, and an impressive array of historical documentation. The Society offers a real adventure through history, showcasing authentic artifacts from over the centuries. Tour the Duncan General Store, restored to its 1878 glory with genuine merchandise, and check out the 1911 Ford Model T parked in the gallery for your viewing pleasure. Visit the museum online for virtual exhibits, as well as details about seasonal events and programs.

Where: 1100 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77002

Phone: (713) 655-1912

Email: info@heritagesociety.org

Hours: Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Free admission. (Tours operate separately and are by admission only.)

8. Station Museum of Contemporary Art

One of Houston’s most international contemporary art museums, Station is a hub for energizing culture, art, film, and community. With exhibitions showcasing art from Peru, Colombia, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo, and more, the museum comingles political, aesthetic, social, and spiritual perspectives from around the world with local Houston audiences in a decadent display of worldly appeal. The museum prides itself on its devotion to free speech and expression and offers a variety of means to engage visitors in dialogue and reflection, such as through artist showcases, film screenings, and community gatherings. It’s a gem in the city’s bright crown of cultural offerings that you won’t want to miss out on seeing for yourself.

Where: 1502 Alabama Street, Houston, TX 77004

Phone: (713) 529-6900

Contact Form: http://stationmuseum.com/?page_id=550

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday from 11 am — 6 pm.

9. Lawndale Art Center

Where is the one place in Houston you can go for landmark Art Deco architecture, work by more than 500 artists annually, and unforgettable events like Design Fair and Día de los Muertos? The Lawndale Art Center is home to these attractions and more, featuring one of the most significant collections of unrecognized contemporary art in Houston. Exhibitions include street art, hip-hop, and historic imagery installations, including rotating murals blazoned outside on the museum façade. Art is alive and happening daily at the Center, and all ages can interact through educational programs, lectures, tours, and events. Check online for details.

Where: 4912 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002

Phone: (713) 528-5858

Email: askus@lawndaleartcenter.org

Hours: Monday through Friday from 12 am – 5 pm, Saturday from 12 pm – 5 pm, and closed Sunday.

10. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Any crafts connoisseur will swoon over the collections at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Home to the CraftTexas 2016 exhibition, which showcases the talent of 38 artists in sculpture, jewelry, installation, and cut paper, the museum also offers a variety of children’s programs. The first Saturday of each month is the “Hands-On Houston” workshop, a free craft-making activity based on current exhibitions and hosted by local artists and guilds. Kids can also register for summer and after-school arts programs that give them the chance to work with clay, glass, metal, wood, and more. There’s a lot to be inspired by at the Center for Contemporary Craft, so be sure to visit.

Where: 4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Phone: (713) 529-4848

Contact Form: https://www.crafthouston.org/about/contact-us/

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.


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