Your Guide to Houston’s Best Museums
Houston’s Museums are a must-see destination for both locals and out-of-towners alike. Between art, science, and animal history, there are plenty of museums offering exhibits to suit all tastes. Whether it’s simply a Sunday afternoon or a weeknight adventure, we know you’ll enjoy these artistic havens any day of the week.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science – A city favorite, this museum houses everything from preserved wildlife and dinosaur bones to the Butterfly Center, a real-life rainforest home to hundreds of butterflies that you can actually walk through! Bug-lovers will appreciate the Insect Zoo, but there are many more exhibits to see; such as chemistry, fossils, and an IMAX theater.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – Established in the 1920’s, Houston’s first art museum may also be its largest, with over 40,000 pieces of art and 300,000 square feet of exhibits. Today, it stands as one of the country’s most renowned art museums. You won’t want to miss the impressionist collections, as well as a number of Picasso’s known works. Be sure to enjoy the 18 acres of gardens during your visit!
Children’s Museum of Houston – This museum specializes in hands-on interactive and bilingual exhibits for kids. Older kids can explore science while younger tots practice their motor skills in the pillow pit. Hint: families get in for free on Thursday nights from 5-8pm.
The Menil Collection – French couple Jean and Dominique de Menil came to Houston in the 1940’s, subsequently transforming the city’s art scene by making their private collection a public one and turning their museum into an large artistic campus. Visit The Menil for fine art, ranging from the medieval times to 20th century pieces.