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Houston Museums

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Commonly called "The Museum District," this collection of museums, galleries and cultural centers is the heart of Houston.  The district contains 18 museums, 11 of which are free, most within walking distance of each other. Plan your day around one museum or a combination.

Here is a comprehensive list of museums in The Museum District:

Houston Museum of Natural Science
Recognized as one of the nation's leading natural science museums, it is home to the Burke Baker
Planetarium and Cockrell Butterfly Center.

Houston Zoo
A great place for the whole family with over 4,500 exotic animals representing more than 800 species.

The Weather Museum
Established by the Weather Research Center, the Weather Museum is a place for people of all ages
to learn about the weather, its history and public safety.
Free general admission.

The Children's Museum of Houston
The Children's Museum of Houston is ranked by MSN.com as the No. 1 children's museum in the country.
Free general admission on Thursdays, 5-8pm.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
A contemporary art collection from international, national and  regional artists of the last 40 years.
Free general admission. 

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
This museum chronicles the lives of  African-American soldiers and their accomplishments from the
Revolutionary War to modern times.
Free general admission.

Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum
A rare display of two 13th-century frescoes that belong to the Church of Cyprus, the only intact
Byzantine frescoes in the Western Hemisphere.
Free general admission.

Czech Cultural Center Houston
A cultural destination that celebrates the culture of Bohemia, Moravia, Slovakia and Silesia with
events and exhibitions.

The Health Museum
The most visited health museum in the country features three-dimensional anatomy models and
interactive exhibits.
Free general admission.

Holocaust Museum Houston
An educational museum dedicated to those who perished in the Holocaust.

Members FREE
Children under age 6 FREE
Students age 6-18 FREE
College-level with valid school ID FREE
Seniors age 65+ $8
Active-Duty Military $8
General Admission $12

Holocaust Museum Houston is free each Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on special holidays.

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
A unique collection of crafts at the highest level, highlighting art made of glass, fiber, clay, metal
or wood.
Free general admission.

Houston Center for Photography
This center is focuses on photography as an expressive medium and investigative tool, exhibiting
works by emerging, mid-career and under-recognized artists.
Free general admission.

Jung Center of Houston
A center created to teach self-awareness through an understanding of Carl Jung's analytic psychology.
Free general admission.

Lawndale Art Center
An alternative space for the exhibition of contemporary works in all media.
Free general admission.

The Menil Collection
The Menil Collection includes approximately 15,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings,
photographs and rare books.
Free general admission.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
This museum is one of the largest and most outstanding collections in the country with over
45,000 works.
Free general admission.

Rice University Art Gallery
The only university museum in the country dedicated to installation art.
Free general admission.

Rothko Chapel

The Rothko Chapel functions as a chapel, a museum and a forum--a place where religion,
art and architecture intermingle.
Free general admission.


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