Best Houston Museums

The who, what, where, when and how of the ten best Houston museums

Houston’s famed Museum District is a gathering of museums and arts and culture centers. It is committed to providing Houstonians with an opportunity to experience some of the world’s most unique exhibit. Here you'll find all of the information you need to plan a trip to one of Houston's 10 best museums.

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    Miller Outdoor Theater

    Adam Baker/Flickr 

    Before you set out planning your trip to one of Houston's best museums, you'll need some background information on the Museum District itself.

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    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    Robyn Correll

    Located across from the idyllic Hermann Park and Miller Outdoor Theater, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the nation's most highly visited museums. Visitors can explore outer space, meet face-to-face with the world's oldest creatures, and discover the world's rarest minerals.

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    Museum of Fine Arts Houston

    Museum of Fine Arts Houston
    Chanel Wheeler/Flickr

    Located in the heart of Houston's Museum District, the Museum of Fine Arts is a cultural facility comprised of two museum buildings, two art schools, two decorative art centers and a sculpture garden.

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    Holocaust Museum Houston

    Houston Holocaust Musem
    Ed Schipul/Flickr

    Opened in 1996, the Holocaust Museum Houston aims to educate the public about the Holocaust and other genocides in an effort to teach the dangers of prejudice and apathy. Guided tours are available for all visitors on Saturdays and Sundays.

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    Children's Museum of Houston

    Children's Museum of Houston
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    The 90,000 square foot Children's Museum of Houston provides hands-on, educational fun for children from birth to age 12. Expect to spend hours perusing the venue's many permanent interactive activities as well as special events.

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    The Health Museum

    The Houston Health Museum
    Robyn Correll

    A member institution of the Texas Medical Center, The Health Museum provides an in-depth look, interactive look at the human body.

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    Space Center Houston

    Saturn V block at the Johnson Space Center
    Paul Hudson/Flickr

    Visit Space Center Houston for a dramatic experience of the mystery that is outer space. Witness real-life astronauts in training, feel the weight of a moon rock or land a virtual rocket at this state-of-the-art educational institution.

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    Art Car Museum

    Art Car Museum
    A Yee/Flickr

    Commonly referred to as the "Garage Mahal", the Art Car Museum was founded in 1998 and has since become a Houston staple. Owner Ann Harithas is dedicated to promoting undiscovered artists and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the many facets of fine art.

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    San Jacinto Monument and Museum of History
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    Chartered in 1938, the purpose of the San Jacinto Museum is to "preserve and revisualize the history of early Texas". The museum's collections cover over four centuries of history with an emphasis on colonial Texas as a part of Mexico.

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    Houston Fire Museum
    Jim Porter/Flickr

    The Houston Fire Museum was originally Fire Station No. 7, the very fist station built under the Houston Fire Department as a fully paid entity.

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    Listing of all Houston Museums

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    Space Center Houston

    Was there a museum that you were hoping to visit that wasn't on the list above? You'll find it here, on this gathering of the names, addresses, phone numbers and websites of all of the museums in Houston.