Houston’s famous Museum District is home to some of the most fascinating and exciting exhibits in the country, and new option come through town constantly. From prehistoric skeletons to modern furniture and everything in between, this fall’s exhibits are sure to serve up something for everyone. Don’t miss out on these fantastic exhibits while they’re here, many of them travel and won’t stay in Houston for long.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
Price: $10 for children/$15 for adults/free on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The length of a football field, this expansion of the current museum’s Paleontology exhibit opened in the Summer of 2012 and is filled with many of the specimens HMNS curators and scientists loved behind the scenes, but did not have room to display. With the new and bigger building, Houstonians may now enjoy these items themselves, including more than 30 complete dinosaur skeletons. New additions to the exhibit also include a dinosaur bone and patch of fossilized skin guests are encouraged to touch to learn more about the feel of these prehistoric animals. The expansion also doubled the classroom space in the museum, allowing for many more educational programs to take place with and around the newest skeleton members of the HMNS family.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Houston, TX 77005
Price: $5 for children/$10 for adults/online purchases receive $1 discount/free on Thursdays
If you’ve ever wondered where IKEA gets all of its design ideas, come to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and gaze upon more than 50 years of Scandanavian design in furniture, decorative pieces and sculpture. Characterized by clean lines and minimalism, the collection began in 1954 with the museum’s first acquisition of a piece of Finnish glass, and continues to grow constantly. Admission to this exhibit is included in general museum admission.
Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston
5216 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
A thought-provoking exhibit, these half-animal, half-human stylized sculptures are rooted in Jane Alexander’s South African experience and speak of the nebulous boundary between the primal animal instinct and what makes humans human. Her pieces encourage reflective thought and leave visitors with haunting images for days to come as they compare the difference between the desire for peace and human propensity for violence.
The Health Museum
1515 Hermann Drive
Houston, TX 77004
Price: $6 for children/$8 for adults/free on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Just in time for Halloween, it’s a whole gallery of skeletons, and local Houstonians may get in on the action, too. This annual exhibit is filled by creative locals who craft their own papier-mache skeletons for display. All skeletons will be displayed from Oct. 8 until Nov. 11, and admission to the exhibit is included in general museum admission.
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Holocaust Museum of Houston
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004
This exhibition of still-life images by Boston-area artist and photographer Leslie Starobin is composed of artifacts and personal belongings of Holocaust survivors. The exhibit follows the stories of six families through one of the largest executions of genocide in recent history. Admission to the exhibit, and the remainder of the museum, is always free to the public.
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