There is no reason to search far and away for a piece of priceless history, the wonders of science and technology or your favorite art medium as Houston is home to a variety of museums holding exhibits permanently. Indulge in the grandeur and beauty of the landscapes of life captured in paintings, sculptures, sketches, artifacts, videos and other means and devices in full display right in the heart of Houston to showcase a particular theme, field, an era or a story that may be of great interest to you.
NASA Space Center
1601 NASA Parkway
Houston, TX 77058
If exploring the wonders of space and what lies beyond our universe ignites your passion for the unknown, then you should have no problem visiting Houston’s ultra famous space station. NASA has made numerous contributions through research and space explorations that proved vital to the growth and progress of humankind. NASA hosts permanent exhibits for its guests year round. Not to miss is the newly built interactive exhibit at the International Space Station that simulates the literally “out-of-this-world” life of astronauts aboard the space station and their counterpart in the mission control room.
The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
5216 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
If the age-old art of sculpting fascinates you, this museum is a haven for contemporary and visual arts. Displayed permanently within the museum is the “Manila Palm: An Oasis Secret” by artist Mel Chin which is an intriguing piece of outdoor sculpture — a 50-foot creation depicting a palm tree.
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Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
Visited by an average of two million guests every year, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the most popular museums in the United States. The science museum, ultimately geared towards the promotion of science and education, hosts a number of permanent exhibits including Ancient Egypt, Paleontology, African Wildlife, Earth Forum and Texas Wildlife. Ticket prices vary. Admission for members is free.
Holocaust Museum Houston
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004
This museum is the fourth largest memorial museum devoted in educating the public about the evils of prejudice, violence and hatred most significantly exhibited during the Holocaust. Opened in 1996, the museum holds permanent exhibits for its guests that include film footage, photographs and documents to narrate the horrors of the Holocaust and the lives it destroyed or altered, perhaps with irreversible consequences.
M.D. Anderson Library
114 University Libraries
Houston, TX 77004
Narrating the story of the USS Houston (CA-30) launched in 1929, a huge ship named after the city of Houston, the exhibition is on permanent display at the second floor of the M.D. Anderson Library. The exhibit showcases original pieces including photographs and letters obtained from the ship and its crew. The ship and its crew were a significant force during World War II before the fleet sank in 1942.
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