Top Museum Exhibits This Spring In Houston

February 24, 2014 7:00 AM

The upcoming months have a plethora of fabulous museum exhibits coming to our city’s acclaimed museum halls. With something for everyone in the family, from unique historical artifacts to brand new technological art installations, Houston-area residents will definitely want to check out at least one of these great exhibits this spring. Take a day or two during your spring break, or just a few hours on a weekend afternoon, and make sure you don’t miss any of these spectacular exhibitions.

The Magna Carta
Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 639-4629

Date: Through Aug. 17, 2014

Arguably one of the most important documents ever created in the Western world, an original copy of the Magna Carta will be coming to Houston from its home in Hereford Cathedral in England for the first time. Not only was the American Constitution based on many of the points within the Magna Carta, but it also continues to be referenced today as one of the definitive documents of civil liberties and the origin of the protection of many basic human rights. Even today’s Supreme Court has referenced it in matters of trial, law and due process. This is a must-see for anyone who can make their way to HMNS – literally one of the most important documents in human history will be right in our backyard!

Deep in the Heart of Texas Wonderweek
Children’s Museum of Houston
1500 Binz St.
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 522-1138

Date: Feb. 27 – March 5, 2014

Bring your little ones out to the Children’s Museum of Houston and let them learn all about the great state of Texas! Children can learn about the state symbols while making their own bluebonnet (the state flower) or playing a game of memory at EcoStation. Museum attendees will also learn all about the many varied ecosystems in Texas by putting together a map of Texas geography. Get ready to learn a bunch of great Texas facts (Texas is half the size of Alaska, but has 60 times its population) and have a great time with the whole family!

Made for Magazines: Iconic 20th Century Photographs
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Beck Building
5601 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 639-7300

Date: Through May 4, 2014

This exhibition was pulled together entirely from photographs already found within the museum’s extensive collections. It showcases the works of some of the most iconic photographers of the last century. Some featured artists include Annie Leibovitz,  Irving Penn, Edward Steichen, William Wegman, Gordon Parks, and Richard Avedon. These photographs were first seen by millions of Americans in popular magazines like Life, Harper’s Bazaar, Texas Monthly, and Vogue, and they still resonate with audiences today. A must-see for any pop culture buff.

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Dark Light: The Micaceous Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 529-4848

Date: Through May 11, 2014

One of the nation’s most innovative artists in Native American pottery, Christine Nofchissey McHorse is bringing an exhibit of her ceramics artistry to Houston this spring at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Using traditional techniques and materials with a new eye for design, she creates some fantastic sculptural pieces that blur the lines between form and function. The artist harvests her own clay from the riverbeds in New Mexico near her home, bringing a bit of personality to pieces not always seen in traditional exhibits.

Melanie Smith

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
5216 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 284-8250

Date: March 22 – June 15, 2014

Telling the story of an expatriot experience in the Americas, Melanie Smith presents a new film installation at the Contemporary Arts Museum based on her life growing up in Mexico as an Englishwoman. Through three videos “Xilitla: Dismantled 1; Bulto: Fragments” and “Elevator,” she provides different perspectives on the area in which she grew up, encouraging viewers to think about the world in a surreal manner. Melanie Smith is one of Mexico’s most well-known artists today.

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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at