Top Museum Tours In Houston

August 18, 2014 7:00 AM

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Houston’s museum district is rated by TripAdvisor to be one of the top 10 things to do in Houston, Texas. But the top museum tours in Houston are just like the city itself, diverse, and while some are located in the hub of the city, there is also more to explore in the greater metropolitan area.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
HoustonTX 77005
(713) 639-7300
www.mfah.org

The Museum of Fine Arts campus includes two gallery buildings, a visitors center, a sculpture garden, a cafe and a movie theater. It has a selection of art and films as well as community event days which will please everyone from from the smallest to the oldest visitor. One of the best tours is the Gallery Talk and Tour which offers the opportunity to concentrate on rotating and special exhibits throughout the museum and admission is free when you purchase lunch from the daily on-site food truck. The MFAH also offers children a unique and exciting way to tour the museum with storytime tours, Little Art Adventures and a kiddie backpack (ask at the front desk) which offers interesting trivia, tidbits, facts and activities for the children to do throughout the museum. Who knows, you may even want to do them too! Don’t want to explore on your own? Then set up your own guided tour. The museum is closed on Mondays and general admission is $15, children under 12 are free and there are also a selection of free days to choose from all year long.

NASA Space Center and Tram Tour
1601 NASA Parkway
Houston TX 77058
(281) 244-2100
www.spacecenter.org

Houston, we don’t have a problem when it comes to amazing museum tours at NASA Space Center. Start with the Tram Tour early in the morning, as lines can get long, and have your opportunity to visit among a selection of outdoor space center locations including Mission Control, the Space Vehicle Mockup, Sonny Carter Training Center or Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. You may even see astronauts in training. Tram tour stops vary, and that’s one of the exciting things about them. You can go over and over again and see something new! While the children can’t get enough of the interactive exhibits, you may prefer to conduct yourself more adult-like by enjoying the Astronaut Audio Tour (available in both an adult and child version) narrated by John Glenn, Gene Cernan, Alan Bean, Gene Kranz, Shannon Lucid, Eileen Collins and others. A Spanish version is also available. Admission ranges from $13.95 for children to $22.95 per adult. Family memberships and other discount opportunities are available.

San Jacinto Monument and Museum
1 Monument Circle
La Porte, TX 77571
(281) 479-2421
www.sanjacinto-museum.org

The San Jacinto Monument and Museum includes an historic museum, theater, reflection pool, observation floor, battleground and nearby Battleship Texas and The Herzstein Library. Individual tickets to each attraction are available, or you may save money by purchasing a combo ticket. Roam around inside and outside the tower, then take the elevator up to the observation floor. Take a walk through history with art and artifacts from all periods of Texas history including Mexican Texas, the Texas revolution, the Spanish conquest, the Mexican Revolution and the Anglo colonization of Mexican Texas, early statehood and the Civil War are also featured. Be sure to enjoy the Texas Forever! Battle of San Jacinto as it is available every hour beginning at 10 a.m.

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Houston Museum of Natural Science 
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 639-4629
www.hmns.org

Voted the No. 1 attraction in Houston by TripAdvisor, the Museum of Natural Science offers the opportunity to enjoy art and science since the dawn of time. Enjoy the IMAX theater shows, all levels of the museum, rotating special exhibits as well as the butterfly center all in one place. Expert tour guides can give you the inside scoop on each of the museums fascinating exhibits and answer your questions. Your private discovery tour of one hour is $30 plus the price of your ticket. Other fun-filled tours are available including family-friendly paleontology and Egypt public tours for just $5 per person, plus the cost of your museum entrance.

Houston Tours
6601 W. Sam Houston Parkway S.
Houston, TX 77072
(713) 988-5900
www.houstontours.com

Houston Tours takes care of all of the planning for you for your museum tour. It offers services which include pick up and delivery, and take you to some of the hottest spots in the greater Houston area. Get door-to-door services to NASA Space Center, Galveston Islands’ Moody Gardens, The Strand and Bishop’s Palace, or head out to the USS Texas Battleship and San Jacinto Monument. The company also offers a City of Houston tour including the Williams Tower and the Water Wall stops.

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Mother of four college to Kindergarten, Lisa Carey is a National and Local writer for Examiner. She brings with her 20 years experience in education, working with families and her enthusiasm for the Houston area. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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