Houstonians love their cars, and many people do not consider Houston to be a place that is friendly to walking tours. They couldn’t be further from the truth. There are many great locations within the city where you can spend the day walking between great local venues and shops. For the art lover, the area near the Museum District is full of nice paths, accessible by the light rail, and features many interesting pieces of art. Make sure to reserve a weekend fate for this great walking tour of Houston’s art scene.
Houston Center For Contemporary Craft
4848 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 529-4848

One of the 19 museums in Houston’s Museum District, this is a great space for people to begin their walking tour. The museum’s accessibility relates to the fact that what it displays is made from traditional crafting materials – fabric, clay, wood, glass, or other recycled materials – just like you may have used in an art class at some point. These crafts are delicately crafted and inspiring – just the way to start your perfect art walking tour. Before you leave, be sure to stop by and see the artist-in-residence, who may be making a new piece for display during your visit.

Museum Of Fine Arts Houston
1001 Bissonnet
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 639-7300

Nationally recognized as a high quality art museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is a must see for any art lover. Just down the street from the craft museum, it will be a quick walk over to the MFAH’s multiple buildings that house pieces from all styles and eras. The museum has pieces from the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome and throughout the ages all the way to modern pieces created by local artists within the past few years. Take in some of the traveling exhibits before stopping to grab lunch in the cafe. On your way out, make sure to check out the gift shop – it’s on the side of the museum nearest to the light rail.

Hermann Park
1700 Hermann Drive
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 524-5876

Hop on the light rail and take it one stop south to Hermann Park. This large park near the Medical Center is home to many art installations. Check out the statue of Sam Houston and the nearby reflecting pond before walking to Miller Outdoor Theater, where you may catch a free performance by a local performing arts group. For those who like to have a little color in their lives, a stop at the Japanese Gardens is a must. After you’ve gotten your fill of the outdoors, cross Main Street and enter the hedges of Rice University.

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Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 348-0000

This prestigious university has a multitude of opportunities for art lovers. Within the stunning architecture of the main academic quad, you can find the Rice Gallery in Sewall Hall, where visiting artists create interactive exhibitions. The quad is also home to a statue of the school’s founder, William Marsh Rice, and Anderson Hall, the school of Architecture’s home – you may find impromptu artwork and projects hanging around outside. Head west on campus to see some of the sculptures added outside of Herring Hall as part of a campus art project, and make a stop at the Baker Institute to check out their piece of the Berlin Wall. Before you leave, make sure to visit James Turrell’s Skyspace venue and watch the light show at sunset.

Gremillion & Co. Fine Art
2501 Sunset Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 522-2701

After you leave Rice, keep heading west until you get to Rice Village, full of fun local shops and eateries. On Sunset Boulevard, you will find a great place to end your walking tour of art – Gremillion & Co. Fine Art gallery. The motto of the gallery is “Encourage Thoughtful Perception,” and they have been doing so for more than thirty-five years. Make sure to see what exciting artists they have on display – it changes regularly.

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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 Examiner.com.