Best Museums In Houston

August 3, 2011 11:47 PM

The city of Houston offers several fine art museums, but if you’re looking for something a little different, we’ve got that too. The city’s Museum District alone offers at least 18 options. Some of the best museums in Houston aren’t art related at all, but rather are filled with history and culture, and provide opportunities for both education and entertainment. Whether you’re a science geek, space nerd, history buff or child at heart, the best museums in Houston have something for you. — Amber Hilton

Space Center Houston

1601 Nasa Pkwy.
Houston, TX 77058
(281) 244-2105

Although you won’t find “museum” in its name, the Space Center Houston has everything that you could want from a space museum. A great place for kids, the Space Center Houston offers an IMAX theater, play area and plenty of space-related exhibits. The Space Center Houston is part of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center and offers a tour of NASA via tram. Other attractions include the astronaut gallery and starship gallery. Admission is $20 for adults and $16 for kids. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

One Hermann Circle Dr.
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 639-4629

Featuring more than 13 permanent exhibits and regular traveling exhibits, the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) is a must-see among the many museum venues in Houston. Attracting more than two million annual guests, this popular area museum is one of the most visited museums in the entire nation. Another great museum for kids, this educational venue features a planetarium, observatory, butterfly center, IMAX theater and children’s discovery place. If you can brave the crowds, head to HMNS Tuesdays after 2 p.m. for free general admission. Hours: Monday, Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Holocaust Museum Houston

5401 Caroline
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 942-8000

The Holocaust Museum Houston is certainly one of the more somber of the city’s offerings, but it is an important monument that every Houstonian or visitor should tour at least once. The Holocaust Museum opened its doors in 1996, making it one of the newest additions to the city’s long list of museum offerings. One of the museum’s permanent exhibits focuses on recounting the stories of Houston area Holocaust survivors. Two galleries feature rotating works of art and photo exhibitions related to this dark period in human history. You’ll also see a real WWII railcar and Danish rescue boat. Admission is free, but what you’ll walk away with is truly priceless. Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Children’s Museum of Houston

1500 Binz
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 522-1138

One of the most popular children’s museums in the nation, the Children’s Museum of Houston creates an experience that truly makes learning fun. This popular area museum has plenty of daily activities and regular exhibits. Among the many outreach programs offered by this museum is an after-school program. A gift shop and kid’s caf・are also on site. Admission is $8 per person; children younger than age one get in free, and seniors age 65 and older pay just $7. For free general admission, head to the museum on Thursday nights from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.