The Houston Lifestyle - The Museum District

Houston’s world-class Museum District is a collection of 19 museums, galleries and cultural centers, all just a short distance from the Texas Medical Center. Their website at has links to all museums and promises Something New Every Day!

  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston – The oldest art museum in Texas with a large and broad-based collection, with emphasis on European painters, Impressionists, and pre-Columbian art. One of the top ten art museums in the country by attendance.
  • Menil Collection – Dominique de Menil, daughter of the Schlumberger family, gifted Houston with her extraordinary collection of modern art. The collection is housed in a specially-built landmark of contemporary architecture.
  • Rothko Chapel – The Rothko Chapel, also donated by the de Menils, is an intimate sanctuary available to people of all beliefs. It displays the murals of Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman’s Broken Obelisk, a sculpture in memory of Martin Luther King.
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science – Fourth most-visited science museum in the country; includes the Burke Baker Planetarium and the Cockrell Butterfly Museum.
  • Contemporary Arts Museum – Non-collecting museum, dedicated to displaying new directions in art.
  • Health Museum – Member institution of the Texas Medical Center and dedicated to Dr. John P. McGovern. The Health Museum fosters wonder and curiosity about health, science, and the human body.
  • Houston Center for Photography – Contemporary photography exhibits and classes.
  • Jung Center – Forum for psychological, spiritual and artistic topics.
  • Holocaust Museum – Lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice, and apathy.
  • Rice University Art Gallery – Dedicated to large-scale, site-specific installation art that visitors can enter and explore.
  • John C. Freeman Weather Museum – The nation’s first weather museum, advancing the knowledge of weather’s impact through research, prediction, and education.
  • Asia Society Texas – Multi-disciplinary exhibits prepare future generations for stronger East-West understanding and interaction. The Center was designed by Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi.
  • Houston Museum of African American Culture – Discovery-driven learning for all people. Founded to collect, conserve, explore, interpret and exhibit the culture of Africans and African-Americans.
  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum – The only museum in the nation dedicated primarily to preserving the legacy of African-American soldiers in the USA.
  • Czech Center Museum Houston – Created to celebrate, share, and promote the rich cultural heritage of this Slavic ethnic group.
  • Lawndale Art Center – Exhibition of Houston-area contemporary artists.
  • Diverse Works – Commissions and presents new visual, performing, and literary art.
  • Houston Center for Contemporary Craft – Dedicated to craft at the highest level, including works in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and found/recycled objects.

And of course,The Houston Zoo – This 55-acre zoological park is home to over 6,000 animals. In addition to its public displays and educational functions, the Houston Zoo hosts dozens of important conservation and breeding efforts.

Houston Zoo

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