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in Houston, TX (showing 1 - 10 out of 17)

Art Car Museum

Art Car Museum

140 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007   Directions

(713) 861-5526


Visit the 'Garage Mahal' of art and chrome at the Art Car Museum, a madcap foray into post-modern and avante garde artistic expression. The cars become the canvas for political, social and economic statements.

The Art Car Museum in downtown Houston showcases avante garde and post-modern art, with an emphasis on art cars, fine arts and obscure artists.

Nicknamed the "Garage Mahal," the Art Car Museum opened in 1988 at the height of the art car movement.

Talented curators and arts patrons founded the museum, especially those with a keen interest in raising awareness of the political, social and economic aspects of art. This art is so personal, that it defines the artists' mode of transportation in creative form.

But these are no ordinary custom wheels. The cars that are showcased in this museum are elaborate art cars, low riders, and other forms of transportation that are transformed into functional pieces of art. It's up to the viewer to decide how far to go.

Take the Art Car Museum for a spin. It'll take your perception of art farther than it's ever gone before.

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Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

3816 Caroline
Houston, TX 77004   Directions

(713) 942-8920


Celebrate the contributions of African-American soldiers at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum. Here you'll see historical documents and artifacts that tell the story of how the fighting cavalries gained respect over the years.

The Buffalo Soldiers Museum chronicles and explores the role of African-American soldiers in every major U.S. war, from 1770 to 2000.

As the only museum in the U.S. to honor the legacy of the Buffalo Soldier, the museum features interactive, multi-media exhibits to entertain and educate visitors about African-American military history.

The Buffalo Soldiers where given their nickname by the Cheyenne Indians, who were impressed with the fighting prowess of the 10th cavalry, one of the first all-black U.S. Army units. The legacy of the Buffalo Soldier is carefully preserved in the museum, where exhibits chronicle how the all-black units shaped the development and defense of the United States, from the Revolutionary War to the Persian Gulf War.

Among the museum's collection are historical artifacts, documents, videos, prints and other historical memorabilia

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Byzantine Chapel Fresco Museum

Byzantine Chapel Fresco Museum

4011 Yupon St
Houston, TX 77006   Directions

(713) 521-3990


Visit the Byzantine Chapel Fresco Museum, where you'll see the only intact Byzantine frescoes in the entire western hemisphere. The frescoes were taken from a church in Lysi, Cyprus in the 1980s.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

5216 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006   Directions

(713) 284-8250


Immerse yourself in today's cutting-edge arts scene at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The non-collecting institution hosts a stellar rotation of attractions and exhibits in print, photography, graphic arts and other mediums.

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is a museum of passion and honesty, committed to providing the best in contemporary new art and exploring the advent of modern art through the years.

Founded in 1948, the museum features international, national and regional art in rotating exhibits. New artwork is presented along with educational materials and scholarly publications, all meant to enrich the visitor's overall experience, appreciation and understanding.

The institution is located downtown in the heart of the Houston Museum District. Its building is a widely recognized stainless steel structure created by award-winning architect Gunnar Birkerts. The new location opened in 1972.

Ongoing exhibits have included "Perspectives," a series of works by emerging and well-known artists that have not yet shown in Houston.

Thematic presentations recently have included Finders/Keepers, where the museum has asked patrons to lend back pieces of art that were originally shown years ago at the museum; Elvis + Marilyn: Two Times Immortal; Abstract Painting Once Removed; and Other Narratives.

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Holocaust Museum Houston

Holocaust Museum Houston

5401 Caroline St
Houston, TX 77004   Directions

(713) 942-8000


Gain a deeper understanding of how genocide can grow into the near decimation of an entire culture at the Holocaust Museum Houston. The museum presents unedited memories of the Holocaust, and visitors say they leave with a sense of hope for future generations.

The Houston Holocaust Museum was spurred by one man's epiphany: Survivors who lived in the Houston area were getting older, and their stories of the Holocaust would fade - along with the lesson of unchecked prejudice and the power of peace.

For more than 10 years Siegi Izakson focused on his mission to create a suitable memorial and educational center. Then, in 1990, a well-known Jewish community leader embraced his idea. She used her influence to begin a successful capital campaign for a Holocaust museum in Houston.

The Houston Holocaust Museum is located in the Houston Museum district and opened in 1996, to which Izakson proclaimed, "This means the Holocaust story will not go away."

The museum is an ever-evolving, living museum. It includes a permanent exhibit and temporary exhibits on loan from other Holocaust Museums around the country.

Many who have visited here - survivors, adults, schoolchildren - have left notes, poems, artwork and gifts to express their feelings upon seeing the exhibits.

The Permanent Exhibition at the Museum is called "Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers." The tour begins with a look at life before the Holocaust and the beginning of Nazism. The exhibit then shows its insidious progression, from segregation, to imprisonment, to extermination.

Artifacts, film reels, photographs, and text panels tell the story and set the backdrop for personal accounts from local survivors in the short films "Voices" and "Voices II."

The many items on display include:

A World War II Holocaust Railcar - This was the type of car used to carry millions of Jews to concentration camps and, ultimately, to their deaths.

Danish Rescue Boat - This 1942 Danish rescue boat is the type that saved more than 7,200 Jews from almost certain execution at the hands of Nazi Germany.Two areas of the museum encourage reflection and meditation. They are the Lack Family Memorial Room, which contains the Wall of Remembrance, the Wall of Tears and the Wall of Hope. The Memorial Wall is a place where local Holocaust survivors can commemorate their lost loved ones.

The other area for quiet reflection is called the Eric Alexander Garden of Hope, a garden dedicated to the memory of the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust.

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Houston Fire Museum

Houston Fire Museum

2403 Milam St
Houston, TX 77006   Directions

(713) 524-2526


Explore the heroic world of firefighters at the Houston Fire Museum, where you'll see antique firefighting equipment and uniforms on display. The museum is located in what was originally Fire Station No. 7, the first fire station built by the Houston Fire Department after it went fully paid in 1895.

Houston Museum District

Houston Museum District

1401 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77006   Directions

(713) 715-1939


Calling all art, history and culture buffs: The Houston Museum District is always the answer when the question is, What should we do in Houston? The district includes 18 museums, and 11 of them offer free admission every day.

The Houston Museum District is located in downtown Houston and works to promote the arts and cultural institutions in the area.

The Museum District encompasses 18 museums in its designated area. All of the museums feature free admission on certain days; 11 of the museums have free admission all the time.

Besides museums, the Museum District includes galleries, cultural centers and community organizations, all located within the district. The 1.5-mile area is bordered by Rice University and the Texas Medical Center, with the Mecom Fountain at its epicenter.

In addition to touring the museums, visitors can also explore exhibits, collections, workshops and live performances.

The museums that comprise the district are:Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum

Children's Museum of Houston

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Czech Cultural Center Houston

The Health Museum

Holocaust Museum Houston

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Houston Center for Photography

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Houston Zoo

The John C. Freeman Weather Museum

The Jung Center Of Houston

Lawndale Art Center

The Menil Collection

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Rice University Art Gallery

The Rothko Chapel

The district was founded in 1977 and is now steered by the Houston Museum District Association.

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Houston Museum of Natural Science

Houston Museum of Natural Science

5555 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030   Directions

(713) 639-4629


Explore the origins of earth and man at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Awesome displays of dinosaur skeletons, natural gems and other attractions will keep you occupied for hours.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is located in the city's museum district and is one of the most heavily attended museums in the U.S., on par with heavyweight institutions like the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, both in New York City.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science was founded in 1909 and today welcomes more than 2 million visitors a year, 600,000 of them schoolchildren. More than 1 million pieces of objects and specimens are housed in the museum's vast, four-story complex.

Special sections of the museum include the Wortham IMAX Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium and the George Observatory.

More than a dozen permanent exhibits explore the worlds of astronomy and space science, Native Americans, chemistry, energy, paleontology and Texas wildlife.

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Houston Police Department Museum

Houston Police Department Museum

1200 Travis
Houston, TX 77002   Directions

(210) 230-2353


Satisfy your curiosity about the inner workings of a city police department at the Houston Police Department Museum. The museum features a memorial wall, badges, uniforms and other equipment utilized over the years.

Houston Railroad Museum

Houston Railroad Museum

Houston, TX

(713) 631-6612


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