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Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.
Art Car Museum
Art Car Museum

(713) 861-5526

140 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007   Directions Website

Experience the Art Car Museum, where they encourage public awareness of cultural, political, economic, and personal dimensions of art.

The Museum features the most imaginative, elaborate, and artfully constructed art cars, lowriders, mobile vehicles, and revolving shows of art by local, national, and international artists of all media. In addition to curated exhibitions, there is a unique opportunity through the annual open call show for the artistic community to voice their response, via their artwork, to a topic of importance presented by the Museum.

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

(713) 942-8920

3816 Caroline
Houston, TX 77004   Directions Website

Celebrate the contributions of African-American soldiers at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, where you'll see historical documents and artifacts that tell the story of how the fighting cavalries gained respect over the years.

As the only museum to honor the legacy of the Buffalo Soldier, they feature historical artifacts, documents, videos, prints, interactive and multimedia exhibits to entertain and educate visitors about African-American military history.

Children's Museum of Houston
Children's Museum of Houston

(713) 522-1138

1500 Binz St
Houston, TX 77004   Directions Website

Go on a discovery tour at the Children's Museum of Houston, which has a 5-star rating on social network sites, was voted Ultimate Kid-Friendly Attraction in a Houston Chronicle readers' poll, and tied for the number one spot as the nation's best children's museum in Child Magazine.

The Children's Museum was built specifically for youngsters so that the kids can learn while having fun with tons of interactive and bilingual exhibits.

Check out the EcoStation, which will teach kids to understand how our actions impact the environment and what we can do about it. Stop by FlowWorks, which unleashes the power of water for children to explore and research the concept of energy flow, and try out The Invention Convention, where gadgets and gizmos galore are laid out for kids to connect, create and construct anything their heart desires.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

(713) 284-8250

5216 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006   Directions Website

Immerse yourself in the cutting-edge arts scene at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston as they host a stellar rotation of attractions and exhibits in print, photography, graphic arts, and other mediums.

Enjoy the museum's passion, honesty, and commitment to providing the finest modern and unique art while exploring the advent of art through the years. They feature national, regional, and international art with educational materials and scholarly publications that enrich visitors' overall experience, appreciation, and understanding.

Holocaust Museum Houston
Holocaust Museum Houston

(713) 942-8000

5401 Caroline Ste 100
Houston, TX 77004   Directions Website

The Holocaust Museum Houston 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. Among the many items on display is a World War II Holocaust railcar that carried millions of Jews to concentration camps and a Danish rescue boat that saved thousands of Jews from the hands of Nazi Germany.

The museum is an ever-evolving, living museum that includes a permanent exhibit and temporary exhibits on loan from other Holocaust Museums around the country. Many who have visited here, survivors, adults, and schoolchildren, have left notes, poems, artwork, and gifts to express their feelings upon seeing the exhibits.

Houston Center for Photography
Houston Center for Photography

(713) 529-4755

1441 W Alabama St
Houston, TX 77006   Directions Website

Capture a moment in time at the Houston Center for Photography, where you'll find evolving exhibits by emerging and established photographers and plenty of spur-of-the-moment workshops to brush up on your photography skills.

As a small visual artists organization, their gallery features some of the finest works of contemporary photography. They also offer over 300 photography classes and workshops year-round. Varying in competency levels, these classes are all taught by esteemed photographers and lecturers, including some of the masters of the medium.

Houston Police Department Museum
Houston Police Department Museum

(281) 230-2353

1200 Travis
Houston, TX 77002   Directions Website

Satisfy your curiosity about the inner workings of a city police department at the Houston Police Department Museum, featuring a free-of-charge walkthrough where you can explore on your own or join a group tour.

As you walk through the museum, you will come across the Wall of Honor memorial that shows badges, uniforms, artifacts from the Honor Guard, SWAT, Mounted Patrol, and other equipment utilized over the years that honor the ultimate sacrifice made by those officers that gave their lives in the line of duty.

Lone Star Flight Museum
Lone Star Flight Museum

(346) 708-2517

11551 Aerospace Avenue
Houston, TX 77034   Directions Website

Climb aboard a WWII-era bomber or a flight-training plane at the Lone Star Flight Museum, where they celebrate Texas aviation and engage in educating youth through science, technology, engineering, and math.

Enjoy the 130,000-square-foot museum, home to a flying collection of rare and historic commercial, general aviation, and military aircraft. Guests can experience the wonder of flight in a warbird ride and get hands-on in the high-tech Aviation Learning Center and Flight Academy. Multiple public and STEM-focused education programs create an unforgettable museum experience for visitors of all ages.

National Museum of Funeral History
National Museum of Funeral History

(281) 876-3063

415 Barren Springs Dr
Houston, TX 77090   Directions Website

Discover America’s largest collection of authentic and historical funeral service items at The National Museum of Funeral History, where they encompass public education, bringing the mysterious and frequently taboo topic of death into the accessible, non-threatening, and non-macabre setting for kindergarten students through senior citizens.

Check out the display of funeral artifacts, trace the history of funeral services, learn about caskets, coffins, and historic hearses, and see the memorabilia of famous funerals of Presidents, Popes, celebrities, and more while witnessing the cultural heritage of the funeral service industry and its time-honored tradition of compassion.

National United States Armed Forces Museum
National United States Armed Forces Museum

(713) 673-1234

8611 Wallisville Rd
Houston, TX 77029   Directions Website

The National United States Armed Forces Museum educates and memorializes the heroic sacrifices and valiant efforts of soldiers who fought to keep our nation free.

The museum displays rare collections and preservations of historical military artifacts, historical research, education, and the presentation of the public of the museum's collection. They wish to expand knowledge, deepen awareness, and provide a greater appreciation, to both visitors and residents, of the dedication and sacrifice of citizens in those in defense of liberty.

The Health Museum
The Health Museum

(713) 521-1515

1515 Hermann Dr
Houston, TX 77004   Directions Website

Explore The Health Museum, an excellent, innovative, and interactive health and science educational experience, where you will discover a larger-than-life journey through the human body, see actual organ dissections, enjoy science mini-classes and mini-med schools, and check out the health fairs and community outreach, and family science labs.

In addition to the permanent exhibits, other attractions include the McGovern Theater, the Sue Trammell Whitfield Gallery for traveling exhibitions, and four Learning Centers for classes, camps, and activities.

The Houston Fire Museum
The Houston Fire Museum

(713) 524-2526

3219 Milam St
Houston, TX 77006   Directions Website

Uncover the heroic world of firefighters at The Houston Fire Museum, where they engage, educate, and enlighten the community on the importance of fire and preserve the history and heritage of Houston's diverse fire service.

Houston's historic Fire Station No. 7 is the permanent home of the museum and allows visitors to appreciate the antique firefighting equipment and uniforms and shows the testament to the people who devoted their lives to community service and commitment to others.

The Houston Museum District
The Houston Museum District

(832) 668-4410

4912 Main St
Houston, TX 77002   Directions Website

Tour 18 different museums within The Houston Museum District located in downtown Houston. They all feature free admission on certain days and 11 of them have free admission all the time. After your museum tours, explore exhibits, collections, and workshops and take in a few 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 Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Houston Museum of Natural Science

(713) 639-4629

5555 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030   Directions Website

Explore the origins of earth and man at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, where more than a dozen permanent exhibits explore the worlds of astronomy, space science, Native Americans, chemistry, energy, paleontology, and Texas wildlife.

There are also several displays of dinosaur skeletons, natural gems, and other attractions that will keep you occupied for hours. Special sections of the museum include the Wortham IMAX Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium, and the George Observatory.

The Menil Collection | Art Museum
The Menil Collection | Art Museum

(713) 525-9400

1533 Sul Ross St
Houston, TX 77006   Directions Website

The Menil Collection Art Museum holds over 19,000 pieces of art that are displayed in the main building and often switched around several other types of art collected from the 1940s.

The collection is significant in its European art, including paintings by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. The permanent collection highlights Arts of Africa, the Americas and the Pacific Northwest, the Ancient World, the Pacific Islands, Drawing, Medieval and Byzantine, Modern and Contemporary, Surrealism, and the permanent installation entitled Witnesses.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

(713) 639-7300

1001 Bissonnet
Houston, TX 77005   Directions Website

Stroll through the artful Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden, located in the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The garden is home to more than 25 works from the museum's collection, including sculptures by Henri Matisse.

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston is a masterpiece of historic proportions, with a collection of more than 57,000 works of art and more than 300,000 square feet of exhibit space. It is one of the largest museums with a collection dating from antiquity to the modern-day. Works include Italian Renaissance paintings, French Impressionist works, photographs, American and European decorative arts, African and Pre-Columbian gold, American art, and European and American paintings and sculpture.

The Printing Museum
The Printing Museum

(713) 522-4652

1324 W Clay St
Houston, TX 77019   Directions Website

Take a tour through history at The Printing Museum, chronicled by the advent and modernization of printing methods, and learn how the printed word transformed modern culture.

Your tour starts with the development of ancient Mesopotamian clay tablets, then the invention of moveable type and Gutenberg's printing press. Along the way, gain a better understanding of how newspaper accounts of major wars, the distribution of the Gutenberg Bible, the Declaration of Independence, and other pivotal documents chronicle the printing revolution and its impact on society.

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