What are the best museums in Houston?

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Leah Walker

Houston Museum of Natural Science: Visitors of all ages can get lost in this museum for hours. With 11 permanent exhibits ranging in subjects from Ancient Egypt to Gems and Minerals to African and Texas Wildlife, there’s something that will pique the interest of visitors. Attractions also include a 3D theater, planetarium, Butterfly Center, and various special exhibits. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children, seniors, and college students. Houston’s CityPASS includes admission to the museum.

Art Car Museum: For something a bit different, check out the Art Car Museum in the Heights. Far from stuffy and boring, this museum celebrates cars, art, and individuality. Here a VW Beatle is transformed into the Easter Bunny and a Honda motorcycle is made into a red stiletto. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, admission is always free and a sense of humor is a must.

Mai Pham

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). The MFAH is, where you can see everything from antiquities to Renaissance painting, to modern works of art, to rotating exhibits, like the upcoming, critically acclaimed Picasso in Black and White exhibit that will run from February 24 through May 27. The MFAH also has a movie theater, a bookstore, and cafe. Every Thursday, entrance to the museum is free, courtesy of Shell Oil. The museum has also partnered up with local gourmet food trucks for an innovative Lunch + Look program, wherein diners who purchase food truck food receive a ticket for free admission to the museum from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. 

Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS). One of the Top 10 most visited museums in the country the HMNS is a magical place for those with inquisitive minds to explore.  The main gallery is home to a dinosaur skeleton tall enough to span two floors. A priceless gem vault featuring exquisite necklaces and other baubles always wows and excites, the butterfly collection inspires wonderment in adults and children alike, and a myriad of other permanent exhibits including Paleontology, Chemistry, African Wildlife, the Americas, Egypt and more, help to explain some of the mysteries of evolution and our presence in this world. 

Children’s Museum of Houston. Named “America’s No. 1 Children’s Museum” by Parents Magazine, this award winning museum offers an interactive, educational environment where kids and their parents can learn about arts and culture. With areas like “Invention Convention,” “How Does It Work” and “Think Tank,” kids can have hands-on experiences that teach them how to create, understand the how technology works, and solve puzzles. It’s a veritable wonderland of learning opportunities in a child-like atmosphere. 

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