The Museum District is a short shuttle ride from our hotel in Houston. Explore 19 museums, galleries, and cultural centers that are dedicated to sharing science, art, and history with the world. Eleven of the museums are free every day and all of the museums offer free times, particularly Thursdays. The Museum District is very walkable, with well-maintained sidewalks and attractions close to one another. There are four walkable zones to help visitors navigate Houston. The annual attendance is collectively 8.7 million visitors across the 19 museums.
Are you interested in seeing a vault with the largest emerald crystal ever found in North America? How about a 4D theater? The METRORail has four stops throughout the Museum District and there are various parking lots listed on the official Museum District website. When you stay at Quality Inn & Suites NRG Park, you have the day to explore the densely-packed museum district in Houston.
Featuring fine contemporary photography, Houston Center for Photography also has 300 classes and workshops for budding photographers. The Rothko Chapel is a tranquil sanctuary for people of all faiths to visit and use as a forum for peace and global social justice. The Chapel’s mission is to inspire action through art and support human rights. The Menil Collection is a privately assembled collection by John and Dominique de Menil, and collectively preserves 17,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and rare books. Explore works from the Byzantine, tribal cultures of Africa, Oceania, and Surrealist holdings that are regarded as one of the world’s most treasured collections. Dine at Bistro Menil on site for European-inspired cuisine and cask wine.
Zone 1 is located along West Alabama St.
Tour a variety of cultural centers and six art institutions in Zone 2 that will open your eyes to a variety of historical relics and life experiences. Become a history buff and learn about the past traditions that still permeate our culture today. Learn about different heritages and traditions to inspire discussion and new experiences of people around the world.
Explore a selection of contemporary art from both established and emerging global artists at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Interested in psychology and philosophy? The Jung Center offers 200 classes on topics from the social sciences as well as an art exhibit. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is one of the largest art museums in the United States and contains 63,000 works of art. There are also 18 acres of public gardens to explore!
Zone 3 is located along Montrose Blvd.
The Children’s Museum of Houston ranks as “America’s Number 1 Children’s Museum” by Parents Magazine and is listed on Forbes’ “Best Children’s Museums in the U.S.” This museum is passionate about inspiring a love of learning in children and offers a variety of fun exhibits and bilingual programs for all. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is one the most popular museums in the district and features the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center and permanent exhibits exploring astronomy, science, energy, paleontology, seashells, gems and minerals and more! The Health Museum is another interactive science center that allows visitors to take a tour of the Amazing Body Pavilion and use special effects technology for museum visitors to explore their mental, physical, and future selves. The Houston Zoo and the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University both encourage inquiry-based learning and community involvement from visitors.
Zone 4 is located by Binz St. and Hermann Park Dr.