Museums in South Shore

Visit for Two, Four, or Six to The 1940 Air Terminal Museum (Up to Half Off)

1940 Air Terminal Museum

Greater Hobby Area

Museum in art-deco airport terminal charts heritage of business and civil aviation via memorabilia and hangar of restored original aircrafts

$10 $5

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Admission for Two or Four, or Family Membership to The Health Museum (Up to 50% Off)

The Health Museum

The Museum District

Museum visit lets guests explore the body; annual memberships include perks such as VIP events, member-only activities & exclusive discounts

$16 $10

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Shark! Exhibit and Permanent Exhibits for Two or Four at Houston Museum of Natural Science (Up to 51% Off)

Houston Museum of Natural Science

The Museum District

Groups of two or four view live sharks at the shark exhibit, then explore the science museum’s permanent exhibits

$50 $25

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Annual Individual, Family, or VIP Membership to Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (Up to 58% Off)

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

Houston

Learn about the history of African Americans in the US military with yearlong memberships that provide access to special events

$45 $19

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Admission and Guided Tour for Two or Four at Czech Center Museum (Up to 46% Off)

Czech Center Museum

The Museum District

Museum showcases the culture, art, and people of Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia, and Slovakia

$12 $7

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One-Year Individual, Household, or Friend Membership to Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (Up to 56% Off)

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

The Museum District

Memberships to a contemporary art museum with 8–10 exhibits each year includes invitations to openings and discounts at the gift shop

$75 $35

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Visit for Two, Four, or Six or an Annual Family Membership to the Houston Fire Museum (50% Off)

Houston Fire Museum

Midtown

Friends and families learn about the history of fire fighting in the Houston area while enjoying touring exhibits and access to events

$10 $5

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Full-Day Houston Maritime Museum Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to Half Off)

Houston Maritime Museum

University Place

Learn about maritime history by exploring a collection of model ships, maritime artifacts, and an exhibit dedicated to the Port of Houston

$10 $5

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Visit for Two, Four, or Six to Rosenberg Railroad Museum (Up to 47% Off)

Rosenberg Railroad Museum

Rosenberg

Explore Rosenberg’s railway-ridden past through a collection of historic railcars and model trains

$10 $6

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Admission for Two or Four, or One-Year Individual or Family Membership at Matagorda County Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Matagorda County Museum

Bay City

Recreations and real artifacts depict important county events; kids explore a 19th-Century replica town with a schoolhouse, corral, and more

$8 $5

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Individual or Family Membership or Kids' Birthday Party at El Campo Museum of Natural History (Up to 56% Off)

El Campo Museum of Natural History

El Campo

Learn about bears, waterfowl, and jungle animals in exhibits featuring over 500 taxidermied specimens from around the world

$25 $12

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Perched on picturesque Galveston Island, Moody Gardens possesses a storied history that complements its scenic surroundings. Next to the sprawling grounds, the Moody Gardens Golf Course boasts multiple holes that run alongside the rippling waters of the Gulf and its intervening waterways, forming intimidating hazards and housing a thriving civilization of merpeople who use golf balls for currency. The tourist destination also thrills families with water attractions, including a wave pool and a lazy river. The restored 10-story Rainforest Pyramid holds more than 1,700 exotic plants and animals from Asian, African, and American rainforests, while the Aquarium Pyramid features a diverse range of ocean inhabitants including sharks and penguins.

1700 Sydnor Ln.
Galveston,
TX
US

Galveston residents have something in common with notorious French pirate Jean Lafitte: he also called the island his home. Today, they get to climb aboard the full-size deck of a pirate ship to get a glimpse of their dangerous former neighbor's life. While traversing the rest of the interactive exhibits, they may even meet Lafitte himself—as conjured by a skilled actor—along with his brother Pierre and their gritty pirate cronies who downloaded thousands of songs onto their steam-powered laptops. Professionally applied glitter tattoos and a well-stocked gift shop bring guests back to modern-day Texas. Pirate hosts emcee private events and guide birthday tours through the whole museum, and parties can even include a trip through the nearby Haunted Mayfield Manor.

2313 Harborside Dr
Galveston,
TX
US

Moon rocks. Mission control. Space suits. If it's associated with space travel in the American imagination, it's probably well represented at Space Center Houston. The 183,000-square-foot complex serves as the official visitor center of NASA'S Johnson Space Center. More than 250 artifacts, exhibits, and attractions dot the space like stars in a pocket-size galaxy, fueling a passion for science, engineering, math, and technology with authentic remnants of past space missions.

Just a few of the exhibits likely to inspire awe: a full-scale replica of the space shuttle built using schematics and blueprints; the actual mission control facility where technicians monitored nine Gemini missions as well as every Apollo mission; and select pieces from the largest collection of moon rocks and lunar samples found anywhere. Space Center Houston also asks visitors to contemplate the future with exhibits that explore topics such as the challenges of successfully sending astronauts to Mars.

1601 Nasa Pkwy
Houston,
TX
US

The fa?ades of Galveston homes may not appear menacing by day, but when night falls, pitch-black shadows hint at the secrets hidden inside. Tracy Richardson, a clairvoyant, paranormal investigator, and the owner of Texas Ghost Tours, unearths these lingering evils during her two-hour walking tours of the city?s haunted sites. As a member of the Haunted Society and National Paranormal Society, Tracy?s knowledge of the local lore is nearly as daunting as the task her tours tackle: to educate visitors about the existence of paranormal activity. After sunset, she leads the way to nearby buildings imprinted with past horrors. She dives even deeper into the supernatural during paranormal investigations, during which she dons a bed sheet and a Sherlock Holmes hat.

1205 Deepwood Dr
Friendswood,
Texas
US

Located at the base of the towering San Jacinto Monument, the San Jacinto Museum of History chronicles the formation of Texas lore. This year marks the 175th anniversary of Texas independence, and the museum provides festive fact-gatherers with a moveable feast of 17,000 local objects, 18,000 volumes, and 700 feet of historic party streamers gathered from Texas and New Spain, the United States, and Mexico. While admission to the museum is free, member benefits include access to special exhibits and the Jesse H. Jones Theatre. Members are also granted access to the San Jacinto Monument’s observation deck, which provides a hang-glider's view of the Houston skyline and the mighty Battleship Texas.

1 Monument Cir
La Porte,
TX
US

Located at the base of the impressive San Jacinto Monument, the San Jacinto Museum of History covers the width and breadth of the Texas story. Its exhibits and features range from artifacts from Spanish colonization to depictions of the battle in memory of which the monument was erected. The collection includes more than 30,000 objects and artworks to peruse for clues as to exactly when the wild pick-up truck began roaming Texas.

They museum really breathes life into history, though, with its Texas Forever!! film exhibit. The 35-minute documentary drama, shown every hour on the hour in the Jesse He. Jones Theatre, condenses the course of history into 3,000 images, including 35 original paintings commissioned exclusively by the museum.

Business Basics

Established: Before 1950

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Staff Size: 11–25

Parking: Parking lot

Reservations/Appointments: Not necessary

Most popular offering: Ride to the top of San Jacinto Monument

Pro Tip: San Jacinto Museum of History is located at the site where Texas won its independence in 1836.

1 Monument Circle
La Porte,
TX
US