Museums in South Houston

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

$50 $25

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

Space Center Houston Visit for One, Two, or Four (Up to 35% Off)

Space Center Houston

Clear Lake

$22.95 $15

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See 250+ space artifacts—including moon rocks—explore interactive exhibits, and peek behind the scenes at the home of Mission Control

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

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

The Museum District

$75 $35

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

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

Houston Fire Museum

Midtown

$10 $5

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

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

1940 Air Terminal Museum

Greater Hobby Area

$10 $5

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

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

Houston Maritime Museum

University Place

$10 $5

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

One-Year Membership for Two Adults or Family to San Jacinto Museum of History (Up to 56% Off)

San Jacinto Museum of History

Southeast Harris

$75 $35

Artifacts and artwork from Mexican Texas, the Texas revolution, and the Republic of Texas; memberships include gifts and discounts

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

Rosenberg Railroad Museum

Rosenberg

$10 $6

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

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

$8 $5

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

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

$25 $12

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

Admission for Two, Four, or Up to Eight to Sam Houston Memorial Museum (Up to 47% Off)

Sam Houston Memorial Museum

Huntsville

$8 $5

15-acre museum honors the life and times of Sam Houston through artifacts and historical exhibits relating to the legendary Texan

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While many children learn by performing hands-on tasks, school systems have yet to figure out how to incorporate gardens, imagination workshops, and towering aqueduct mazes into their budgets. With 90,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits, the Children's Museum of Houston sparks creativity by allowing kids to explore 14 learning stations. Ranked No. 1 among the 10 best children's museums in the nation by Parents magazine, named one of the 12 best children's museums in the country by Forbes.com and one of the 10 best by USA TODAY, and voted Best Museum in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014 by the Houston A-List Poll, the museum has accrued a lot of praise. The Huffington Post has also given a nod to the Children's Museum of Houston, which encourages children to explore their curious nature with a variety of interactive exhibits. Exhibits include the interactive EcoStation, a solar-powered outdoor utopia with activities such as stream creation and leaf rubbing that inspire kids to think about environmental responsibility. At the Invention Convention workshop, kids can explore engineering possibilities with building blocks, propellers, and even basic robotics. The sprawling cityscape of Kidtropolis invites children to participate in a simulated economy. The experience requires them to earn paychecks, budget money on pretend debit cards, vote for political candidates, and learn how to obsessively check milk expiration dates at the onsite grocery store.

1500 Binz St.
Houston,
TX
US

Jutting above the street, the modernist lines of Rafael Moneo's Audrey Jones Beck Building echo the eclectic collection found within. Under sky openings that let in natural light and the bitter gazes of pigeons who can’t seem to get their work shown, visitors meander through galleries that span the breadth of human artistry, from ancient sculpture to modern painting. Noteworthy works from the more than 64,000 pieces include Pablo Picasso's colorful cubist Two Women in Front of a Window, Edgar Degas's achingly expressionistic Woman Drying Herself, and an untitled sketch by Jackson Pollock that shows his wild, abstract genius evolving toward his celebrated drip paintings. A treasure trove of cultural artifacts from Africa, Asia, and the Americas expands the museum’s scope and transports visitors back in time as they gaze on a palpably pensive ceramic ballplayer from Mexico's Classic Veracruz culture or a life-size royal head forged from copper for a Nigerian royal court.

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1001 Bissonnet St
Houston,
TX
US

Designed by award-winning architect Gunnar Birkerts, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston's stainless steel building safeguards a multitude of work designed to intellectual engage viewers and invoke complex reactions. The museum's two galleries, the Brown Foundation Gallery and the Zilkha Gallery, collectively host 8?10 free exhibitions every year.

The Brown Foundation spotlights work by internationally renowned artists and pieces organized around themes; past exhibits include a Kiki Smith survey and a showcase of performance art by black artists. The Zilkha, meanwhile, hosts the museum's Perspective Series, which gathers the work of emerging artists. The museum's Teen Council curates a biyearly edition of Perspectives, unveiling work by young, Houston-area artists that mine for deeper feelings than the normal teenage angst toward parents, teachers, and singing animatronic bears. The Teen Council also contributes to the museum's numerous programs, which include lectures and discussions for each show, as well as Musiqa concerts based on each Brown Foundation Gallery exhibition.

5216 Montrose Blvd.
Houston,
TX
US

After retiring from his upholstering job at the Southern Pacific Railroad, John Milkovisch spent his free time building structures around his house and drinking beers with his wife Mary. But when he ran out of space for building, he decided to use up his extra beer cans to create a shiny siding for his structures and his house. He began in 1968, and within 20 years he had completely covered his property with an estimated 50,000 aluminum and glass cans. The result was both fashionable and functional, with swaying garlands tinkling in the breeze, strings of cans adding a luster to all surfaces of the house, and the protective weight of the cans even helping cut the house’s energy costs. But you can’t have a house this striking and not get noticed. So pretty soon people began making trips to see this can-covered house, and in 2007, it was moved into the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art. Now guests can peer inside the house and examine the structures without getting chased by the owner's beer can-covered dog. The house’s guided tours also feature a documentary that covers the history of the project since its inception forty years ago.

222 Malone St
Houston,
TX
US

Seven days a week, the Houston Museum of Natural Science cultivates knowledge with interactive exhibits that shuttle minds into such far-flung realms as tropical rainforests and outer space. Permanent exhibits house everything from the skeletons of brachiosauruses in the recently expanded Morian Hall of Paleontology to artifacts from ancient Egypt and the Americas. Housed inside three stories of glass, the museum's butterfly habitat teems with more than 1,500 winged wonders from around the globe, which frolic around a 50-foot waterfall, flutter through exotic plants, and?most amazingly?pull nickels from behind children?s ears. Visitors can also gaze skyward in the Burke Baker Planetarium, which casts more than 10 daily shows with curve-mirror projection technology. Eyes marvel at the planetarium's 30'x18' full-dome digital theater, capable of transporting families to the aurora borealis in the Arctic Circle or to the nougat-flavored center of a black hole.

5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston,
TX
US

When Houston Maritime Museum founder James L. Manzolillo moved to Houston in 1979, he found the city to be an ideal location for establishing a living, breathing monument to maritime history. As a host to the second-largest port in the United States, Houston provides a fitting backdrop for an institution that preserves the legacy of the intrepid individuals who explored the waters about which Manzolillo has always been passionate. Housed inside the former home of retired Navy lieutenant commander John Luykx, the Houston Maritime Museum's collection contains 150 model battleships, paddleboats, and submersibles as well as 100 maritime artifacts such as astrolabes, nautical quadrants, and sextants. An exhibit dedicated to the Port of Houston displays the port's history through artifacts and photos, and illustrates the port's significance to the local and national economy. Guided tours are conducted with advanced registration to allow visitors to learn little-known facts without having to forge the naval-officer secret handshake.

2204 Dorrington St
Houston,
TX
US