Houston Museum Guide

If you’re a lover of arts and moving to Houston…you’re in luck. Here is our Houston Museum Guide! Already living in Houston and want to live closer to to the Museum District? Use the blogs free apartment finding page to find some rental homes in the area.

Museum of Fine Arts (MFA)

The MFA showcases a collection of critically acclaimed artists from across the world and across the decades. They also feature a regularly circulating exhibit space which is currently presenting a collection of hyper-realistic sculptures by Ron Mueck. If that’s not your style their permanent collection includes pieces from the Impressionists era including several pieces by Monet and Degas.

For those who plan on going frequently, it might be worth investing in a membership ($60)  which includes access to the permanent and most traveling collections.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

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This Museum will blow your mind. 3 floors of the coolest scientific / historic pieces you will ever see. They have traveling exhibits such as the “Gladiator” exhibit I just saw as well as the “Mummies of the World” exhibit. Getting up close and personal with science and history is a lot fun, and it’s free on Thursdays!


Contemporary Arts Museum (CAM)

My personal favorite, the Contemporary Arts Museum has the benefit of being free to the public. The offer a smaller collection of multimedia pieces. The CAM is also very interested in involving students in their exhibits and organization. One of their more recent exhibits in the Zilkha Gallery (Origins of Self) feature all teen-artists from the Houston area. Currently the Zilkha gallery features a collection of pieces presenting “three personal histories and stories that are remade as ambiguously fictional situations.”


Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Statue Garden

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Right across the street from the MFA is the Cullen Statue Garden which features a collection of traditional and modern statues. There are a number of tables and large shade trees to offer some respite from Houston’s warmer weather. On nice days, it can be very pleasant to go and read or do work in the relative peace and if I happen to be in the area around lunch-time during the week I might pop over to the MFA parking lot and grab a bite to eat at one of the regularly changing food trucks. As for the statues themselves, one of my personal favorites is a piece by Linda Ridgeway, a bronze branch against a cement wall.


Houston Center for Photography (HCP)

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Houston Center for Photography serves three purposes to the people of Houston: it is a full gallery with circulating shows, it has an extensive photography library, and it offers classes with a number of qualified teachers. While they don’t charge general admission classes can be around $120 however, those who are interested can purchase a membership ($55) and will receive a discount.

I think, as far as it goes, HCP is fairly underestimated both because it has a smaller showing space and is less talked about than the MFA or CAM. That shouldn’t be taken to mean that it is inferior than the other two, because The Houston Center for Photography is unique in that it is solely focused on the art of the camera and does a fantastic job at showcasing it.


The Menil

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The best private collection in Houston. This intimate Museum is full of abstract, surreal, and historical pieces of art. From Greek figurines to René Magrittte – the Menil has it all. It’s free 5 days a week (closed Monday and Tuesday), and is located in my favorite part of town. The Menil park is adjacent to the collection.


Who knew Houston’s art scene was so amazing!? I hope this Houston Museum Guide may help any fellow art lovers find something to do in our big bayou city.


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