Houston Museums and Art Galleries Guide. A comprehensive Museum directory to culture, history, museums, and the arts in the Houston Metro area and the upper Texas Gulf Coast. For education and pleasure for the whole family, visit a Houston area museum this week.

Soldiers National Museum

primary objectives of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum and Heritage
Center are to preserve, promote and perpetuate the history, tradition and
outstanding contributions of the Buffalo Soldiers toward the development and
defense of the United States of America.  The mission and goals are to
interpret, articulate, collect, display and preserve historical artifacts,
documents, videos, prints and other historical memorabilia which details the
history of the brave men and women who overcame extreme adversity while
gallantly fighting the great American wars.

Contemporary Arts
– The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is a
not-for-profit institution dedicated to presenting the art of our time to
the public. As a non-collecting museum, its mission is to provide a forum
for art with an emphasis on the visual arts of the present and recent past;
to document new directions in art through changing exhibitions and
publications; to engage the public in a lively dialogue with today’s art;
and to encourage a greater understanding of contemporary art through
education programs.

Fort Bend Museum –
The Fort Bend Museum portrays Fort Bend County history from Austin’s Colony
in 1822 to 1945. The Fort Bend Museum Complex includes the Museum, the Long
Smith Cottage, the 1883 John M. Moore Home, and the McFarlane House. At the
Fort Bend Museum journey through time and experience life on the Brazos
River and the Fort Bend story through dioramas and displays.

Gulf Coast Railroad Museum
– Gulf Coast Chapter – NRHS strives to fulfill its mission at the Gulf Coast Railroad Museum, 7390 Mesa Rd. in Houston, Texas. The museum, open every weekend from April to November, features an interesting collection of railroad locomotives, cars and other artifacts, as well as a model railroad and research library

Holocaust Museum Houston – The
mission of Holocaust Museum Houston is to promote awareness of the dangers
of prejudice, hatred, and violence against the backdrop of the Holocaust,
which claimed the lives of millions of Jews and other innocent victims. By
fostering Holocaust remembrance, understanding, and education, the Museum
will educate students as well as the general population about the uniqueness
of that event and its ongoing lesson: that humankind must learn to live
together in peace and harmony. The permanent exhibit at the Museum is called
“Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers” and it focuses on the stories
of Holocaust survivors living in the Houston metropolitan area. A tour
begins with a look at life before the Holocaust. Visitors then see the
beginnings of Nazism and Adolf Hitler’s rise to power. The displays
progress through the disruption of normal life, to segregation, to
imprisonment in concentration camps, and finally to extermination.

Center for Contemporary Craft

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is a nonprofit organization founded to advance education about the process, product and history of craft. The Center’s major emphasis is on objects of art made primarily of fiber, metal, glass, clay and wood. The Center provides a much-needed venue for exhibition, retail and studio spaces to support the work of local and national artists and to serve as a resource for artists, educators and the community at large.

Center for Photography
– Houston Center for Photography is an
educational and cultural organization that deepens the understanding and
appreciation of the photographic arts.  Through exhibitions,
publications, and educational programming, the Center supports emerging and
mid-career artists and their audiences. It provides a forum for the exchange
of ideas, and promotes the study of photography, both as a medium of
expression and as a tool of cultural investigation.  HCP fosters a wide
diversity of work, ranging from art and documentary photography to
photographic installations, film and video. Innovative work is emphasized
through the presentation of thoughtful, informative programs. HCP is also
devoted to discovering and fostering the work of artists who deal with
cross-cultural issues.

Houston Museum of Natural Science –
With over 2 million visitors a year and 35,000 members, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, strives to continually offer new, entertaining and innovative exhibits, halls and educational films. Located in the heart of the Museum District and steps away from Hermann Park and the Texas Medical Center, this private non-profit organization includes three floors of permanent exhibit halls ranging from dinosaurs, Native American artifacts, the world’s finest mineral collection, chemistry and energy hall and many other of our galaxy’s treasures. HMNS also hosts a wide variety of traveling exhibits.

Houston Fire Museum
– The Houston Fire Museum, nestled in the heart of Midtown, at 2403 Milam Street, is one of the most significant organizations in the city of Houston. Founded in 1982, the Houston Fire Museum was established to educate the public about the importance of fire and life safety and to pay tribute to the professional and volunteer firefighters who led the way from the days of the “bucket brigades” to today’s advanced firefighting and lifesaving services.

Houston Maritime
– At the Houston Maritime Museum,
historic ship models, nautical items on display and numerous sea treasures
offer concrete examples of how parts of our world were discovered. Displays
such as these make museums special places in our community. They present the
public with an opportunity to experience the thrill of personal discovery
and to learn by observing and interacting with whatever a museum might
afford. The Houston Maritime Museum is the first of its kind in Houston. The
exhibits, which include over sixty ship models and various types of nautical
instruments, along with lectures on oceans, explorers, vessels of the future
as well as of the past provide new and exciting learning experiences for
visitors of all ages.

Police Museum
– The Houston Police Museum consists of two floors.
The lower level has many early uniforms and gear. Some artifacts date back
to the late 1880’s. Though the Houston Police Department was established in
1841, there are no known artifacts from its earliest period.

Houston Sports Museum – Exhibits on the Rockets, Comets,
and the baseball Hall of Fame are seen at the museum. Also featured is a
special exhibit on Houston baseball from the beginning of the Texas League
to the modern-day Astros. Located at 4001 Gulf Freeway. For more information
call (713) 221-4441

Johnson Space Center –
Space Center Houston is a place where people can experience space — from
its dramatic history and exciting present to its compelling future. Space
Center Houston is the only place on Earth that gives guests an
out-of-this-world journey through human adventures into space.  Space
Center Houston’s unparalleled exhibits, attractions, special presentations
and hands-on activities tell the story of NASA’s manned space flight
program. SCH is the only place in the world where visitors can see
astronauts train for missions, touch a real moon rock, land a shuttle, and
take a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA.

Art Center

Lawndale Art Center is a non-profit alternative space for the exhibition of contemporary works in all media, unique in its focus on Houston area artists. Founded in 1979, Lawndale has owned its present location on Main Street in Houston’s Museum District since 1993. With four galleries in its locally significant Art Deco building, Lawndale includes close to 500 artists annually in changing exhibitions. Over twenty exhibitions, informal talks and special events are offered yearly including annual events such as Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead, the 20th Century Modern Market, and The Big Show.

Lone Star Flight Museum – The Lone Star Flight Museum is a volunteer, not-for-profit, tax exempt 501 (c) (3), educational museum, dedicated to the men and women who developed aviation to the science it is today; and, to the memory and spirit of those who flew in the defense of our country and freedom throughout the world.
The mission of the Lone Star Flight Museum is to inform and educate the public of their aviation heritage and history.

Mainland Museum of Texas City – For information, call (409)

Menil Collection – The
Menil Collection is a unique museum environment located in the Montrose-area
Museum District housing the collection of John and Dominique de Menil. The
museum building is the centerpiece of a neighborhood featuring satellite
gallery spaces and related cultural institutions set in a park like setting.

Museum of Fine Arts – The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is the largest art museum in America south of Chicago, west of Washington, D.C., and east of Los Angeles. There are two major museum buildings, the Caroline Wiess Law Building and the Audrey Jones Beck Building; two facilities for the Glassell School of Art, the Studio School for Adults and the Glassell Junior School; two house museums that exhibit decorative arts, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and Rienzi; the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden; and 18 acres of public gardens.
The collection contains more than 45,000 artworks, which date from antiquity to the present. The major civilizations of Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Africa are represented.

Museum of Health and Medical Science –
At the John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science, we
believe that lasting learning results from firsthand experiences doing
science. We invite you to take advantage of the interactive exhibits,
innovative programs and field trip opportunities available to you and your
students at the Museum.

Museum of Printing History –
The Museum of Printing History provides entertaining, affordable and family-oriented education with hands-on demonstrations, exhibits and artifacts focusing on the importance of printed words and art in the full sweep of history since the invention of printing in Asia and Europe. Our mission is to “exhibit, preserve and demonstrate the books, machines and artifacts that illustrate the inseparable relationship between a responsible free press, a literate society, knowledgeable people and freedom.”

Military Museum of Texas
– For more information call 281-599-9666

Museum of Texas History – For more information call 713-655-1912

Museum of Southern History
– The permanent exhibits on the upper floor chronicle the antebellum history
of the south, the coming of an Un-Civil War, the tragic events that composed
that drama, and the effects upon generations of southern society. Visitors
peruse cases and dioramas, viewing clothing, fine furnishings, uniforms,
tools, and weapons that help convey a sense of who settled the region and
how they altered their world to make it a prosperous area, and developed
their unique social values.

National Museum of
Funeral History
With over 20,000 square feet of exhibition
space the National Museum of Funeral History is the largest educational
center on Funeral Heritage in the United States and perhaps the world. Since
the Museum is a 501 (c) 3 organization all profits raised by donations,
admissions, and gift shop sales go towards the operation of the Museum.

Historical Museum
– Our city has a fascinating story to tell and the
Pasadena Historical Museum is home to the reminders of the "Birthplace
of Free Texas."

Railroad Museum of Galveston – For more information, call

Rice University Art Gallery
– Rice Gallery is recognized for dynamic site-specific installation art. The
gallery commissions artists to create installations that transform the
exhibition space. Rice Gallery’s adventurous and interdisciplinary
programming communicates new ways of thinking about art, and is a catalyst
for the free and lively exchange of ideas among artists, the university, and
the community at large.

San Jacinto Museum of
– The San Jacinto Museum of History is operated by the San
Jacinto Museum of History Association—a non-profit organization—in
association with the Texas State Parks and Wildlife Commission and is
located at the San Jacinto Monument. Experience the world’s tallest
monument tower. Witness revolution in the Jesse H. Jones Theatre for Texas
Studies. Discover our nation’s past among the museum’s many exhibits and
antiquities. And walk the battlefield that gave birth to the American West

Saint Joseph’s Church Museum – For more information call 409-762-3933

1940 Air Terminal Museum
The Airline Galleries, Hall of Flight, and Starliner Theater feature the uniforms, memorabilia and documents of: Trans-Texas Airways, Texas International, Continental Airlines, Pan American, Eastern,
Braniff, Chicago & Southern, Pioneer, Essair, Delta, Houston’s
"Non-Skeds", Southwest Airlines, and General Aviation. The Aviation Meteorology and Air Traffic Control Galleries feature vintage weather and ATC equipment such as teletypes, radios, and light guns as well as weather charts and navigational maps. The Children’s Dream of Flight Gallery features vintage aviation toys, games, and books as well as an aviation play table and reading library to inspire young visitors to dream of flight. Our Airport Viewing Area adjacent to the North Wing is a welcome, safe place for museum visitors to sit and watch the constant stream of air traffic at Houston Hobby Airport.

The Artcar Museum – The Artcar Museum is a private institution dedicated to contemporary art. It is an exhibition forum for local, national, and international artists. Its emphasis is on art cars, other fine arts, and artists that are rarely, if ever, acknowledged by other cultural institutions. The museum’s goal is to encourage the public’s awareness of the cultural, political, economic, and personal dimensions of art.

The Children Museum of Houston –
The Children’s Museum of Houston provides bilingual family learning programs and educational services to a broad cross-section of families, including those who visit the Museum and/or access the services of area schools, childcare centers, community centers, public libraries, and social service agencies. We serve more children than any other children’s museum in the U. S., on a per square foot basis! We house 14 multidisciplinary and bilingual exhibits, a 166-seat auditorium, and the Parent Resource Library, which offers a diverse array of materials on parenting and early childhood education.

The Forbidden Gardens –
Forbidden Gardens, in Katy, Texas, is a fascinating outdoor museum replicating some of China’s major historic scenes. Guided tours take you back to the third century BC to view the first Emperor’s amazing 6,000 piece terra-cotta army replicated in 1/3 scale. The tour continues to the intricately detailed miniatures of the famous Forbidden City in Beijing which served as palaces for nearly 500 years of Imperial rule. Come and experience the mystery and magic of Imperial China. Forbidden Gardens is a must see for everyone who wants to embark on an unforgettable journey to a faraway land without stepping outside of Texas. 

The Rothko Chapel – The
Rothko Chapel, founded by John and Dominique de Menil, was dedicated in 1971
as an intimate sanctuary available to people of every belief. A modern
meditative environment inspired by the paintings of American abstract
expressionist Mark Rothko, the Chapel welcomes thousands of visitors each
year, people of every faith and from all parts of the world.